I didn’t have an Easter related blogpost ready this year - but I was looking through my folders and I came across the photos I took at Duck & Waffle in London. I thought… ok, this picture has eggs. Eggs… Easter… that might work? I know that is a bit lame link, since this meal had nothing to do with Easter at all. But let’s roll with it….
There aren’t that many skyscrapers and tall building in London - or in the UK, in fact. So there is that novelty/surreal factor to know the lift that you’re taking will go up high in the clouds. Well, not quite in the clouds... but it is pretty high! I can’t decide if I am scared of heights as being that high in a building excites and scares me at the same time!
The Duck & Waffle is on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower (nearest tube station is Liverpool St) which makes it the highest restaurant in the UK. That itself is an experience. I’ve been here three times, the first time being for Birchbox's Birthday event which I blogged about so if you want to see more photos of delicious food, pop over and have a snoop!
The restaurant is open 24/7 which I think is really cool. Imagine feeling peckish at 4am in the morning, Duck & Waffle is the one! If you are thinking of going at the weekend, you will need to book well in advance. However, on each of the time that I went, it was during the middle of the week and I booked 2 or 3 weeks in advance to secure a reservation.
So, what was the food like? Did it meet expectations? Yes - the food is delicious. I’m not a fussy eater, as you can tell, but I do sometimes feel a bit funny about things that I’m not used to which is perfectly normal. I wouldn’t dare touch the crispy pig ears at first but when I tried them, I couldn’t stop nibbling at them. They are delicious, like bbq cajun fries but obviously with a lot more crisp and crunch! They come in a brown bag and they don’t look like ears at all which helped!
Duck & Waffle is a great place to order several small plates to share with your friends. We ordered creme brûlée foie gras and the beef with chutney. The breads are really yummy too, highly recommend ordering some flavoured bread to share.
There aren’t that many main courses to choose from, but when you’re at the Duck & Waffle, you have to order the duck and waffle! It’s a weird combination but it works so well. It comes with a fried duck egg and a small pot of maple syrup.
The confit of duck is cooked very well, it’s perfectly crispy and crunchy on the outside while the inside is soft and shreds apart. Yummmmmyyyyy! The waffle looked like it’d be hard and difficult to eat, but it was so fluffy.
For dessert, we shared a Baked Alaska with figs. We were full but we couldn’t pass up on dessert. There’s always room for pudding! This was another first for me - I’ve had baked alaska before but never figs. And I realise that I’ve been missing out for all these years. Figs are DELISH!
The price of the food is not bad at all, but the same can't be said for the drinks. The cocktails are yummy but pricey (to be expected at a place like this) and if you order a mixer, it taste the same as any other and I'd rather spend that money on more food. I don't think they have non-alcoholic cocktails on the menu but if you ask the bartenders, they will recommend one and make an off-menu drink for you!
Have you ever been to Duck & Waffle before?
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