All sorts of winning. Yes, it is expensive, but the ratio of price:winning is very good compared to lots of places in London. We showed up wanting dinner around 11pm on a Wednesday, with no reservation. Doorman said "Fully booked, but there's a pub down the street that I think is still serving burgers." I said, "Not interested in burgers. Interested in oysters. Anything we can do?" And things were done. We ended up with a fantastic table by the window looking out over Tower Bridge and the river.
Started out with mixed oysters and smoked eel. Oysters were delicious - properly shucked, lots of liquor. Paired brilliantly with the cocktail I had, the "Mind Your Ps and Qs," basically a G and T infused with sweet pea and hopped up on mint. Eels won on multiple fronts - packed with umami and elevated our bottle of Bordeaux.
For mains, we had duck and waffle and ribeye. Ribeye was cooked perfectly - we ordered "rare" and got what would be considered a perfect medium rare Stateside (British beef temperatures are a step hotter than those in the U.S., so a note to my fellow Americans - if you want your steak medium rare here in Londontown, order it RARE!). Marrow bone made it even more delicious. As for the duck and waffle, its virtues have already been covered very well here. Basically, delicious.
The wine list seems to focus on famous labels, which would make sense for a 24-hour place in the City, where bankers can take clients to impress them. Many of the wines at the "low" end are priced aggressively - a Prodductori Barbaresco for over £70 that would sell for around 30 Euros in a restaurant in Italy (I've had that wine in a restaurant in Alba for about that and have purchased retail for 15 Euros - it is a very good wine but NOT worth £70). They did have some high-end Sassicaia and first-growth Bordeauxes that were priced competitively - again, great for City people, but above my price range on this particular occasion. We had a nice Medoc for around £80 that sort of underdelivered but paired pleasantly with our dinner. Post-dinner, my husband had a glass of the Cotes du Rhone that was on the list for under £50 per bottle that actually over-delivered and probably next time, we'll go for a bottle of that.
Cocktails are fantastic. We had too many - for sure above our allotted number of "UK Units" of alcohol. I have no complaints about any of the myriad ones we tried, so I suggest trying whatever fits your personal taste.
In all, a winning restaurant.
I'd heard so many good things about Duck & Waffle, so naturally I was super excited to try out the food! Getting to the actual restaurant was pretty fun, the fastest elevator I've been on to get to the 40th floor, felt a bit like being in Willy Wonka's Glass Elevator! And the views of London were absolutely stunning!
We were seated pretty quickly and I went for dinner in quite a large group, about 10 of us. I was sat at the end of the table so it was easier for me to talk to the waiter on behalf of the group. I took a look at the menu and asked whether we ordered lots of plates to share like tapas or a dish each. This waiter was the rudest, snootiest man and literally sighed at me when I asked this question and just replied "If none of you have eaten here before it will just be best to tell you all when you're paying attention". Wow. Just wow. I didn't think that was much a difficult question. If I was rude myself I could understand his reaction, but I wasn't. The waiter had ruined the excitement for me completely, but hey, he was serving us so I was still going to be British about it and be polite.
We eventually ordered the food which took a fairly long time to come out. To be completely honest, I wasn't that impressed. The signature 'Duck and Waffle' was pretty darned good, but I found the rest of the food a bit meh.
This place definitely has it's attractions - quirky food, amazing views and a decent reputation. I wasn't overly impressed though, I personally felt everything was a bit overpriced. It was an experience to eat here but I don't think I'll be rushing back any time soon.
Everyone says this place is amazing. Hence the trying it out for brunch this afternoon. Sadly, my £14 mimosa was warm, as the the OH's beer (sent back).
Food - the spicy ox cheek doughnut was genius and gorgeous! ...But should have been hotter.
Then we ordered the namesake duck & waffle and I did a wrongun with the English Breakfast. Ok but nothing entirely special. The breakfast came with the toughest bread posing as toast I've ever encountered.
What was special was the super fast lift to the 40th floor that no one warned me about! (ears actually popped!).
