Duck & Waffle, located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower near Liverpool Street Station, is by far, one of my favourite restaurants in London. It is one of the highest restaurants in London with sweeping views of the city – it never ceases to put a smile on my face the entire time we’re there. I couldn’t think of a better place to have dinner on my 25th birthday. It was a typical foggy day in London with lots of rain, but London still looked striking from up top despite the downpour. I loved it.
We hopped into the Heron Tower out of the rain and on to the elevator. It whizzes up to the 40th floor and our ears pop as we look out and see all of the London landmarks. I was smiling like a kid on Christmas – super excited for what was to come.
We took our seats by the window and stared out at the gorgeous 360° views. The Gherkin was right next to us and we could see Tower Bridge and the Tower of London looming in the distance.
After taking it all in, our stomachs were grumbling and we ordered up a bunch of D&W delicacies to share…
The Duck & Waffle menu is inspired by British & European influences. It features an array of sharing plates and uses fresh seasonal and sustainable ingredients. We ordered a few old favourites and tried some new dishes too.
Spicy BBQ Pig’s Ears (don’t ask, just do). Served in a little brown bag, these crispy fried ears were delicious. Pig Ears are super cheap to buy, but difficult to master. When done right, they make for a great bar snack.
Fresh bread straight out of the oven with olive oil and butter…
The Yellowfin Tuna with watermelon, black olive and English mustard. It had a spicy sweet kick from the chilis and watermelon.
The Foie Gras Creme Brulee with Pork Crackling Bricohe, as always, was a highlight. A rich bowl of creamy and delicious foie gras under a sugary, caramelised shell. It normally comes with a piece of lobster on top, which makes it even better. Nonetheless, it was delicious spread on the soft buttery brioche. It’s one of those dishes you’ll order each time you visit D&W.
The Roasted Octopus with crispy chorizo, potato, capers, and lemon. I really enjoyed the roasted octopus. The saltiness from the chorizo along with the zest from the lemon really brought the whole dish together. The potatoes made it hearty and filling. The portion was perfect for 2 people to share.
And finally, the star of the show, the signature Duck & Waffle with a fried egg and mustard maple syrup…
We drizzled the grainy mustard maple syrup over the duck and waffle, and slowly cut into the fried egg on top as the yolk perfectly oozed out. We quickly tucked in and demolished the dish in about 10 seconds. The simplicity of the dish is what I love most about it. It’s the right balance of sweet and savoury – ideal for both breakfast, brunch and dinner. We finished our wine (highly recommend the Delicato First Press Chardonnay 2011) and headed off to see Bend it Like Beckham the musical…
If you are visiting London, or have never been to D&W before, definitely make a booking to go. They take reservations up to 2 months in advance. Thank you Duck & Waffle for a fantastic birthday dinner!
The Heron Tower
110 Bishopsgate, London