26 February 2015

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Duck and waffle has to be the second worst-kept, best secret in London. (The first is obviously MI6 - even I knew the game was up as soon as the head office of British intelligence was announced over automated bus tannoys...). Glorious views, never ending flat whites and oozy brunch eggs whilst hanging out in the clouds.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review
Just that view - and it's not even the really pretty side...

With a weekend waiting list as long as your arm despite being open 24 hours a day (though there is scientific proof that 7am on a Sunday morning in the capital doesn't actually exist, usually due to excesses the evening before) when offered a table at fairly short notice it's impossible to say no, so say yes Kara, Kelly, Sam and Mina and I did indeed.

 Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

With a tummy-lurchingly fast glass lift (perfect for interrogating height-phobic bloggers) 40 floors of glass sheathed floors fall away to reveal a unique combination of ancient church belfries and gleaming office buildings.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

We were greeted, divested of our coats and seated with military precision by the smile wearing, earpiece fitted staff within minutes of arrival at our table, a cozy round booth in the centre of the restaurant floor. A little sad that that they couldn't fit another of our crew in at short notice (despite a coded attempt at my Kiwi accent phoned in the night before) for their sake we trucked on, coffees at our elbows. With a couple of recommendations off the menu - bacon wrapped dates and the lobster brulee, it was still a hard decision for any of us to come to.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

With gluten-free waffles perfected by the head chef, it felt churlish not to try the signature dish Duck & Waffle. It was an unusual mixture of perfectly cooked textures (and a slightly guilty moment of working out which came first the duck or the egg boom tich!) drizzled with the mustard maple syrup. Whilst it was nice, something in the dish just didn't rock my world. Perhaps a little dry, perhaps missing a little acidity to balance the perfectly cooked unctious egg and confit duck, I'm not sure. I've never been a fan of pancakes & maple syrup without another crunch or flavour so it might be that prejudice rearing up - perhaps I was just too taken with the view or my astrological planets weren't quite aligning at that moment, we'll never know.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

I have to admit to a little bit of food envy when the girls' 'Full Elvis' waffles of peanut butter, bananas brulee, chantilly cream and a sprinkle of berries, hit the table. I did however pinch a forkful of Mina's ox cheek ragout doughnut - wow. Rich, beautifully flavoured and quite fascinating it made for quite some dish.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Our tummies full, memory cards bursting with photos and chatter all spent, it was sadly time to depart for weekend chores, blog drafting and hanging out on the sofa with the cat - all essential chores to begin the week...

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

...but not before we espied the rather fabulous staircase down to SushiSamba. Bejewelled and vibrantly hued, the waiting area is a fascinating placed all of it's own - perfect for a sunset (or sunrise - I need to get this in the diary, how beautiful would that be!) celebration drink.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review
Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Full of quirky character, the design is a funky combination of a little bit of everything; splashes of colour and beautifully ornate floor tiles to put Lisbon to shame - but really, it's the view that captures the eye. We were surprised at how good the acoustics were for the size of the main restaurant room, because let's be frank bloggers like to talk, oh bloggers do like to talk!

With the gorgeous sunset we were treated to at the Gherkin, I think the Gherkin still retains my favourite, delicious view of the city - we'll just have to return for sunset to really compare like for like.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Tip: due to the layout of the room when we went, if you're hoping for an uninterrupted view it may be best to pop along in pairs - the majority of bigger group tables were central to the room.

Duck and Waffle - restaurant review

Mission: Duck & Waffle complete.
For now.

19 comments :

  1. Great review! I'd love to come along to one of your blog meetups hint hint hehe :P Was it super expensive at Duck and Waffle? x

    hausofsarahrachel.com

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  2. One of my favorite spots in London! I loved your photos, Emma. Gorgeous. I had the toasted PB&J (so American) when I was there (as well as the duck & waffle and an ox cheek cinnamon donut ... oops) and loved it.

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  3. The Elvis inspired waffles look incredible! x

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  4. I love it there! Last time I went was pre-blog, I'm going again at the end of April, it says on their website no big camera equipment, did anyone bring a DSLR? No quite such what's defined as big camera equipment.

    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  5. Fredrik loves all this waffles with this and that thing but it does not do it for me I am more of a bagel lady.

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  6. I think two of the girls had DSLRs and the rest of us had compacts, with no word from the staff so I think you should be fine?

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  7. Oooh these photos have made me even more keen to go! Always need an excuse to visit London!


    thelifeofastudenttraveller.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. They were rather sinful & managed to beat two of us :)

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  9. They're very organically organised - we'd love to have you - where do you fancy going? :)
    It was surprisingly reasonable, I think we each ended up spending around £20 or so each for a main + coffee? We did stay away from the fascinating cocktail list though!

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  10. The light was absolutely perfect! Isn't it fab??

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  11. What a gorgeous place! And the food looks amazing!

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  12. Yum! I still haven't been to duck and waffle but have been to sushi samba which was delicious. I'm not the biggest fan of heights though which is the annoying thing! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  13. Apparently the it took the chef a week to perfect them - and what time well spent it was!!

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  14. That does make it rather tough - and that lift really doesn't help!

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  15. Pshaw, you don't need an excuse (and I always have about a hundred if you ever run out :D)

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  16. We were so, so very lucky with the weather!

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  17. I don't think I've ever tried specifically raw food!

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