Recently opened atop one of London’s newest skyscrapers, Duck & Waffle offers a rather grounded and down to earth menu for such a lofty setting.
Located at on the 40th floor, the Duck & Waffle is definitely worth a visit. The clean, contemporary feel, huge windows, and the stunning views of London, the Thames and the surrounding countryside provide an exquisite background for a memorable meal or cocktail. Even the brisk zip up to the restaurant in its own glass elevators offers an overwhelming wow of an experience (if the ride’s a bit too much of a wow, just turn to face the door for a less harrowing experience).
Experienced foodies may realize that eateries that have to rely on gimmicks or amazing views (being on the 40th floor of a building fits the bill for both gimmick and view in this case). However, despite the dramatic setting, the food’s still good at Duck & Waffle with prices in line with the ground floor competition.
When you go, consider trying the signature dish – crispy duck leg confit with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup … on a waffle. At £13 (about $20) it’s not super cheap, but it is delicious and such a substantial dish should keep any hunger pangs at bay for a long, long time. This namesake dish is available throughout the day but does seem best geared for breakfast or brunch. And if you just want the waffle sans duck, don’t worry. Belgian waffles feature on the brekkie menu along with delectable sounding items such as steak and eggs Benedict, a “foie gras” all day breakfast and, of course, the famous full English fry up.
Visiting in the evening? This is an excellent venue for taking in London’s twinkling skyline at night. The menu for the rest of day is just as enticing. Items from the kitchen’s brick oven sound especially tasty. Shetland mussels and clams with n’duja, fennel broth and house bread? Sure! A host of snacks and plenty of small plates as well as a raw bar and lengthy drinks and wine list ensure the Duck & Waffle is a great spot mingling and meeting up before more firmed up plans commence.
Making a reservation for this new hot spot is not a bad idea at all. Duck & Waffle is located at Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY. The nearest Tube station is at Liverpool Street. Visit duckandwaffle.com for more information.
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