Great experience buuuuut won't be back in a hurry
Overpriced, miniscule portions with food combinations that try too hard to be innovative and unique that they just end up confusing your palate and making you feel ill. The crispy duck had barely any meat on it and was fried to the likes of KFC, the mustard seeded maple syrup was sickening and the waffle was rock hard as if it had been reheated too long. Our wines arrived halfway through the meal despite multiple reminders so unfortunately couldn't even wash it down. The foie gras creme brulee with lobster on top was one to try but unfortunately another disappointment as it tasted too sweet and all wrong with the consistency of a melted parfait. The views are stunning but I won't be returning anytime soon.
I loved my time and food at D&A. First off - the location is AMAZING. The staff couldnt have been more helpful with the ordering and the fact you can see the kitchen is pretty cool. The chef's baseball caps are so desirable I nearly knocked one over the head and ran off with my cap booty. I loved the starters - I'd kill for another bacon and manchego fig - it was THAT good. I ordered more instead of a main as I didnt want pudding. Until my friend ordered pudding - then I wanted more brownie that I could have ever beleived.
My 4 star is down to the fact that despite our repeatedly asking for water refils (6 times - but who's counting?!!) they refilled me once. In a place like this I would expect an auto refil service - hence my knocking a star off. That said - this was an awesome lunch and I would return again and again and again..
I often stick a lot of background detail into my reviews just for fun, but in this case it might be more useful than usual. Because if you're thinking about this place on the spur of the moment, then I'll warn you to think again. Unless it's the wee small hours of the morning, then hallelujah it's the answer to your prayers for something in London to be open at this time! Otherwise you need to book in advance, and if it falls into 'normal mealtimes' then you needed to make a reservation a month ago.
I was planning a girly brunch before heading off to work in Edinburgh for a few weeks, and with 3 weeks' notice the only time left on a Saturday morning for 6 people was 8.30am. Not ideal, but we took it. The hype about this place was enough for my girls to gallantly get out of bed earlier than they would for work - I was definitely feeling the love :)
The other thing to mention is that a booking is not a booking unless you reconfirm with them or their answering machine at least a day before - they'll call you a couple of days in advance to check this. You've been warned.
The morning itself started grey and miserable, and we were grateful to get inside anywhere let alone the awesome lift ride to the 40th floor here. As with Sushisamba that whoosh of an entrance is guaranteed to impress (or at least leave you a bit wobbly at the top). A few twisting turning tiled corridors later, past the bar and views down onto the gherkin, and we were seated by the floor-to-ceiling windows on the north side.
Thankfully (and before the girls could complain) the clouds soon cleared up and we got some gorgeous views outside - I'm a sucker for being at height (not just my 6ft frame I mean). It's the views that really sell the place looks-wise as I wasn't sure what the décor was saying - the tiles in the corridor suggest something Mediterranean but the dining room itself is quite plain and unfussy, with wooden tables along the windows and booths in the centre.
My mate had made the mistake of looking at the brunch menu online, but at 8.30am that was a bit of a stretch and we were handed slightly more restricted breakfast menus instead. It was a bit disappointing for my 4 veggie mates to find they couldn't get a veg version of the full english on the menu - I hadn't checked veg choices in advance as I'd just assumed they'd be covered at brunch. A couple got the Colombian Eggs with me - avocado and organic eggs on sourdough toast. I got the eggs scrambled and added chorizo on top; it was yum but boy I could still taste that chorizo hours later!
Others resorted to building their own breakfast from the sides - toast, hash browns, mushrooms etc, which all came out beautifully presented. After round one I had a tasty latte and we got waffles to share - by then it was late enough to pick from the brunch menu. We had one with honey-glazed banana and nutella, and one with poached rhubarb and honeycomb (both with ice cream obv). I knew I'd like the first one, but unexpectedly think I preferred the second - not sure what they did to it but rhubarb didn't taste this good the last time I tried it!
The service is stressed but smiley at the door, whilst the waiters were attentive in refilling tap water but not what I'd call warm. The ordering process was more of a struggle than it needed to be as he didn't seem to understand 'vegetarian' and tried to get everyone to add salmon or chorizo to their dishes. Still I did like the little touch of noting who ordered what, so they could bring the food straight out to each person without asking whose dish it was.
