The Place The roast duck scene in Singapore is certainly sizzling up, with the recent Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant at Capitol Plazza, and the latest to join the meaty scene is London Fat Duck. Located at the basement of Scotts Square in Orchard, the five days old restaurant is a collaboration between Akashi Group and Fei Siong Group, both of which are relatively established F&B players in Singapore. The roast duck here adopts the Hong Kong style, modelling after the famous roast duck in London from Four Seasons and Gold Mine at Bayswater.
The space at Scotts Square is an open concept dining, so be prepared to be watched by the waiting crowd as you dine.
The Food Of course, the roast duck is a must try here, where London Fat Duck proclaims to use the best Irish duck, from a breed called the “Wagyu of Ducks“. At this point, it all sounds quite exaggerating for me as I have only heard of Wagyu Beef before. Other than roast duck, there is also a selection of Dim Sum, Hong Kong style Wanton Noodles and Dumpling Soup.
For three of us, we ordered the Signature London Roast Duck (Half Duck/$26), which is quite sufficient. There is also a Regular Portion ($12.80) for a couple of solo diners, and a Whole Duck ($48.80) portion for bigger groups.
It is difficult not to draw some parallel comparisons with the roast duck I had at Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant some time back, but it only took me seconds after my first bite to conclude which is the better of the ducks. The skin is really crispy, while I can see why the restaurant states that it uses its Hong Kong chef’s secret duck roasting technique and heritage recipe, as the duck meat is fairly succulent. My only rant is that it is too stingy on the sauce ($1 extra charge for additional sauce).
Roast duck aside, we spotted something on the Dim Sum menu which screamed at us – the Signature Black Pepper Duck Bun ($4.80 for 3 pieces). The bun reminds me of the version from Tim Ho Wan, except that it has chosen to play on the Black Pepper element. The taste of the black pepper crust resembles that of black pepper crab, with the exception that it is stuffed with duck meat. I thought this is quite a good play of black pepper on Dim Sum, which I believe will be trending in the food scene next.
After so much meat, the Hong Kong Wanton Soup ($8) can’t be more timely.
Rants The space at Scotts Square is quite small, so be prepared to wait for some time during peak hours, especially so for bigger groups. There is also a no reservation policy at the moment.
Will I Return Again? Of course, the price at London Fat Duck is still higher than the average roast duck we can get to eat in Singapore. As our food scene becomes more sophisticated, it is always welcoming to see new renditions of a dish so familiar to Singaporeans. The roast duck here did not disappoint me at least, and I will definitely recommend it to everyone to try at least once. And the best part is, I do not have to travel to London anymore to satisfy that duck craving!
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
London Fat Duck
6 Scott Road, #B1-16/17
Tel: +65 6443 7866
Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm
Weekend & PH: 10am – 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter