Having previously lived for a year in Singapore, a food lovers paradise, I am a big fan of the hanging meat style of Chinese cuisine and have my standard favourite dish; crispy pork and soya chicken on rice with ginger sauce. I have ordered this dish with glee in every single one of the Soho Chinatown restaurants since moving to London 4 years ago.
Crispy Duck on Gerrard st was by far the worst. Arriving alone around 2pm to a half full restaurant I was shunted upstairs to a two seater table about a meter from the bustling of the door. My standard dish arrived in the usual prompt 5 minutes you would expect, but the portion size of both the meats and rice was just above meagre. The pork was satisfactory in taste but my problems really began with the chicken, which was so overdone as to turn the thick brown coating into pure salt. The worst however was that my already substandard portion consisted of both the bony hip joint and a bone dry wing cut into three segments, two of which were inedible. In all of the hundred or so times I have ordered this dish I have never been served wing before, let alone the dried out tip, such absolute miserliness is clearly not warranted, with over a dozen whole birds hanging in the window. After this detriment of meat became apparent I politely complained to a sour looking waitress who then preceded to berate me despite the overwhelming evidence of a small mountain of bones. Eventually, after creating an uncomfortable scene, she relented and in short order the rest of a normal portion of far too salty chicken with a generous dollop of sour looks was forthcoming. The eventual bill of £7.30 for such a meagre substandard portion (w coke) was the final insult.
I recommend you bypass these shysters and instead try Young Cheng on Lisle St, just across from the Prince Charles Cinema. In the dozen or so times I have dined there the food has always been tasty, plentiful and inexpensive. Perhaps without the Gerard street fool tax added on