If roasted duck is your thing, Soi 6 Pochana is the place to go. This tiny hole-in-the-wall shophouse a stone's throw from Chulalongkorn University uses a secret family recipe passed down the generations to produce succulent roasted birds served over steamed jasmine rice and cooked into myriad stir fries.
There's roasted pork at Soi 6 Pochana too - both crispy pork belly which a deliciously crunchy skin and moo daeng, a type of red barbecue pork - but it's the duck that is the star of the show. It's a carnivorous playground where meats are cooked in almost any way you like.
The shophouse itself is nothing to write home about. It occupies a wraparound corner position along a small street just off Rama IV Road. Much of the cooking and serving is done street side where the roasted ducks hang in glass display boxes tempting passersby in. Through the glass doors, the interior is about as typical as they come, a cluttered space cheered up with brightly coloured walls, photos of the food and a small shrine above the TV. It's not a place to come for the atmosphere, but it's comfortable enough.
Food at Soi 6 Pochana is surprisingly good value. Dishes hover between 50-150 THB (around US $1.55-4.60) depending on the order. Expect to pay the lower end for simple stir fries over rice and the latter for bigger plates of duck and gravy. There's no translation on the menu, but if all else fails just point to one of the food photos along the wall.