If you ever get lost in the busy Soho streets of London and you get hungry and thirsty for some good Czech beer Duck & Rice is a place you should find. It may not be to you but to me this is quite unusual concept that puts together together two great things. That is oriental/asian food and the best beer in the world (OK I may be bias coming from Czech Republic) Pilsner Urquell.
I was not exactly sure what to expect before my visit earlier on this week however I was surprised to find exactly what it says. It is a cosy pub with small touches of Chinese decor serving good beer but also Chinese food. And the food is actually meeting very good standards. I am not talking greasy takeaway style but very big selection of dumplings and of course duck dishes. However, it is also not one of those pretentious places. The atmosphere is very chilled, cool and perfect for lunch or dinner in the middle of Soho.
Our delicious champagne lunch started with some selection of dumplings which were beyond. You cannot simply expect boring Dim Sum as they have a great selection and I enjoyed them all. We were also very lucky with the weather and their big sliding windows gave us a great feel of sitting inside outside whilst sipping our bubbly drinks and cocktails and beer of course.
I am normally quite confident about what was my favourite dish but on this occasion I could not make up my mind. It must be the selection of dumplings we started with as those really stayed in mind. However, I still loved the rest including their signature dish Duck & Rice. They have several duck dishes each different when it comes to way how they are cooked so why not to try something different and delicious. I am coming back here for sure for a dumpling or too. LOL
Kdyz se nekdy ztratite v rusnych ulickach Londynskeho Soha a chytne vas hlad a taky chut na ceskou Plzen, tak se v kazdem pripade snazte najit cestu do Duck & Rice. Mozna se mylim, kdyz reknu, ze tohle misto spojuje dve vyborne veci a to asijskou kuchyni a nejlepsi pivo na svete Pilsner Urquell (ted se ve me ozvala prava Ceska haha).
Nez jsem do Duck & Rice poprve zavitala, nebyla jsem si jista, co me ceka. A nakonec to bylo presne jak mi bylo receno. Prijemna hospoda s dobrym pivem, ktera zaroven podava Cinskou kuchyni. Necekejte zadna umastena jidla, ktera se podobaji tem z klasickych takeaway restauraci, ale dobre kvalitni jidlo. Hospoda ma zaroven moc pekny interier a jde znat, ze je tam urcity orientalni vliv. Na druhou stranu to neni ani super luxusni restaurace. Zkratka prijemne misto s prijemnou atmosferu, kde se budete citit dobre a hlavne pokud mate radi tuto kuchyni, se tam dobre najite.
Nas vytecny obed s sampanskym zacal samozrejme vyberem Dim Sum a opravdu vam nelzu, nenasla jsem nic, co by mi nechutnalo. Maji bohaty vyber a kazdy si najde co ma rad. Navic v prvnim patre byly otevrene velke okna a bylo porad hezke pocasi, clovek si tak uzije vyhled ven a vse je hned veselejsi.
Vetsinou nemam po navsteve restaurace problem rict, co mi nejvic chutnalo, ale tentokrat se nemuzu nejak rozhodnout. Ale nejvice mi asi chutnaly klasicke dumplings. Navic jsem mela moznost v jejich kuchyni videt, jak se vubec delaji. Ale chutnalo mi opravdu vsechno, od zeleniny az po jejich kacenu s ryzi. Je to jejich hlavni specialita jak uz vypovida z nazvu. Ja se sem kazdopadne vratim na nejaky ten cinsky knedlik. Tak snad se tam potkame.
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