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East Meets West: How Duck & Rice Embraced an Era from the 1920’s.

It is believed that the Okura Garden Hotel in the former French Concession is where art deco arrived in China. The hotel, crafted on a lavish scale as the French Club in 1926, features a ballroom with a magnificent stained-glass ceiling. The ceiling was made in Paris and shipped to China, shows how the cosmopolitan citizens of Shanghai grasped a new western style and made it their own.

Enter, the art deco era of the 1920’s. It embraced modernity with bold outlines and geometric shapes and came to symbolise glamour and luxury. It was a time to celebrate modernity; a new and exciting era with airplanes, cruise ships and cars.

While Shanghai was experiencing revolutionary new ideas, the sixth biggest city in the world (at the time) also faced extreme juxta positioning. Foreign businessmen shared the streets with locals and the imposing European buildings of the luxurious Bund overlooked Chinese fisherman in the Huangpu River.

Duck & Rice located on Westfield Sydney’s level 7 rooftop has been designed to celebrate the ‘East Meets West’ ideology. Over 300 handmade Chinese lanterns will adorn the Lantern Room while black and white Parisian bar stools will be dotted around the venue. Italian Calcutta Oro is splashed across tables and there’s been no holding back with brass.

Duck & Rice is a tribute to the art-deco era and our menu has been designed to match. Modern Cantonese cuisine carries the weight of the menu, supported by provincial Chinese culinary influences. Our dedicated Dim Sum Chef has over 15 years’ experience and our Head Chef is bringing tradition and heirloom recipes to the kitchen table. What we’re trying to put simply is, don’t get caught up in the art deco sensation that is Duck & Rice because the menu deserves your attention.