Diane, A Broad
May 7, 2013

Duck Soup [London]

Duck Soup is the little wine bar I mentioned on my last post about London. We passed by it on the street and I did a double-take: I was sure I’d read about this place somewhere. The menu looked good. We walked in, and were immediately seated at two empty bar stools.

It’s in the same vein as some of my favorite spots in Paris: mostly natural wines and seasonal cooking with smallish, shareable plates. I would eat like this every day if I could. Serendipity, right?

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

But it was our first meal in London, so it felt wrong to get a glass of Bordeaux. We went for beer instead.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Wikipedia says that hipsterism “fetishizes the authentic.” Well I guess that makes this a hipster bar, what with the hand-written, daily-changing menus (with both smaller “bar” plates and larger “kitchen” plates), the wine menu scrawled on the wall, and the bring-your-own-vinyls policy for the record player, which was spinning Nirvana and the B-52s that night. Not to mention how of-the-moment the plates are.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Torn bits of rich, milky mozzarella atop warm sweet peas and a puddle of olive oil. Spring on a plate.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Wee olives for snacking are always appreciated with a beer or three.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Roasted Iberico pork with beans, greens, and some spicy stuff. I didn’t know or care at that point; me and the kitchen, we were like that. They understood me, man. This was exactly what I’d wanted. Despite the usual Brooklyn anti-chic decor that these kinds of wine bars are going for nowadays, this is straight-up well-made comfort food.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

We finished off with another beer and a just-fine chocolate mousse, recommended by our pixie-ish server.

Duck Soup [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

I was lucky to have stumbled into Duck Soup at 10pm on a Tuesday night. Next time I’ll be making it a priority.

Duck Soup
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY
+44 020 7287 4599

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  • Kyla Brooke Annear

    How did you find London? I’m based here and love it. The food looks amazing. I think I’ll check it out too.

    • http://dianeabroad.com/ Diane, A Broad

      I thoroughly enjoyed it, I only wish I’d had more time there.

  • http://twitter.com/HeidiSladen Moving Foodie Blog

    Lovely post. I’ve just discovered your blog & looking forward to reading some of your Paris posts before my trip later this month too! Heidi, The Moving Foodie Blog.