22 May 2013

Duck & Waffle

At the very top of the Heron Tower in the City of London is a restaurant called Duck & Waffle. It opened in the summer of last year but for some strange reason it's taken me this long to visit! It was time...

It's open 24/7 too so if you fancy ox cheek at 3am, this could be the place for you!

I recycled the blue River Island slingbacks from my Eurovision outfit and teamed it with my Asos blazer and the beloved Mulberry. The city and my friend Paul awaited.

Pose!

The ride up in the lift at Duck & Waffle probably isn't for the acrophobic! Keep your back turned on outside if you tend to get giddy with heights!

Once you're up, you find yourself in a bright and stylish bar area with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, graffiti adorning the walls and an open bar. With that incredible bejeweled view, it's the perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail.


In the restaurant, we were given a seat next to the window right next to the Gherkin.

Here is that view


The menu is rather intriguing.


Our waitress recommended we order two or three small dishes each or two of the larger main courses.

Naturally, we ignored this suggestion and ordered bread, bbq crispy pigs ears (we had to try them), four small dishes and one main! All to share. And a nice bottle of red too.

The tomato and goats cheese bread was gorgeous; a little cake-like in texture but in a good, yummy way. I ate three quarters of it myself...I decided I may as well start the carb-heavy meal off properly!


These are the pigs ears which arrived at the table in a brown paper bag


I thought they were okay but Paul - a self-confessed lover of the pork scratching - was much more keen than I.

Here he is!


Something else Paul is more of a fan of than me is raw tuna. 

Sushi in any form doesn't really do much for me. But it did look pretty!


One thing I absolutely love that always gives me pangs of guilt is foie gras. I don't order it very often but when it's on the menu it's just such a temptation! And one that I didn't resist this time. This dish is called the Foie Gras 'All Day Breakfast' with Nutella.

Nutella and foie gras? Hmmm.


IT WAS AMAZING.

It came on a slice of toast with bacon, egg and little black pudding balls. The foie gras itself was outstanding - sweet and melt in the mouth. Ingenious in design and a wonderful dish.

Next to arrive was the Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut with apricot jam along with the Harissa Spiced Mutton Sliders


It was really quite exciting as these dishes arrived at the table, one by one. Not only did they look fabulous but they tasted so aswell. The mutton burgers were as juicy and tasty as they look in the pictures and look at that doughnut! It's not savory either, oh no....covered in sugar. Who'd have thought that would go so well with ox cheek? Not I!

As you're probably not surprised to hear, I was pretty full up by this stage. But we still had the duck and waffle main course to come - crispy duck leg with a fried duck egg and lashings of mustard maple syrup.


Of course I had to try it but I only had a little bit - I needed to keep room for dessert.

It was quite a combination! The duck was tender, the big egg was deliciously runny (I'm very fussy about my runny yolks) and the maple syrup worked so well bringing the whole dish together. 


By this time, the sun was setting over London.


For dessert, I ordered the Chilled Rice Pudding with poached apricots, gingerbread and amaretto ice cream.

We also ordered a fresh peppermint tea which came in such cute glass teapots.


A lovely and refreshing end to a fascinating and delicious meal. This kind of cuisine may not be for everyone - sweet and savory doesn't please every palate - but it definitely ticked our boxes. And in such a wonderful setting with friendly and attentive service. I was very impressed.

Also, for the amount of food and drink we had we were chuffed with the value!

The only negative was how slow the service was in the bar when we had an after-dinner drink. I was waiting a good 20 minutes for a margarita and this was on a Tuesday...the bar wasn't exactly packed out.

But at least they were generous with the salt!!


I think the view over London is even more impressive at night. Here it is from the lift journey down.

Not bad, eh?


Duck & Waffle
Food
★★★★★
Cocktails
★★★
Atmosphere
★★★★
Bar Service
★★
Waiter Service
★★★★
Value
★★★★
Toilets
★★★
Bouncers
N/A


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20 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I really want to go here, if not just for the view. The foods looks yummy! Great photos as usual!

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    1. Make your reservation! It's amazing!
      Cx

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  2. Great review and fantastic photos!!

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  3. This is one of my favourite restaurants I love it here, greats photos too!

    Rebecca x

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    1. Have you done a blog post on it? I'll have to check it out
      Cx

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  4. WOW oh WOW
    Such incredible food, I'm so glad to see you chose the infamous 'Duck & Waffle', all the other things look soooo good too!
    The donuts with the meat inside? Pure genius!
    And I have to add how mighty fine you are looking too, pure radiant!
    x x x

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    1. Oh yeah, we had to have the signature dish! Would have been very rude not to.

      Aw shucks, thanks :)

      Cx

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  5. I think this is my favourite post of yours so far!
    This place looks incredible, and the food... well, WOW!
    Lovely, lovely post!
    Emily xx
    http://gingerbreadjourney.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Nuts, I want to visit this place now. I'm a bit gutted that I live too far away! Damn it. I shall have to suggest it to my London-based brother next time I go to visit him!

    Lucy x The New Northerner

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    1. Definitely worth a visit next time you're down! With that view it's the perfect place for a bit of sightseeing whilst eating yummy food
      Cx

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  7. this looks amazing!! especially the nutella and foie gras!- such an interesting combination! and the view-stunning! xx

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    1. The nutella and foie gras was my favourite!
      Cx

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  8. Haha just went there this week! Isn't it amazing?! Also got the duck & waffle and I absolutely loved it. I decided I need to re-create it but we'll see how that goes!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog

    Xx

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    1. Did you now! :) Yes I loved it, glad you did too. Would love to see how your version of the Duck and Waffle dish goes!
      Cx

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  9. I've been meaning to check this place out for ages! Your amazing pics just convinced me :)

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  10. It is on my wish list! thanks for the height tip, my husband will not like it!.
    Marisa.xx
    www.cremaluisa.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Looks amazing. Good review! Have you tried Sushi Samba below? Can't wait for the shard to properly open! Www.the-London-blog.co.uk

    Hannah xxxx

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    1. Thanks! Yes I have been to Sushi Samba when it just opened - I really liked it there too although it was a lot more expensive than D&W. x

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