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Monsieur Le Duck is a new duck restaurant, just opened in the City of London (previously mentioned here). The venue’s aim is simple: to bring a morsel of South-West France to London, in the form of french duck, french fries, and of course french wine. We at Vada popped in to find out how this restaurant works, and just how quacking the duck is.
The glass-fronted venue sits between Liverpool Street Station and Spitalfields market, with a modest 55 covers. There are a variety of tables either at the window, small tables for two, or part of a larger high-tables. Whilst the latter is not of French origin, it may work for some London diners.
Le menu at Monsieur Le Duck
For those familiar with the l’Entrecôte chain (equally french in style and product), Monsieur Le Duck will not be a foreign concept. The menu is simple: duck, that’s it. Diners choose only how they want their meat cooked (either as duck burgers, confit of duck leg, duck magret breast), all served with frites (£17), and an optional side (£4 – £4.50). The starter is a mixed leaf salad, and there is an option for bread and duck fat butter (£2).
On our visit, we sampled all the varieties of duck on offer, choosing a side of green beans lavished in garlic butter. Our preferences being the duck magret breast, which was crispy and rich; and the hard-to-resist confit duck leg traditionally pan fried.
A meal is not complete without dessert (all £6), again where the menu is intentionally simple: crème brûlée, tastes aux pommes, or fromage. We tried a crème brûlée and apple tart, the former smooth, rich and creamy though the depth could have taken a slightly thicker brûlée crust. The latter, whilst homemade had a rather soggy bottom.
Carafes of local wine, including Armagnac are available to drink.
Owner Richard Humphreys has definitely honed in on a different concept: traditional cooking from South-West France with minimal menu clutter or fuss, just turn up and eat. This focus on a single product and making it as authentic as possible is a welcome change to venues trying to target multiple markets at once.
The venue is less French in style, but in part that is due to marketing to London diners. The price point (£29 + service + drinks) for a filling three courses, makes it accessible to most. Duck lovers, should definitely try Monsieur Le Duck either after work, or as a date night. Our last though is can you ever have enough duck?
Monsieur Le Duck is located at 4 Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AN