If you haven't dined in a restaurant that boasts spectacular views of a city skyline, then add it to your bucket list. Duck & Waffle, situated on the 40th floor in Heron Tower (Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street), offers magnificent views of London, exquisite food and calm vibes.
As the glass lift whisks you up to the restaurant in less than six seconds, one can only admire the perspective (one of many) of London before you. I wanted to stay in there a little longer, but my grumbling stomach promptly reminded me that I came to get my grub on.
The dominant colour scheme of yellow and brown mirror the restaurant's signature duck and waffle dish (which, by the way, is served all day!)
Duck & Waffle serves British and European-influenced cuisine, designed for sampling and sharing. Offering "playful takes on traditional cuisine", the food will surely not disappoint. I can certainly vouch for that.
|House bread, hand-churned butter , Puglian olive oil|
Freshly baked bread is always wonderful. Am I right, or am I right?
|BBQ-spiced crispy pig ears|
I was hesitant to try the pig ears in fear they would actually bring a whole pig's ear to the table (that would have freaked me out a little - does that sound silly?), but it looked quite appetising, and was rather moreish.
|Left: Puglian olives | Right: Champagne Negroni|
Definitely the best olives I've tasted. Being so used to popping them in my mouth using a cocktail stick, the large seeds made them interesting to eat, as I had to nibble the sides (almost like how you eat an apple).
The Champagne Negroni was a charged mix of Bombay sapphire gin, Antica Formula, Aperol, strawberry and lemon balm. Mmmm.
What can I say about the Vodka Martini? This stuff was strong but amaze!
|Devilled duck egg, Korean pig's head, sriracha|
The duck egg and pig's head was probably my favourite dish in regards to flavours. It was a tangy, salty, hot mix but wonderful. Beautifully presented, too. I wiped the plate clean with the bread.
|Roasted octopus, chorizo, potato, lemon, caper|
Again, the combination worked so ridiculously well. Seafood lovers will adore this small plate.
|Whole baked seabass, salsify, Jerusalem artichoke & trompette ragout, smoked butter|
The seabass was very fishy in smell and taste, which put me off initially, but the more I ate, the more my taste buds couldn't resist. I loved the combination of textures
|Duck & Waffle: crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup|
It would have been silly not to have the duck and waffle - had to be done, folks. On first thought, duck, waffle, and egg may seem like an unusual combination, but married together, it makes for an amazing party in your mouth. The savoury and sweet mix is wonderful.
To finish off the meal with added indulgence, I went for the tiramisu (almond and cocoa crunch). Not much to report here, apart from 'wow'.
Staff were polite, and attentive; and the service was quick and efficient. I can't fault it.
Oh, and I loved the wax stamp detail on the doggy bag!
Duck & Waffle is a perfect date restaurant (very romantic indeed) and although not an every day spot to eat, compared to other high rise restaurants, it's reasonably priced, and portions are great.
Next time, I'll be sure to make a night time reservation, because I can only image how even more beautiful the view will be when London is lit up.
Loved how I got a tweet and Instagram like from both the Executive Chef, Daniel Doherty, and Head Chef, Tom Cenci. Chin chin!
Have you been to Duck & Waffle before, or eaten at a high rise restaurant? Please share your experiences, and recommendations.