alan yau is at it again. the london-based entrepreneur has added a new gem to his already extensive portfolio of lauded eateries strewn across the globe, and this time it's on home turf. called duck + rice, it's another excercise of brilliant conceptual thinking that not only encompasses the food that's being served, asian obviously, but also cleverly feeds off – pun intended – soho's neighbourhood vibe and its pub culture. enabling lau to create this hybrid gastropub is acclaimed istanbul-based practice autoban. graphic-patterned stained glass windows adorn the façade and are a pretaster of the contemporary yet alluringly exotic setting that unfolds when entering the premises. duck + rice's ground floor features an actual pub section, replete with an elongated bar, tables, and shiny brass beer tanks that are more than just decorative. walls are clad in glazed tiles with a floral motif and are paired with parquet flooring. a cast iron spiral staircase, ornately decorated, leads upstairs to a dining area, and here the atmosphere is a tad more formal with a a variety of seating arrangements for two and large groups. what about the food? first of all, there's a wide variety of it. obviously chinese, the menu lists gourmet bites that go well with one of the many quality beers from across europe, to good old yet expertly cooked classics, and a number of signature dishes from the recipe book that bestowed yau with global culinary fame. location: 90 berwick street [soho].
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