Duck & Waffle

After countless recommendations, I finally booked a table at Duck & Waffle.  I had heard Gallery-Food3nothing but good things from people about this restaurant, situated at the top of the Heron Tower in London, so just had to check it out.  So I took my husband along for a bit of a treat (he’s not usually one for a posh dinner…)

Thrilled we did too!

We booked a table for 7.30, thinking that this would mean the best of both worlds; beautiful bright views over the city I love so much, and a sunset view too.

We arrived bang on time, and were escorted to the lift which whizzed us up past Sushi Samba to the 40th floor.  Greeted by smiley staff, we were taken through the busy – yet not overcrowded – bar area.  Guided into the restaurant, we were taken to a lovely table for two by the window (yes!).

The view is stunning.  I’m a complete London-ite, so a city view is my favourite (not one for rolling countryside!)  Bubbly staff took our drinks orders (cocktails – the fella has a Dark & Stormy, and I had a Whiskey Sour).  It was recommended that we try several small plates – tapas style – to start with, and then go for a main to share too.  I love this way of eating; really relaxed and informal.

We ate bbq-spiced crispy pig ears (flavour-packed pork scratchings), raw fillet of beef (melt-in-the-mouth), foie gras ‘all day breakfast’ (with Nutella!!), spicy ox cheek doughnut (sweet and savoury in the best way), roasted octopus (complimented by chorizo)  and – of course – the signature duck & waffle (crispy leg confit, fried duck egg on a waffle with mustard maple syrup).  Various combinations that sound like they shouldn’t work, but just do.  Just go with an open mind!

Duck & Waffle

And if we weren’t stuffed by then, we thought that we couldn’t leave without trying out 2 puddings (baked alaska and a delicious dark chocolate brownie sundae).  A few cocktails later we were ready to head home.  The restaurant was still buzzing when we left at 11pm (it’s a 24 hour restaurant… I can imagine it’s lovely at sunrise!!) and the queue for Sushi Samba (the club/restaurant on the floor below the Duck and Waffle) was huge too.  A popular place indeed… maybe one for my next girls night!

This isn’t a cheap restaurant (bill was just shy of £200 with service charge), but i’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for (and this was a special occasion).  Here you are paying for innovative food, and the views.  The views!  A visit to the Duck & Waffle is certainly an experience.  One that i’m unlikely to repeat any time soon, granted – but still comes highly recommended by me.

www.duckandwaffle.com

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