loti eats | little duck the picklery
Little Duck The Picklery opened on Dalston Lane towards the end of 2017 and is the latest from the team behind Ducksoup and Rawduck. Vibe-wise it’s somewhere between the tiny Ducksoup in Soho and the huge modern space of Rawduck, feeling homely and intimate but still with enough space and tables that it’s not too cramped and you can actually get in!
Just like with the other two restaurants, the menu is chalked up on the blackboard daily and follows a similar seasonal, pared-back approach. A small team of chefs operate in the centre of the kitchen, while the walls are packed full of delicious looking pickled things in jars – the huge range of pickles and ferments that are all made in-house are used in a few of the dishes but are also available to buy and take home.
Obviously the menus change quite a bit but we can defo recommend starting with a plate of those pickles and ferments and, if you see them, the sardines with wild onions. From there we moved on to purple sprouting broccoli with anchoïade drip and a soft egg, and an amazing plate of beef short rib ragu on fresh pasta. There’s a good list of approachable and affordable natural wines too.
All in all Little Duck is a great neighbourhood restaurant, probably not one you’d travel miles to get to, but if you’re looking for a relaxed meal out in Dalston this is a great option off the busy main strip.
68 Dalston Ln, London E8 3AH