Soho's Berwick Street is a bit of a sweet spot for me and my cousin - we're always sipping tea in the cute and terribly urban tea rooms and cafes up and down this part of Soho. But we were in need of something a bit more satisfying solid than tea, so we wandered down to Duck & Rice, near the bottom of Berwick Street, the dark, and yet inviting pub-come-restaurant.
Despite us not having a reservation, we were immediately seated upstairs and presented with some spicy prawn crackers.
I'll advise though, that whilst Duck and Rice sounds typically Asian, the dishes aren't that inventive, considering the location, and we weren't blown away by our choice. They weren't bad at all, decent, just not mind-blowing.
It's basically, a polished pub. No fancy dishes, edible grub, no-frills when it comes to dining here, and that's totally okay. It's a great place for sharing however, with a number of sharing dishes like dim sum, what they define as 'small chow' - such as the chilli sichuaun chicken and butterfly prawns - which make for a nice talking point in large groups.
My dish of spicy beef, was a generous portion of beautifully-cut meat, that was a tad on the gamey side for me, but tasty nonetheless. The steamed aubergine was the winner for me, along with the crispy fried duck rice.
I don't think Duck and Rice would be my first choice when dining in Soho (there's so much choice), but for a tasty, quick meal, it's up there.