Duck & Rice

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Ground-floor pub with Chinese restaurant above from restaurateur Alan Yau in the heart of Soho's Berwick Street.

To go out and get tanked has been given a whole new meaning by Duck & Rice, Alan Yau’s new Soho pub and dining room that dispenses ‘tank beer’. On the spot where the scruffy Endurance pub once provided warm brews and great jukebox tunes, there’s now an extraordinary-looking exoskeleton from an alien world. It still has great music: they got that bit right. But the interior of this spacecraft is a cramped and clumsy mix of Chinese action movie set and Turkish hammam, with – right at the entrance – steampunk-style copper tanks dispensing unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell.

A good Czech pilsner goes well with Chinese food, even if it’s a dizzying £5.30 per pint. The ground floor bar has a menu of pricey bar snacks such as chilli Sichuan chicken (don’t eat the chillies, which are  explosively hot garnishes).
The restaurant is on the first floor. Much like at Yauatcha next door – an earlier Yau project that he sold along with Hakkasan in 2008 – Duck & Rice takes a typically progressive approach to Chinese food. There’s Cantonese roast duck, moist and pleasingly fatty with crisp skin; modern Oriental dishes such as wasabi prawns; Malaysian char kway teoh; but also lots of jokey reinterpretations of Western-style Chinese takeaway staples.

What is the dish called No. 23, you might well ask? It’s chicken chow mein, something you’ll not find in China, but rendered well here: firm noodles, finely cut vegetables and a good balance of seasoning. Vegetable dishes included tender steamed aubergine with mui choi (preserved mustard greens). Dish pricing is higher than you’d expect in Chinatown.

This isn’t a Hakkasan or Yauatcha, but Duck & Rice still does decent dishes in a fun setting, and the mixture of Chinese restaurant and posh pub is inspired. Like all Alan Yau creations, some things work better than others. But without his innovation, Chinese restaurants in London would still be decorated like firecrackers and serving chop suey without the side order
of irony. 

By: Guy Dimond


Venue name: Duck & Rice
Address: 90 Berwick Street
Opening hours: Noon-11.30pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £80
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Nancy X

Despite the close proximity to Chinatown restaurants, Duck & Rice stands out on its own. We love taking our visitors here - the spicy vegetable dumplings are always a hit (the equivalent is difficult to find next door in Chinatown). Only downside is it's a bit on the expensive side.


What a gorgeous bar this is. A group of us came here for drinks, around 10pm, on a Saturday and were pleasantly surprised to get a table. The staff were lovely (I adore their industrial look aprons) and the place has a relaxed vibe. The cost of drinks is exactly what you'd expect for the fancy environment, but the quality of them matches so you do get what you pay for.

With music at a level with which you can actually hear yourself speak; a spacious, yet cosy, layout and stunning vintage features (check out the loos!), this is a great choice for drinks with friends or dates. I intend to try the food one time and notice they host events too - perhaps for a future visit.

Despina T

A pub downstairs with a dining room upstairs serving excellent Chinese food. Located in the heart of Soho, Duck and Rice is a great option for lunch or dinner. The menu offers a wide range of dishes, but make sure you order at least one of their duck signature dishes. The crispy duck salad is delicious: shredded crispy duck served on a mixed leaf salad with a sweet dressing. The selection of wines is good too. The service is excellent but booking in advance is recommended as both the pub and the restaurant get busy during the evening hours.

Toni S

The Duck and Rice is great! And it seems the word has spread, you need to book in advance if you'd like to book a table. The decor is great, the food is amazing (plenty of veggie options) and they have a vast range of beers. The downstairs bar area is generally quite lively and upstairs a little more intimate. Great for date night or some after work drinks!

Tom K

I had some lovely house pilsner and a super spicy Kung Po chicken. It's a nice informal place to eat post-work...if you can get a seat.

Howard S

Never knew what the fuss was about with Dim Sum, but I think Duck & Rice might convert me, stop by for an early lunch, didn't need to book a table, not much of a beer fan anymore, but apparently the brew their own beer?! Either way I'm adding to dine in the evening list! Worth checkin out

Laura B

Pre- booking here is essential. I reserved 7 weeks ahead (for a Thursday) and could get 6.30 or after 9. Tables are packed in so you can feel like you're dining with your neighbours but the food will keep me coming back. Menu is not overly clear to understand what/how many should be ordered but wait staff are very helpful. Plenty of vegetarian options and the food is excellent. Really well put together, cooked to perfection and lots of well defined flavours. A personal favourite is the black pepper glass noodles- superb. But everything we had was great: prawn toast, aubergine with mui choi, kung po chicken. Table time of 2 hours was strictly enforced so we had to go elsewhere for dessert and to continue chatting. 

