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Ducksoup serves up an ever-changing menu of delicious, produce-driven share plates that are dependably inventive and unpretentious. The restaurant’s ethos of simple cooking and vibrant flavour pairings is inspired by the spirit of travel, drawing upon diverse cuisines including those of Italy, France, Scandinavia and the Middle East. The experimental ethos extends to a thoughtful list of small-run wines produced with minimal intervention.
A set menu of seasonal share plates will be paired with natural and biodynamic wines, and accompanied by an eclectic side of LP vinyl.
My friend and I really enjoyed dinner at Aesop in Richmond. The setting is beautiful, atmospherically lit and the food was good to very good. We started with a quince sour cocktail, which was ingenious and delicious, followed by an excellent pumpkin soup. In my opinion, the whole experience was somewhat let down by the main course. The beef pie was served in one big dish which was passed around and from which all 10 diners seated around the communal table helped themselves. Perhaps if you come as a group of friends, this is fun, but for the price we paid I thought the dish and the presentation were a bit too casual. Pudding picked up the tone again and was excellent. Overall, a lovely evening, but the bill was higher than I had expected and if I had known about the communal table experience, perhaps I wouldn't have booked this.