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Saturday Soho Lunch Club – Ducksoup

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,ย A Little Lusciousness, I thought it would the perfect next stop for the Soho Lunch Club.


Me standing outside Duck Soup
Do you like my outfit? I’d got just a new top from Maje which I’d paired with a Joseph skirt and Jimmy Choo boots!
Interior of Duck Soup
The restaurant is tiny with a metal stools at the bar and just a few tables.
Me inside Ducksoup
The interior of Duck Soup is incredibly pared down and basic but, expecting wonderful things from the kitchen,ย I was prepared to over look the slightly dilapidated tables…
record player at Ducksoup
Music even came from an old fashioned record player…which reminded of the days of spinning around to Kylie hits as a child…
Some champagne eased us in nicely.
Champagne at Ducksoup


Ducksoup take pride in their wine; the wine list is short but all are natural and biodynamic. It was a fine tasting champagne…so nice we had it twice…
The menu changes daily and the selection of seasonal European dishes is hand written on piece of paper for you and updated daily on their website / tumblr account.
Bread at Ducksoup
We started with a good hunk of sourdough…I often judge a place by the bread and it was deliciously chewy (in a good way) with a crispy crust.


Artichokes at Ducksoup
Mr Silver chose artichokes with lardo to start. While the artichokes were good; the plate was very oily which was unnecessary with the lardo already present.


Prawns at Ducksoup
I chose Sicilian red prawns for my starter. The prawns were small and the skin was soft so I was told that I could eat them whole. The prawns were ok but slightly lacking in flavour despite the amount of garlic that was on there!


Lamb at Ducksoup
Lamb chops with salmoriglio. There were lots of ingredients on the Ducksoup menu that I’d never heard of and this was one. Salmoriglio is a Southern Italian sauce made up of olive oil, chopped garlic, oregano, parsley and lemon juice. Though the lamb was perfectly cooked; the plate was again overly oily and Mr S found the garlic in the sauce too pungent.


Fish at Ducksoup
Chargrilled Sandsole with burnt lemon. My fish was very well cooked and seasoned just right. We’re often told we eat with our eyes and the food at Ducksoup wasn’t particularly visually appealing. But, looks aren’t everything…


A side dish of mixed greens.


And desiree potatoes.
The food at Duck Soup was ok and reasonably priced; but I’d really expected more. I appreciate the ‘substance over style’ concept but the food didn’t live up to expectations and I’d had a much better meal at 10 Greek Street which espouses similar values to Duck Soup and costs around the same.
41 Dean Street
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  • I agree that quality of food is most important. The sandsole looks yummy and perfectly cooked. I will have to try out 10 Greek Street. Hope your having a nice weekend Lucy x

    • Yes, the sandsole was probably the best thing that we had. 10 Greek Street have also just opened 8 Hoxton Square so I want to try it there too!!
      Lots of love,

  • I think you can tell the food looks oily just be looking at it!! Seems someone was a tad heavy handed that day….real shame…I hate having to pay for food when you didn't enjoy it!!


    • I agree, A bit of oil is nice but you don't want your food sitting in a pool of oil. It was difficult to make the food look that appealing, unfortunately!
      Lots of love,

  • The food looks and sounds delicious here, thanks for sharing lovely.

    Elizabeth x | http://www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

    • I'm glad that you like it; I was worried that my photos weren't too appealing!! I hope that you enjoy future posts!
      Lots of love,

      SilverSpoon London

  • oooh the food photos look divine!! those prawns!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ahhh thank you, I'm glad that you like the look of them!
      Lots of love,

  • I love youre little grey and black outfit – super cute!
    you are beautiful!
    just stumbled across your blog – im a londoner too so i cant wait to see where else you discover ๐Ÿ™‚
    hope you had a lovely weekend!

    Mollie xoxo
    Would love you to check out my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh that's so sweet! You've really made my day!! I'm glad that you like the outfit and the blog! Please do keep taking a look to find out what's new!
      Lots of love,

  • The food looks yummy! Love to visit someday.. Great post! xo akiko
    Style Imported

  • The food looks yummy! Love to visit someday.. Great post! xo akiko
    Style Imported

    • I'm really glad that you like the look of it!
      Lots of love,

  • Aw such a shame that the food was having an off day!! It was SO good when we went… And we ordered the lamp chops, but no oil – they had a rub on them to give them their flavour, so luckily we didn't get excess grease on our plates. I think it's worth going back there- maybe just keep an eye on their menu and pick a day when it looks better!!

    Rosie xx

    • Hey! Sorry the post is a little negative. I hope people read both our reviews and see both sides of the place. Restaurant reviewing is so subjective; I find it hard with places like this where you don't try much of the food and it could just be these particular dishes. Having said that; I really didn't dislike the place I was just expecting more!
      Lots of love,

  • Mmmmmm i now need food, lots and lots of food x

    • I'm glad you enjoyed the post!
      Lots of love,

  • What a shame it didn't live up to expectations! Although, some of it looks rather tasty – maybe it's just your photographs!!

    Katie <3

    • Ahhh….yes it's probably just good lighting!
      Lots of love,