I think I was expecting a little more from the food as it's pricey for what you get, but I guess that's not a surprise in this setting. I wouldn't rush back for brunch but I'd like to try it at a different part of the day. Get your diary out and plan a visit if you haven't then, but use it wisely - whether it's on your special someone, or your mom (or maybe your mom is your special someone), or a guest from abroad. Just be ready to catch them when they totter out that lift!
Amazing food.. Sweet and savoury.
Great service and best views that will make you fall in love with London!!!
We will have to come back again and again... The duck was divine. Right skin crispiness and soft and succulent meat. Did not expect oysters, but man were they amazing.
The desert was to die for. Not a usual fan of bread pudding, but ice cream and all. Was hard to not have more.
Amazing Food with amazing Views!
My cousin from London spoke highly of this place, one of her faves as she says.
I was really excited to try it, and as "tourist" I love that it had a view! Located in the Heron Tower.
Ok so the view is amazing, but the food was as well. We ordered spicy ox cheeks doughnuts, foie gras creme brûlée (thats right) fillet of angus beef carpaccio and special house bread to start. OMG a party of goodness in my mouth. Everything we started off with was divine, made me excited for the main event.
For our main we all got the Duck with waffles (: the restaurant is not named after it for nothing. The duck was cooked well the waffle was nice. I would order it again for sure!
The service was good, I did order a wine that never came but they were on the ball refilling our waters and clearing the table.
I was enjoying the food that the wine didn't matter.
Yes its pricey, not a everyday place to go to but worth it! If Im back in London I will come back.
This place is hard to get a reservation for. I'd attempted to get a dinner reservation for a Friday night 2 months before the day itself but the earliest time I managed to secure was 9pm - speaks volumes for the popularity of the restaurant. Naturally I had high hopes. It was to be my first night in London, and I thought it would be a nice start to our trip in London, with the breathtaking views from Heron Tower.
It was satisfying to bypass the long lines waiting to enter the restaurant, courtesy of our reservation. We took a glass elevator that zoomed up to the 40th floor. I had fun watching the city shrink under my feet.
I'd requested for a table next to the window but unfortunately, we were placed in the middle, though we were allowed to walk over to take pictures at the window if we wished. Food-wise, it was definitely good, though not mindblowing. But many of them piqued my interest, and I'd have loved to try more dishes if I could.
Ox cheek doughnut (to share) - Loved the fluffiness of the doughnut, with the sweet dough giving way nicely to the savory and tender meat within. The apricot chutney on the side was definitely the highlight of the dish.
Duck & Waffle - it was a tad greasy for my tastes, but the egg, duck, waffle and syrup went nicely together for an explosion of savory and sweet. I chose not to drench the dish in syrup though, choosing to drizzle a little whenever i wanted.
We were full by now but reviews raving about their torrejas tempted me. The combination of caramel, warm bread and cinnamon ice cream was heavenly, but by this time, I'd had too much sugar in the meal to properly appreciate it.
A good place for a date, or a treat to marvel at the beauty of the city, but I may not necessarily be back soon.
Caffe Musetti Coffee
Duck and Waffle - Crispy Confit with Belgian Waffle, Fried Duck Egg
Spicy Ox Cheek Donut - Apricot Jam, Smoked Paprika, Sugar
Wild Cornish Pollock Meatballs - Lobster Cream, Parmesan
Torrejas - Maple Caramel Apples, Cinnamon Ice Cream
Located forty floors high in Heron Tower with panoramic views of downtown London available 24/7 a Sunday morning visit to Duck & Waffle seemed like a can't miss proposition, an 8am reservation secured in order to dine windowside during the breakfast-to-brunch transition. Still a trendy choice nearly two years since opening its doors and accessed from the street via rapid transit elevator made of pure glass it was to a largely empty dining room that I entered the brightly lit space and with only a single server available for the first half hour my meal began with a leisurely pace - a pot of good coffee nicely complimenting the restaurant's signature plate, though a sign of things to come arose in black pudding 'already sold out.' Happy to take in the scene as the room began to fill it was with great anticipation that I perused the menu of pending brunch and soon after the clock struck nine my server returned only to again disappoint with news that the restaurant's supplier had neglected to deliver any foie gras - the brulee I'd desired nowhere to be found, though a complimentary dish of my choosing was offered in its place. Admittedly a bit annoyed after a second day of breakfast bait-and-switch it was at this point that I decided to place my faith in the staff and deferring to the kitchen as to what was best it was actually a duo that arrived, the first a crispy donut performing a tightrope act of savory and sweet while the sourced Rostang's quenelles de brochet in a sizzling Staub pot. Clearly a talented kitchen despite their shortcomings in supply it was finally in dessert that I indulged and admitting my predilections for custard laden toast I cannot recommend the Torrejas enough as each bruleed bite gave way to a creamy crumb while stewed apples and ice cream merged into a sticky aromatic sauce.
