Looking for quality roasted duck in Singapore? London Fat Duck is definitely one must-visit restaurant | Food Review

With the new opening of Waterway Point at Punggol, Singapore, I finally have the chance to visit the much touted the Wagyu of Ducks – London Fat Duck restaurant. It is one Hong Kong-style restaurant serving roast duck like the ones made famous by restaurants such as Four Seasons and Gold Mine in Bayswater, London.

London Fat Duck - Main Logo Image

London Duck - on serving tray - main image

Using the best Irish Duck and further enhanced with their Hong Kong chef’s secret duck roasting technique and heritage recipe, London Fat Duck has captured the hearts of many meat eaters, both within and out of Singapore alike. Not only roasting of ducks, London Fat Duck also features Dim Sum, Hong Kong style Wanton Noodles, Lobster Noodles and many other Hong Kong comfort food.

London Fat Duck SG - Signboard

As expected, one need to queue for the well regarded HK food but for us – 1.5 hours waiting during a weekend evening was a little too long for our liking. We took it to some comfort that the outlet is still very new and such crowd should taper down after a few months of operation.

London Fat Duck SG - Long Queue at store

The configuration of the restaurant takes great similarity to those HK style restaurants but the number of seats are limited at the branch located at Punggol Waterway Point. I would prefer some enclosure or function rooms to accommodate event or family gathering, but apparently there is none there.

London Fat Duck SG - Inside Waterway Point outlet

Walking into the store, those greasy shined ducks stood in great glamour, hanging behind the glass display alongside with the other roasted meats – char siew and crispy roasted pork.

London Fat Duck SG - ducks on display

Looking at the food menu, although the main highlights are the roasted meats, there are also a good variety of common HK dishes. We decided to order some of their specialities and we must say, the experience was pretty surprising.

London Fat Duck SG - full food menu in color

London Fat Duck SG - full food menu and price list (page1)

London Fat Duck SG - full food menu and price list (page 2)

Home-made Barley drink (S$2.80) – Although the taste is very normal, I do like the moderate level of sugar.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - home made barley

Their specially made chilli is a must try and the spiciness greatly enhances the flavours of the HK dim sums and roasted meats.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - chilli

Sliced Fish Congee (S$7.80) – Smooth and lightly flavour to enjoy the freshness of the cooked fish slices, though we would prefer the quantity to be more. Portion is definitely just nice for 1 pax.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - sliced fish congee

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - sliced fish congee 2

BBQ 3 Combinations (S$23.80) – One must not miss any of these roasted meats i.e. Duck, Pork and Honey Sauced Char Siew. As anticipated, the duck is superb – crispy skin and juicy meat. The BBQ pork (Char Siew) is also splendid – tender with nice hint of charcoal burnt.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - BBQ 3 combination

The Hong Kong styled crackling Pork Belly lived up to its name too – has a crispy skin and tender not-so-fatty meat.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - closer look at Duck Meat

Xiao Long Bao (S$5.20) – The soup based used in the meat is sweet although I would prefer the skin to be sightly thinner and the dish will be perfect.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Xiao Long Bao

Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean Paste (S$5.20) – Steamed to the right level with flavours locked in but still able to savour the chicken feet as a whole. Taste is pretty normal.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Steamed Chicken Feet

Shrimp in Beancurd Skin Fritters ($5.20) – Freshly prepared with the oil well drained before serving. This dish goes better with the chilli than the sweet sauce given.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Shrimp in Beancurd Skin Fritters

Steamed pork dumpling (Siew Mai) S$5.80 – Must try for the siew mai lovers, crunchy prawns & tender meat all freshly prepared and steamed to the right level.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Steamed Pork Dumplings (Siew Mai)

Seasonal Vegetables (S$7.80) – The vegetables faired palely. I would prefer they will use the sweeter version of the China Bai Chye than the local version. The oyster sauce used was also too mild.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Seasonal Vegetables

Shrimp Wanton Soup (S$8.80) – These large thin-skinned wantons were filled with a delicious blend of crunchy shrimps and minced pork. Portion is good for 2 pax.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Wanton Soup

Signature Black Pepper London Duck Bun (S$5.20) – This is the famed buns akin to the Dim Sum favourite Bo Luo Buns and is also a reminiscent of Tim Ho Wan’s baked char siew buns. This fragrant buttery bun is also topped with a crisp peppery crust with black peppered flavoured duck filling. Quite an interesting yet flavourful dish to try.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Black Pepper London Duck Bun

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Black Pepper London Duck Bun (within)

Steamed Cheong Fun with BBQ meat (S$5.50) – The skin is well prepared with appropriate softness and tanginess. Although the stronger flavour BBQ meat is overpowering to allow the diner to better savour the Cheong Fun skin with the in-house special sauce. Perhaps the shrimp version will be more appropriate.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Steamed Chee Chong Fan with BBQ meat

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Steamed Chee Chong Fan with BBQ meat (within)

Both the deserts (Mango Puree Sago and Pumpkin Soup) were also very good. They were refreshing and yet not too sweet – a definite good closure to this hearty meal.

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Mango Puree with Sago

London Fat Duck SG - food tasting - Pumpkin Soup with Dark Pearl

Overall Rating (1 – lowest/worst, 5 – highest/very good):

a. Location : 4 – Easily accessible via MRT (Punggol MRT for Waterway Point branch).
b. Food : 5 – Practically, no complains for most dishes and quality of the roasted meats are impressive.
c. Service : 3 – Generally good staff service, but long waiting times.
d. Ambience & Setup : 5 : Simple and open concept. Restaurant dining area a tad small.
e. Price : 2 – Pricey than other comparable brands but you pay for the good quality food.

Punggol Waterway Point is not the only branch in Singapore having London Roast Duck restaurant. There is also one opened at Scotts Square. Hopefully, there are many more to come in near future to serve the wider Singapore population. Drooling for a bird now?

Address
6 Scotts Road, #B1-16/17
Scotts Square
Singapore 228209

Tel: +(65) 6443 7866

83 Punggol Central #01-23
Waterway Point
Singapore 828761

Tel: +(65) 6385 9557

Operating Hours
Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm
Weekend & PH: 10am – 10pm

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