After visiting Hong Kong, where I had been spoilt for choice with amazing Dim Sum, I was pleased to find that one of Hong Kong’s Michelin Starred restaurants, Duddells, had opened in London, under the same name, and under the helm of Chef Daren Liew, who was previously with the Hakkasan group, which I also love. High end Cantonese cuisine, if done right, can be a real treat and so my friend Priyam and I checked it out on a whim.
The venue – a gorgeous historic St. Thomas Church, with stunning high ceilings and the convenience of being a few steps away from London Bridge station, won our hearts, with the elegant dark interiors, spacious feel and mesmerising architecture inherited from the building’s previous life.
We were seated upstairs, and had a lovely view of the bottom half of the restaurant. For a new opening it was packed full of happy diners, and a testament to the name, as Duddells has made quite an impact on the gastronomical scene in Hong Kong.
We opted for cocktails, and I went for “Jealousy is not for me,” which was a blend of Chairman’s Reserve Rum, lychee liqueur and banana liqueur. It was delicious and presented beautifully.
The show-stopping cocktail, however, was Priyam’s choice of Butterfly Lover, which was Absolut, homemade chai tea cordial, Aphrodite bitters and Perrier-Jouët. It came with red roses making it look stunning.
According to the cocktail menu:
The Emperor only had one daughter for whom he wanted the best. He proclaimed that he would pass on his empire to the man who makes his daughter happy. Knowing that the princess loved roses, potential suitors would propose to her with roses of all kinds. ough many tried, only one came out triumphant.
I do love a good story in a cocktail menu!
We decided to share a few dishes, and first to arrive was the Cantonese dim sum symphony, one of the chef’s signature dishes. Made to look like fish, we enjoyed a selection of goldfish shaped prawn dumpling, jade-leaf king crab dumplings and scallop and prawn dumplings. The presentation was beautiful but not as perfect as depicted in the press photos. They tasted amazing too, parcels of deliciousness, so it was nice that they weren’t just novelty dim sum for the gram factor.
we had Crispy salted chicken and Sweet and sour Cointreau Berkshire pork with a generous side of Truffle and scallop egg white fried rice, which by the end of, we were in a semi food coma so couldn’t handle dessert. An excuse to come back!
vourite was the pork dish although the chicken was really flavoursome too, and I loved the texture and it was cooked to perfection.
ld love to come back and try the Duddell’s Peking Duck as well as more of the Dim Sum dishes, but on my first experience I was very pleased with my meal and loved the venue. I recommend it to anyone wanting authentic Cantonese food at a more haute cuisine level and in a gorgeous dining room.
I loved the setting – upstairs were smaller tables and quieter, ideal for a date, whereas downstairs had larger tables and booths, making it ideal for client lunches or dinners, or as a restaurant for catch ups with family or friends. The cuisine is perfect for sharing and so this would be perfect if you wanted to try a selection of dishes.
If they maintain their quality, and finesse the presentation slightly, I have no doubt that the London outpost will gain a michelin star just like its Hong Kong namesake.