I love this place!!! My new hang out for client meetings, the view from Herron Tower is exceptional and it really displays just how much London has developed in the past 5 yrs. Like any restaurant set in these surroundings it comes at a cost, however I was pleasantly surprised that my bill was only £160 for 4 people with a sharing Menu and no alcoholic drinks. We ate loads of different dishes and I felt it was a well valued meal. The Tuna dish was first class as were all the others apart from the coal charred aubergine..... slightly gooey and tasteless (wasn't a winner on our table). The whole experience was excellent and the staff were very professional. Only bear-bug is finding the right floor as its not evident when you get in the lift and a lot of customers end up in Sushi Samba. The elevator is like a rocket, so if you're afraid of heights its so quick that you don't have enough time to panic!!
I'll be back!
So what can I say about this after my man friend was soooooo adamant we needed to go here at 3 am? Really?
Well let me tell you. This place is freakin amazing. What more could you ask for in a place like this that has a nice view, open late, lots of people and amazing food. You can't beat it.
ORGASM IN MY MOUTH is how I would describe the classic duck n waffle. My man friend unfortunately kept sucking on the bone like more duck meat will magically appear. The combo of this place was pure ecstasy. A must try.
The other two dishes we also shared were the crispy pig ears. Yum!! A good snack and also the BACON WRAPPED DATES!! nom nom nom.
You can't go wrong with this place and its the perfect pit stop after a night of drinking.
Your nightcap will probably end around 4 am :) but you will wake up in pure nostalgia.
happy eating !
I agree with most of the comments here. A meal here is simply great fun, with the zippy glass elevator ride up to the 40th floor and tremendous views. These are probably even more interesting than those at the Shard as you are looking down directly on the Gherkin and other landmarks of interests.
The restaurant itself was busy and buzzy at 9pm on a Saturday. The staff were efficient and friendly, explaining the menu without being too pushy. Others have told me that they felt hurried through their meal (perhaps in preparation for the next sitting?) but we had no such problems. It's small plate food for sharing but there was a long-ish wait before the duck and waffles arrived. They also warn you that the roast chicken takes 40 minutes, which I actually felt was encouragingly indicative of things being cooked to order.
Anyway, highly enjoyable in all respects. Would definitely recommend for a fun night out. Certainly preferable to Sushisamba downstairs, which comes across much worse for atmosphere in spite of the outside bar.
Lived in London for four months searching for the best and this truly is one of the best meals I had in London:
1. The view
The elevator is a quick ride to the top and once you enter Duck & Waffle you realize how beautiful the restaurant is. Natural light seeps through the large windows and you can see all of the city in your seat. It's truly a breathtaking view that enhances your overall dining experience.
2. The duck & waffle
I cannot emphasize enough how delicious this dish is. The duck and waffle is a creative and perfect combination! It's popularity is understood the minute you take a bite.
I can die happy now. Either that or at least am worthy to go on Food Network's "Best I Ever Ate" breakfast edition. I came here on a Friday morning around 830 with no reservations. I heard it was popular but I assumed 1 person this early shouldn't be too hard to accommodate. Well I was wrong. Luckily the staff could see tis lonely American solo traveler was desperate to get her hands on some good eats and they said they could double check for me. After a few minutes, a hostess appeared, took my jacket to the coat check and said they'd be happy to accommodate me if I promised to stay no longer than 40 minutes as to not ruin their reservation schedule. I said, "deal!"
