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“The Duck Place”

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant - Chinatown
Ranked #4,072 of 23,024 Restaurants in London
Price range: $20 - $31
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Soho
Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
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“The Duck Place”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

From HK to London for holiday together with family, we took the in-laws to Chinatown for some comfort food. We tried a coupe of other restaurants but they were definitely nowhere near as good as Four Seasons. Small place, they were packed with long queue so if you expect to sit comfortably then don't go there but if you expect a nice Chinese meal with excellent duck then this is the place. Do not expect premium service from these restaurants but they are not rude and they give reasonably good service, what else do you want? Definitely recommend anyone to try the duck.

  • Visited August 2013
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Peking Duck”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Peking Duck is my favourite meal in the world and Four Seasons in London definitely does it best!

I found out about this restaurant several years ago when I read an article about it in the weekend edition of the Financial Times...the author was proclaiming that he had the best duck in the world here and that his friends begged him not to write about it. So I decided I had to try it too. There has not been a visit to London ever since that did not include a Pekin Duck at the Four Seasons.We have tried both the Queensway and the Chinatown locations.

There is nothing special about the restaurants themselves, but one definitely goes there for the food, not for the surroundings. Sometimes there are long queues and the places are quite crammed inside.

Other favourites of ours here are mapo tofu, crispy fried seaweed, won-ton soup, steamed pak choi.

Two more little things to look forward to each time: extremely juicy and sweet oranges and mints on the house at the end of each meal.

  • Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Mediocre food, you can do a lot better”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

1970s style Cantonese restaurant with a predilection for the deep fryer. Singnature duck wasn't very good, but maybe that's how people like it

It could get away with this level of mediocrity in the suburbs, but not in the heart of Chinatown - there are too many better places to choose from.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Duck specialist??Are you for real?”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

What are disappointment! Bad food, bad services and poor value for money. I would never return or recommend it to anyone. Visited this place today as it claims to be duck specialist and has a newspaper advert at the window saying “best roast duck in the world” . The duck hung by the window looks nothing special and looks exactly the same as any other Chinese places. Even so we decided to give it a go, naively thinking that it will taste very good as claimed. The duck arrived and its nothing but disappointment. The flavour is absouletely standard, duck skin wasnt prepared properly and still had duck hair on some pieces.The duck was however the best dish out of all dishes we ordered. Golden king prawn ball looks promising on the menu, turned out to be greasy and blend with no flavour at all. Tou fu hot pot is just tou fu boiled in MSG liquid. Food aside, staff was very keen to get us out. Fruit plate was brought to us when we are half way through the mains. Bill was brought to us without us asking and while we are still having our meal. Staff was rude and service was horrible. To make it worse we were charged 12.5% service. Really??

  • Visited August 2013
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“Duck specialist? Is that a joke?”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

This so called duck specialist was recommended by a friend. The fact that we went to into the restaurant and became the only table that spoke Cantonese worried me. We ordered a whole roasted duck (surprisingly had 4 legs and quite a bit of duck hair still attached to the skin), stir fried kai lam (never seen that much of chopped ginger cubes appeared in a plate in my whole life), wonton soup noodles (frozen wonton boiled in msg soup), battered king prawn (looks promising on photo but was cold and soggy). Service was even more disappointed - the waiter was keen to get us finished off our meal ASAP, whilst we still had half of everything left in our plates, he couldn't wait to serve sliced fruit as refreshment and brought us the bill without even prompted. Also got charged additional 12.5% for the 'prompt' service we received.

  • Visited August 2013
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