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23 July 2014
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Ducksoup

41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR

£45.00 Modern European Soho

Overall Diner Rating

 

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  • Wine: £26.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-10.30pm Sun 1-6pm

Square Meal Review of Ducksoup ?

No bookings, a scrawled menu assuming encyclopaedic food knowledge, bare-boned surrounds, hard metal stools and general chaos as new arrivals are squeezed in at the bar – visiting brutally pared-back Ducksoup may sound like something akin to ‘torture’. However, Soho natives are accustomed to such trifles and are happy to queue for the ‘fun, bubbly atmosphere’ and ‘excellent quality’ small plates – all courtesy of three Mark Hix alumni. The freewheeling daily line-up could see slabs of ‘wonderfully rich’ pork terrine, deep-fried Jerusalem artichokes, salted monkfish cheeks with olive oil or finger-licking chicken wings with curry leaves, tahini and yoghurt – plus seasonal ideas such as grilled peaches with orange-scented mascarpone for afters. A well-vetted list of natural wines, plus daily pours by the glass, also demonstrate the outfit’s pedigree. In short, Ducksoup gets a ‘massive thumbs-up’.

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  1. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Natalie W.

    Horrible Service, Overpriced, Stay Clear

        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  2. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Matt P.
        (32)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  3. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Lyndon W.
        (3)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 8

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  4. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Heather G.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 8

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  5. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Jay R.
        (7)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  6. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Grumbling Gourmet
      Gold Reviewer  (86)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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  7. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Captain Haddock
        (12)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 6

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  8. Ducksoup

    41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PR
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    Richard E.
      Platinum Reviewer  (129)
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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  1. So much in London is about style over substance; restaurateurs want a slick and cool interior, a heavy on the door and the most glamorous clientele that they can entice in. But surely it should sometimes be just about the food? Don't get me wrong, I love the sexy Mayfair bars and restaurants but sometimes you just want a simple pleasure. Having read about the wonderful food at Ducksoup on Rosie's blog, A Little Lusciousness, I thought it would the perfect next stop for the Soho Lunch Club...
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  2. Published : Monday, 7th October 2013

    The Apposite :: DUCKSOUP

    Simply delicious Sunday afternoon and after two flat tires on my way to West London, I decided that fate wanted me to stay central. I was hungry and the dilemma was obvious; go safe or go Apposite? With endless possibilities on my mind, I headed to a destination that has been on the Apposite radar for a long time, Ducksoup. This tiny restaurant is located in Soho, most probably the most challenging food scene in the country. With neighbours like Burger and Lobster, the Groucho Club and Quo Vadis, how do you tackle trendsetters, classy acts and British culinary ambassadors? By being yourself...
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  3. Published : Sunday, 8th September 2013

    Frenchy love food :: DUCKSOUP - Soho

    This week I went for my first lunch at Ducksoup with two friends, both of them have already been there before. The concept of Ducksoup is the same as a tapas restaurant, some dishes (Bar menu) are small portion and are ideal to share for starters, and others are more like a main course (Kitchen menu). What I like about this place is the decoration, it is quite simple but it is friendly, probably because all tables are near each other (it could something I wouldn't like if I was having a romantic dinner, but for lunch with my two friends it didn't bother me). I like the menu which was hand-written...
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  4. Published : Sunday, 25th August 2013

    A Table For Two :: Duck Soup

    It speaks volumes of a place if you get terrible service on a Friday evening. The staff either hate their boss, you or a mixture of both. Duck Soup’s staff seemed to be inconvenienced by our arrival. A slight flicker of eye contact above people’s heads was as much of an acknowledgment we were going to get...
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  5. Timing is the key to getting into these tiny, no-reservations places and this time we got massively lucky. No sooner had we stuck our head in the door, than were were shown through to a tiny table beside the bar. The decor is minimalist, it’s dimly lit and and a John Lee Hooker 12″ was playing in the background. We ordered two small plates to start, followed by two large. The starters, quail with turmeric and fried red prawns were both delicious. The mention of turmeric on the menu made me assume that the quail would be spicy and curried, but there was really no reason to jump to that conclusion. It was perfectly cooked with juicy meat and a crispy skin and was a pleasure to eat with my hands...
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  6. Published : Sunday, 29th July 2012

    Ross eats :: Ducksoup

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon I popped in for lunch and the first thing that grabbed me was for a place that is seemingly across all the papers and social media it was all but empty. The seat over looking the street was full with it’s maximum 3 people sitting in a line and drinking a glass of red but other than that not a soul to be seen other than the front of house. I took this to my advantage and grabbed the seat with it’s back to the record player (pro-tip: it has extra back room) and got handed the days menu – 1 sheet of orange A5 paper covered in lists of small tapas type dishes, £7 plates, £14 plates and puddings, and a few random boxes containing info about oysters and aperitifs. Remixing a phrase made famous by Roy Walker it’s very a much a ‘say what you see’ menu with the ingredients being listed one by one and no hint of presentation or delivery (opposed to raw being included alongside meats where required). I don’t think I quite got the menu format but from what I can tell the food is served tapas style (or at random if you will). The concept of starters and main doesn’t seem to come into play as a few minutes after tucking into what I thought was my starter my main also arrived...
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