London Fat Duck @ Scotts Square – Is this truly the Wagyu of Ducks?
It’s the roast duck craze now, isn’t it? First Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant opened in Capitol Piazza, subsequently London Roast Duck opened its doors at Scotts Square. Then many other new Chinese restaurants started to market their roast duck. I gave Misschewy a belated birthday treat at London Fat Duck one week ago. Started by Akashi restaurants and Fei Siong, this restaurant serves wallet friendly Chinese food. We started our dinner with Crispy London Duck Snow Bun ($4.80) The skin has a nice bite, a slight milky taste, with a savoury filling.
Using the best Irish Duck famous for its quality, the signature London Roast Duck ($48.80 whole, $12.80 regular) prides itself as “Wagyu of Ducks”. Enhanced with their Hong Kong chef’s secret duck roasting technique and heritage recipe, the crispy skin reminds me of Beijing Roast Duck and the meat is juicy and tender. It’s nothing fancy, just a plate of roast duck done right. And if you ask me to compare the roast duck between Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant and London Fat Duck, the former has a really tasty sauce while the latter wins hands down for their crispy skin.
While I wasn’t very impressed with the roast duck, their BBQ Pork with Honey Sauce ($14.80) was another story. The smoky meat has a sweet caramelized exterior and slightly charred bits. We finished it very quickly.
Not only roasting of ducks, London Fat Duck also features Dim Sum, Hong Kong style Wanton Noodles, Lobster Noodles and many other Hong Kong comfort food. I didn’t quite like the Hong Kong-style London Duck Dumpling ($12.80). The huge dumpling was packed with duck meat and duck egg yolks. It was rather bland and I felt like I am just stuffing myself with mouthfuls of glutinous rice.
If you want to visit London Fat Duck, my tip for you is to go by 6.30pm. If not, expect to wait because the place is not very big (and very cramp). Also, don’t expect to get exceptional service here, our drinks only came after several reminders. I was told that they are setting up their second outlet in September, hope it will be a bigger space with better service!
London Fat Duck
Address: B1-16/17 Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road
Tel: 6443 7866 (no reservations)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 10pm.
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