Duck Soup had been on my list for a long time, but for one reason or another, I kept forgetting about it. Last Friday we had our friend Bon in town and since his visit was a last minute thing, we didn’t have any bookings, and so decided to just wander around Soho and pick a place. There was a long list of places in Soho I have been wanting to try such as Babaji Pide (but they are closed now post fire incident), Bo Drake http://www.bodrake.co.uk/ (our friend is not very adventurous and said no to Korean Mexican) or Bone Daddies pop-up place Shackfuyu (http://www.bonedaddies.com/shackfuyu/).
On our way to Shackfuyu we bumped into Duck Soup and decided to give it a go. The place is tiny and very cramped. We sat on the counter and Bon said he loves counters as he usually gets the best service. We were hoping for a fun Palomar like counter experience but that was not the case and they were just uncomfortable and very tight seats.
The menu changes weekly and is a mix of Mediterranean and British I guess, hard to explain.
What we ate:
Fettuccine with wild hops, garlic leaves and parmesan: the pasta tasted very fresh and we had never tried hops apart from in beer so were too intrigued to pass. Hops are green and look like samphire but have an asparagus like taste. Sadly, there were not enough of them on the pasta and it was just a good pasta with some parmesan with some garlic undertones.
Lamb chops, sheep’s milk, labneh and zatar: well cooked and well spiced and the labneh was a great touch and made it unique and different, but the plate could have used some green elements or some colour. It felt a little bare.
Squid, peas and peashoots: nicely pan fried squid that was tender and smothered in a spicy oil of some sort. The peas and shoots added to the plate décor but were not enough to fill me up.
We looked at the dessert menu and none jumped off the page yelling eat me so we walked to Scoops for some ice cream. On the way we encountered Cutter and Squidge (http://www.cutterandsquidge.com) and went in for their biskie which is a biscuit/cookie/cake thing filled with buttercream (way better consumed the next morning when it wasn’t cold) and some ombre cake with vanilla and raspberries.
In sum: no reason to go back to Duck Soup, service was ok, too crowded and too many other better places in the area like 10 Greek Street (http://www.samstewartetc.com/10-greek-street/).
Duck Soup http://www.ducksoupsoho.co.uk/
41 Dean Street, London, W1D 4PY
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