The Duck and Rice

4.4
67 reviews
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A Soho pub serving Chinese comfort food by Alan Yau in the beating heart of Berwick Street market
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
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020 3327 7888
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MasterCard, Visa
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Business Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.5

The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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4.1
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4.4
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K
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

When we turned up the restaurant can not find our reservation. They claim that they stopped using opentable six months ago.
Though it wasn’t that busy so they found a table for us. The food was good. So was some of the waiters.
It could’ve been better if our reservation actually meant something!

h
London
35 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A modern take on many Chinese classics and fairly well done. Not the best for value but at least the food was good.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have the crispy fried duck! It is amazing.

S
London
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They were able to accommodate a very late change of plan which was much appreciated. The pre drinks of gin cocktails and the special lager were great. Superb menu choice and excellent meal. Service excellent. Having an open window table on the hottest day of the year was both welcome and an experience. Would certainly recommend and will visit again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quite noisy! And the sofa next to the stairs was shaking at every step. Nice service but we have had a lot better Chinese food experience at other restaurants.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The duck served was succulent and tender. It's probably the best I've tasted to date.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All round great experience. The food was outstanding, particularly the crispy duck, and the service was excellent.

R
London
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I booked a table online for 2 given that it was my girlfriend's birthday.
I called at 3,40pm (booking at 4pm) to let them know I'd be late 10 minutes due to traffic and, although in a polite way, I was advised that could not guarantee the table as the kitchen closes at 4,30pm (well, I'd arrive 20 mins earlier. If they need time to clean maybe they shouldn't allow booking at 4 pm).
On arrival, the gentleman on the reception was pretty neutral.
Our waitress was nice (as opposite to rude) and the food arrived promptly but as soon as everything arrived and we finish eating I was presented with the bill. (What if I would like another beer? Desert anyone? Maybe downstairs at the bar?).
Also, they knew it was our first time there and a birthday, even the most basic restaurants offer a little something or at least they wish happy birthday.
It was not bad, the food was good but I would not consider returning as it seems a bit overpriced. Or in other words, expect a cool and central place but normal service and good but not exceptional food.

E
London
56 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Brilliant restaurant with exceptional food and atmosphere.

SM
London
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to the Duck and Rice as it was conveniently located close to the West End theatres so went pre-show. The staff were mindful of this and we managed to get out of the restaurant right on time, although we'd have loved to stay longer and enjoy the atmosphere in the bar! The restaurant section is located upstairs which means it is more quiet for conversation, and we left feeling very satisfied with what we'd eaten and drunk. Would love to go again and try more dishes.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were seated upstairs at a very nice table by the window corner, quite cozy.
Food was good overall but slightly erratic: so while gai lan and dim sum were delicious, crisp duck was rather dry and came with thicker than expected pancakes.
Good service but a little slow, then again we were there on a busy late friday night.

C
London
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely restraurant for a post theatre dinner. Great to find a place that isn't rushing you out despite the late night booking! Serbia was great and were even happy to accommodate food requests. Great food (especially the king pao) and would definitely recommend!

RF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Dim Sum and the duck were superb. There are other delicious asian cuisine alternatives but the peking duck is the best. Very good cocktails as well. A bit noisy for my taste but it may be I am getting old. Apart from that loved it.

R
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drink was really good. Service was great but we had a long wait in between our dishes. Would still recommend to anyone else and go back!

K
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant! My husband and I went to this restaurant while on our honeymoon in London and had the BEST meal of the trip. The food is amazing, the ambiance is great, and the service was excellent. We are so happy that a friend suggested this restaurant and will definitely go back on our next trip to London.

s
London
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Really great food of the quality we've come to expect from an Alan Yau restaurant. Best thing of all is it seems to be empty at lunchtime on weekdays, which is a wonderful find as it's not noisy at all - perfect for a business lunch. I shall be going back.

m
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the ambience, will deffo be coming back.

AT
Cambridge
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Singapore noodles we've had ever. Great menu, really tasty food, sticky pork Bao's were really good too. Nice friendly staff and very accomodating of our 5 year old, who loved it so much she wants us to take her back for her birthday next month!! The home brewed pilsner was very very nice also ;-)

o
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite place to be any evening of the week - strongly recommend!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lunch with a friend.
Loads of great things on the menu so we both struggled to make a decision. The gin cocktail I ordered (with a cheery in it) was delicious.

J
London
32 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful meal affordable prices, good service but wine a little expensive.

A
London
207 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It's an overpriced Chinese restaurant with a very nice atmosphere. I would go there for the setting, not for the food. Food is OK, but no different from what you get in Chinatown. The crockery is different, the taste is the same, but the price is much higher

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place - nice bar area - great food - friendly staff and service - will defo be returning !!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theatre dinner. Told our waiter up front - he made sure our service was prompt. Ambience was Good. Food was Good. Service was very Good, thank you Nicholas. Cocktails Good. Will go again.

p
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was bland, bland, bland - you'd be better off at a cheap local takeaway. kung Po chicken lacked any spice, pak choi with garlic had hardly any garlic - all very disappointing

FG
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Had previously had good experience (lunchtime) here, but in the evening the service was a lot poorer. Our finished plates were left on our table for ages - and then we were offered desserts/tea/coffee etc. We ordered some tea, and then were asked to leave the table before we'd finished it as the table had been rebooked. Perhaps they could have cleared the (clearly finished) plates 30 minutes earlier....

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was really good and the place is nice and pretty, we found hair in our food though and they didn't say sorry or anything just took the plate away :(

FG
London
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good place for semi-formal business lunch meeting. Nice decor and good food.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The Duck and Rice was very easy to book, staff very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. Food came quickly once ordered and was very good. No complaints at all and would recommend to anyone.

SA
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good food. The pancakes for the duck were not the best i've had and the quantity of them, as well as the quantity of spring onions and cucumber is not enough for a 1/2 portion of duck. Thankfully we had refills brought for us to resolve this. Overall worth it. Little bit more expensive than your average chinese and comparable quality food really.

K
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really delicious food, one of my favourite restaurants ever...

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a gorgeous dining room, with amazing, delicious and authentic food. Thank you so much Duck and Rice!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the better roasr ducks ive eaten in London! Good ales too!

MP
London
22 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a little slow but the quality of the food more than made up for it. The dim sum is delicious!

A
London
9 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, sat in the window watched the Chinese Dog Dance

Service was excellent, friendly staff, wonderfull food

Decor was 1930's Shanghai Art Deco decadence

I loved it, will be back

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Disappointing - a lot of show, but not more than that. Average and overpriced main course and wine (which was too warm). Dim Sum very good, though. Staff was helpful, but not very organized.

D
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delish Asian food with great service and atmosphere to match. And a little on the exy side as a result.

BW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ambiance was perfect. We had a table for two by the fire. Food was fantastic. The Honey Beer was delicious. 5*

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very efficient staff, super friendly, attentive, professional.

G
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome. A touch too much salt on the spring onions in the squid but still really good food and reasonably priced.

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