The Duck and Rice, Soho

This place is good for a mid-week date in Soho, but better for a cheeky Sundate
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The Vibe

Duck and Rice is a clever concept from Alan Yau. It’s casual gastropub character – pints of beer and chill sauce bottles on low key wooden tables – spells ‘chilled out’ to the casual dater looking for something a little more budget than nearby Yauatcha. However, like a Sloane moved to Stokey, the posh eventually shines through. Wait a second, these hostesses are a little TOO charming. Are these brass finishings and ceramic wall panels? Is that Jason Artherton enjoying a Sunday hang? I knew it, Duck and Rice, you’re fancy!   But thankfully, you’re also reasonable, kinda hip and somewhere that manages to calm rising daytime dating nerves. Maybe it’s the wooden pencils and scribbling menus. Nope, it’s the beer.

The Order

Order said tankards of beer on a Sunday lunch to help settle into the date and out of the hangover. Then pencil tick the menu in turns – a trio of Venison Puffs, Shu Mai, those divine sticky pork buns (Char Sui), crispy chilli beef (perfect texture and crunch), spicy Singapore noodles, and some token greens in Oyster sauce.. Mix it up for dessert and beg your way to Yauatcha for some take away macaroons to give your date. Smooth.

The Game

This place is good for a mid-week date in Soho, but better for a cheeky Sundate. Head around 3pm once the lunchtime trade has died down and ascend the winding stairs to ask nicely for a table. When seated shift your chair around the circular table till you’re close enough to feel intimate. Then glug Valhalla-sized pints and steal the pencil off each other as you pick food. Swap weekend anecdotes and bring the matey flirt on.
It’s going well so make a day of it. Onto Yauatcha for macaroons, then hot new gallery Lights of Soho for a glass of prosecco and a walk round the neon art. Leave by 8pm and realise you’re hungry. On to Pizza Pilgrims for a £22 litre of red wine, two sloppy pies and red blankets in the cold courtyard. NOW you kiss.

The Faults

You might regret not dressing up for this pub.


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Solid 3.

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