Service was lovely. Never felt like they were annoyed at me in any sense, even though I crashed the party basically. I started with a personal pot of coffee for 4 pounds. Delicious coffee with a container of steamed/frothy milk (I was impressed). Of course I had to get the duck and waffle (I mean that's what the place is named after!) It was 15 pounds.
Crisp half waffle with a fried duck leg and topped with a perfect sunny side up egg that is lightly sprinkled with coarse sea salt. On the side is the maple syrup mixed with mustard seeds. Usually I am a freak about keeping my eggs away from my syrup (i know I'm weird) but this meal is meant to be eaten with a little bit of each part in every bite. Oh and the views! From the 40th floor in the Heron Tower you have perfect views of London's overcast skyline. Also, did I mention that I am 99% positive that JK Rowling was at a table next to me?!? I tried to snap a secret photo but she caught me staring...whoops.
1. Be sure to make reservation, or the security/reception won't let you in for free.
2. Get the duck & waffle, you won't regret it.
3. It opens 24 hour, reservation after 10 pm is easy to get.
===MY CONFESSIONS FOR DUCK&WAFFLE BELOW YOU MAY STOP READING===
Oh Duck & Waffle, how I missed you.
I was living in London for a limited time and while I was there, I wanted to try as many different restaurants as possible. Therefore I rarely go to the same restaurant twice, even if they are good and close to me. I also don't like going to places that's not a direct tube ride away.
I've gone out of my way (took a bus and everything) to go to Duck & Waffle 3 times in 3 months. It was well worth it! If I want to take any visitor to a restaurant in London, Duck & Waffle would arguably be my top choice.
The view! The hours! The ambiance! The service! The price! And let's not forget about the food! This REALLY is the whole package.
On the 40th floor of Heron Tower (one of the tallest building in London), the view is incredible. If you want to impress your date, make sure to get one of the tables by the window(there are many of those). With the tower bridge, the tower of London, and the city under your feet, it's hard to find a better view.
24 x 7. In London. That's what I'm talking about.
Always make a reservation before you go. It's very busy during normal meal hours, but if you are night owl like me, a table is always available at midnight. There should be more places like this...everywhere!
It's one of those places that manages to provide an exquisite dining experience without making you feel intimidated. Low soft light, spacious, trendy decor, lively crowd, perfect.
Absolutely delightful. All 3 times the service has been attentive, efficient, and super friendly.
Is a place like this going to cost an arm and a leg you asked? I've had some shockingly expensive meals in London, and this place certainly doesn't look cheap. But you will be surprised. For a dinner with appetizers, a main course and a drink it costs about £45 per person. To put it in context, it is cheaper than an afternoon tea in the Dorchester Hotel.
Finally it comes to the food. Here are the things I've tried:
- carlingford rock oysters: You can never go wrong with some fresh oysters. They make me happy.
- bbq-spiced crispy pig ears: So wonderful that I couldn't stop eating them. My friend had to hide it from me or I'd be stuffed before the main courses. It came in a brown paper bag with a duck & waffle seal, which was a lovely touch.
- spicy ox cheek doughnut: I was quite full when I tried this so I'm not sure if I could do it justice. It was interesting and original, but I don't think it's my thing. The apricot jam was tasty though.
- foie gras crème brûlée: I felt obligated to order foie gras since it's no longer legal in California. It was delicious, creamy, smooth, perfect with some dark rye bread. It's a bit heavy for an appetizer for two people, may be better to share with 3 or 4.
- duck & waffle: If you go to a restaurant that's named after one of its dishes, you order that dish. You'd be glad to follow this rule here at duck & waffle. The duck leg is so crispy on the outside and so juicy inside. The portion is perfect for sharing between 2.
- smoked scottish salmon: The portion is big! It may not stand out as much as the other dishes but it's still very tasty.
The cocktail options are excellent as well.