Alex H

I was keen to try the food at the new trendy Pub/Chinese restaurant in Soho after having a beer at beer week. We had a drink downstairs in the bar, it's very buzzy and a nice atmosphere.  Upstairs is quieter and more stylish.

Getting a table is quite difficult and booking is a must if going at a popular time.
The wine list was extensive and quite pricey. There were some interesting beers however the 3 we chose on draft were not available,  however the staff were helpful with alternative choices.
The menu is a mixture of classic Chinese and modern twists.  The main thing we noticed was how much more the prices were than other Chinese restaurants, a side of pak choi was £8. We had duck pancakes, crispy chilli beef and pak choi.
The pancakes were nice but not too different from a cheaper Chinese in China town, other tables ordered the duck and rice which looked amazing. The crispy beef was delicious as was the pak choi. 

Overall the place itself is great for a drink and possibly some snack food, however if you want a full Chinese experience i would try other Chinese restaurants.


Duck and Rice looks to Berwick Street like Kanye looks amongst suited city workers; totally in your face and a bit out of place. You go inside and the whole place shines. I'd walked past the place many a time but never gone out of my way to return for dinner. This time, I was walking past the same time as my tummy rumbled. 

The food is pricey for what it is. I think they're still paying off the shininess of the place through the food. Expensive it is good it is also. The rib bao buns drip with butter. Divine. The black pepper beef was rich yet delicate and all the sauce was gratefully absorbed by some egg fried rice.

I liked Duck and Rice. It's taken Chinese food and plonked it somewhere a bit more interesting. 

Sarah R

Wandering around Soho on Friday evening, my friend and I stumbled upon this great little place.
It is like a gastro pub with Asian inspiration and amazing interior design. I couldn't believe I never heard of it! I was in love. Clearly other people knew about this place, hence the crowd.

We still got to enjoy the evening, music and atmosphere was great. We ordered sangria, which I thought is such an original thing to have on the menu, considering the type of the place.

All in all, I will try to come here often and give a try to food as well!


Veery tasty duck dishes.  Hearty food I would want to go back. Well done Alan Yau!

Lucy Loo

I'd been meaning to check out Duck & Rice for ages, since it was first announced as Alan Yau's latest venture, so when my sister & I were wandering around Soho looking for a place to eat last night it was the perfect opportunity to try it. We planned to have a catch up with a bottle of wine and a few light bites, so we found a table in the corner of the downstairs pub area which was full and very buzzy for a Wednesday evening. The decor didn't disappoint, it has an art deco, almost Gatsby feel about it, and although a pub / Chinese restaurant combination sounds odd, it totally works. We ate prawn sesame toasts which were crunchy and delicious, full of big chunks of king prawns, followed by tasty prawn & pork dim sum, sweet venison puffs, edamame and Malaysian Char Kwetio - a tasty, hot noodle dish with prawns and spicy sausage. The house white wine was nice, and very cold and not crazy expensive at £23.

It's slightly annoying that you have to go to the bar to order, but they don't add service charge to the bill (unusual anywhere in Soho), and they have plenty of staff available so you are served quickly. Overall our bill came to just under £60 which was OK, but I can see how you could easily spend much more when you are hungry.

We took a look at the restaurant upstairs after our meal, which was less than half full and had very little atmosphere, re-affirming to me that Duck & Rice works, but mainly for the downstairs pub area, which is unlike anywhere else I'd been to in London. Definitely worth a visit.

Phillip W

I am Chinese so I might be a bit critical with their food.

If you like decor but don't really care about food, come here!

If you like food, be prepared to pay roughly 20-30% more than some even better restaurants in China Town; which is 5min down the road. We ordered the duck (make sense since they are named after it), the skin was crispy, but man it was the most salty duck I have ever had (I usally eat things more salty than others since I exercise regularly). We ordered the Kung Po Chicken, to be honest they should called it Kung Po Nuts as I was struggling to find chicken on that dish.

Drinks were ok, I got an old fashioned as beer cocktail and GF had the guava collins. The taste matches Be at One at happy hour, which is not bad since we are paying a premium for the food anyway.

In conclusion I will go back for drinks (as it does look quite nice and quirky).  But for food I was the only yellow elephant in the dining room - minus some of the workers there.  Never again I will pay for their food, unless I won the Euro million or I am not hungry.

Kev S

Great bar and quality food nice idea. Not snobby staff are great. Let's hope it can keep up with the high standards.