A casual French revelation, just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street, Monsieur Le Duck can’t offer the sunshine of South West France, but it can transport your tastebuds to the unspoilt countryside of Gascony to experience some of that unique sense of ‘bien-etre’ (wellbeing) that affects everyone who lives or visits the region.
This is a genuine neighbourhood bistro that welcomes repeat diners with an effortless kind of warmth. Filled with everyone from tattooed hipsters to your parents’ cool friends who really know their wine. You’ll find simple and unfussy, un-fatty, delicious duck cooked three ways; Confit de Canard, finished with garlic and thyme, Magret de Canard, pan roasted or chargrilled and the Duck Burger served with prune d’agin mayo, cornichons and baby gem in a light brioche bun.
Any meal here has to start with the house aperitif, the Pousse Rapière, a cocktail mixed with Monluc brut sparkling wine from the region of Côtes de Gascogne – a concoction you’ll be sure to want to make at home. A variety of wines from south-west France are on offer, served by the glass, carafe or bottle.
While all meat-eating fans will flock for this beautifully cooked bird, you will also find the option of a delicious vegan grilled winter vegetable tarte. Accompany your duck (or tarte) with the frites, perfectly cooked with a thin, delicate crust on the outside and pure light and fluffy on the inside. For sides there are seasonal greens with lardons, green beans fried in garlic butter or a simple mixed leaf salad, although our pièce de résistance was the Puy lentils with shallots and carrots, cooked with duck fat – pure heaven. Round off your meal with Monsieur Le Duck’s flawless creme brulee, tarte aux pommes, or fromage a trois. The only thing missing was the jazz, which I’m told may be on the cards very soon.
Open 7 days a week, from 12pm to 11pm.
Monsieur le Duck is open from 27th December, between Christmas and new year.
Monsieur Le Duck
4 Brushfield Street London