Duck & Waffle is stylish but not pretentious, creative and delicious, reasonable priced for such high quality, and there are always window seats available after midnight ;)
I'd go back there in a heartbeat if it's not 11-hour flight away.
The non-Asian version of Sushisamba.
In short, a good place to bring out-of-towners. This place feels slightly less upscale (pretentious?) than Sushisamba. The common ownership is obvious since the decor and layout is almost exactly the same in the restaurant. I prefer the lounge area at Sushisamba, as there is more room without a giant bar in the middle.
Food was generally forgettable. The few starters we tried were the ox-cheek donuts, grilled octopus, flatbread and the pig ears. The pig ears served in a brown bag were nice to have while we were having drinks in the lounge as we waited for our table.
The signature dish, however, (duck confit + duck egg + waffle) was pretty great. I love chicken and waffles, so of course I loved duck and waffles. As my friend once asked, "Why would you ever choose chicken when you can choose duck?" Correct.
If you'd like to eat during "normal" hours you're going to have to do some up-front planning and book a reservation months in advance however, there's clearly a good reason for that--this place is fantastic. If you can swing a table next to the windows overlooking the city your group/date will think you're a hero.
The outside bar just two floors down is a perfect spot to start your night with a cold drink and an amazing view of London. If you've got a reservation at the restaurant you can bypass the queue for the elevator. Another reason for doing so.
The plates are perfect for sharing so it's best to just go HAM and order a flurry of starters and main plates to enjoy with your table. The Duck and Waffle is a must. Pig ears are not my thing, generally, but give these a try and you'll probably be as surprised as I was. Oxcheek filled doughnut...YES! For those who have been to Sugarcane in Miami this place is just as good.
The service was good. The food comes out as and when it's ready so you experience waves of deliciousness.
The bar just outside the restaurant has an interesting open format concept. An after dinner drink might be worth it
Prices are a bit rough so be prepared. A good value when considering the views of London, the quality of the food, and the atmosphere. Sometimes you just have to spend the money anyway so go for it!
Probably the most luxurious 3am breakfast spot to ever exist. Come eat chicken and waffles or Oxford cheek donuts while you watch the sunrise.
The best breakfast I had in London, ever!
Food is very fine, and he menu change frequently. Only the drinks disappointed me a bit.
It was the first time for me to get a Duck egg omelet. Amazing taste, mixed with cheese and mushrooms. The sourdough bread, aka the soldiers, are the perfect idea for dipping. Crispy, tasty, two word to define this experience.
Then, I chose to go for the Belgian Waffle. It was like a firework in my mouth. To good to be eaten only one time!!
Loved the way they prepared the banana, sliced and topped with a thin layer of glazed caramel :D (I still think about this)
At the 40th floor, this is heaven!
The view is impressive, but a reservation is required in order to enjoy this amazing space.
Service is perfect.
Great for a business meeting or your lover.
I managed to find a dinner reservation on a monday night at 10 (the hardest part)! Came here with my parents and we liked it.
This is the highest restaurant in town and I must say the view is amazing and the atmosphere is also very relaxed. I can't imagine how stunning it is in the morning with the light coming from the huge windows.
The place is impressive and the food is good. The menu has some particular things, we had three different entrees and they were all very good. The main we got is the combination that gives the name to the restaurant: crispy duck served with waffles! If you don't like sweet plates than don't take it.
Very nice desserts and quite extensive (and expensive) wine list.
A place to check out, it is open 24/7 and also has a bar!
Came here on a sunny Sunday for brunch. Being a restaurant with good views of London, there is a lot of glass, that with an open kitchen makes for a rather warm restaurant. Wasn't that impressed with the overall decor of the restaurant, one of the views is ruined by a large (and a bit tacky) hanging decoration thing.
Nit picking aside I wish I could eat duck and waffles everyday! It was amazing. Weirdly though this dish is under the section for dishes to share, I'm not one for sharing my food and it's not served in away suitable for sharing. The brunch options sounded very good. A bit gutted the ox cheek doughnuts had run out by the time we ordered. Being a greedy guts I was the only one to have a pud (yes I know I came for brunch). I chose a rhubarb baked Alaska, incredibly pretty and delicious.
