Hong Kong Hotspot Arrives Here
‘Failed In London? Try Hong Kong…’ goes the old addage, explaining why the acronymn F.I.L.T.H. is so often applied to expat Brits working in the former colony. Well the restaurant Duddells is the exact opposite of FILTH, it’s been wildly successful in Hong Kong and now it’s arrived in London.
In Hong Kong Duddell’s was awarded its Michelin star within months of opening and in four years has cemented itself at the very pinnacle of the Hong Kong dining circuit. Having now taken over St Thomas Church at London Bridge, a team of designers from Michaelis Boyd (responsible for fantastic Groucho redesign as well as Soho Farmhouse) have decked out the Queen Anne period church for London’s hottest new opening.
But the key to Duddell’s is the food. The menu is a modern interpretation of iconic Cantonese dishes and in London, as in Hong Kong, Duddell’s will showcase authentic Cantonese dishes and hand-made dim sum. All this will be undertaken by Hakkasan’s former Executive Sous Chef, Daren Liew, who has over two decades experience when it comes to Cantonese cuisine and after spending a few months working at Duddell’s in Hong Kong he’s back in London with his first menu as Head Chef.
The food on offer includes small bites like the spicy almond soft shell crab, the X.O beef shin with sea vegetables or the smoked black Angus ribs with red wine soy and baby peach and are the perfect accompaniment to Duddell’s supreme lobster noodle, truffle-roasted black cod or one of their signature Peking duck feasts.
The bar is worth a look, too, an impressive structure it’ll serve a long list of new and old world wines as well as a number of Asian-inspired cocktails like the Screwpine Negroni (pandan-infused gin and suze-washed coconut oil) or a Hybrid JIA Tea (gin, jasmine tea cordial, apricot and hibiscus soda).
Hong Kong is a 12 hour non-stop fight from London and, believe us, it would be worth it for a dinner at Duddell’s. To have it on the doorstep like this, here in London Bridge, it would be a travesty to NOT eat there.
Duddells opens today, Tuesday 28th November