Cocktails are on the expensive side, but then you're paying for the view.
As much as loved the duck and waffle I won't rush back.
Gorgeous views, good food and great service.
I was expecting really snooty service after the hurdles we went through to make reservations here (have to confirm resv before 10.30a day of resv. What a hassle when you're traveling. I've Already made a booking- that really ought to suffice). Additionally, when we were there, 20% of the tables were empty, the entire time. So much for making themselves so exclusive
Thankfully, that was all the bad things abt duck & waffle.
The service was attentive and polite the entire time.
Our food was delicious
Beef carpaccio with foie gras : light, flavorful, foie gras was creamy goodness
Deviled duck egg: not the best I've had
Smoked chili pork cheeks on polenta: rustic, rich, flavorful
Duck & waffle: fried duck confit was yummy, waffle drizzled with mustard maple syrup was great and the fried egg was a nice touch.
Gnocchi with deep fried soft boil egg: sleeper surprise of the night. We wanted to lick the plate
The views were great. Stop by the terrace bar downstairs for a drink or 2 before heading off. Great for a night out esp with visitors
Meal and drinks with a view. Open 24/7. Perfect for those late night nibbles & cocktails. Courteous and friendly wait staff and excellent food.
I don't really rate this place. Yes, at one floor above Sushi Samba the view is even better. Yes, you can sit down in relative comfort. Yes, the pigs ears are really tasty.
However, yes the prices are absolutely ludicrous for what you're getting. And yes, the place is beginning to look a little tired.
The food _does_ taste good, and the service is relatively efficient.
Well, well, well now! Ain't this a sexy joint! LOVED it! They had me as soon as I stepped into the lift. I squelled like a child! And I was fortunate too. We went on a clear night and the city rolled out before us as we ascended, all lit up and beautiful.
Yup, it's true, this is another one of those venues where you follow the directions and turn up as instructed and question whether you're in the right place. A weendy, windy corridor and an odd arrangement in the bar area. But there's energy as soon as you step through the door.
Lively music and a lively crowd, loud and buzzing with conversation.
Great waiting staff, competent and charming.
And then the food. Well, the food, now that's kinda sexy too. Mysterious. An intriguing combination of flavours that you're not quite sure are going to work out. But you give it a try, and you know what? They do!
Come to think of it the drinks are sexy too. For much the same reasons.
I had the Wild Cornish Pollock Meatballs, and just in case that wasn't enough, I accompanied. But don't be deceived by the tiny dish they put in front of you, it's incredibly filling and delicious! The bread was unnecessary.
And then my drink. now, that was a really satisfying delight. I had the JD&C. Described as "Gentleman Jack whiskey, Aperol, cacao, DW salted cola reduction, cider vinegar". Has that piqued your interest yet? It certainly got mine! And it was exquisite.
And all the while the city was radiant and shimmering beneath us.
Duckies got their claws in me and I'll be back again!
Great venue for groups or to impress a date. ;D
The Duck and Waffle is situated on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, right in close proximity to the Liverpool Street Tube Station. On entry to the imposing glass building, my companion and I were greeted by a bouncer with a furry sort of scarf wrapped around his neck, who promptly checked for IDs. We then waited for our turn in the infamous glass lift, which shot up into the sky smoothly--we went in at 11:00 PM, and the city was dotted with dazzling little ants of light.
It feels swanky, but not in an uptight and stuffy way. The vibes are young--the way into the actual restaurant is snaky and not-straightforward, and includes walking past an impressive bar display that screams to impress. I know this because I tried very hard to be unimpressed as I stomped by in my heels, and could not stop sneakily glancing at the perfectly placed limes and lemons and shakers and fruits and bottles upon bottles of alcohol.
we were seated immediately--the walls are entirely glass and give stunning views of Mthe city. Everyone is drinking. The wine menu and the cocktail menus are both insane--I saw some 4-digit price tags that made me throw up in the back of my mouth a little bit, and quickly turned to the page with the more reasonably (but oho, dont get too ahead of yourself here, not THAT reasonably) priced 13-14 pound cocktails.
The server s were quick, efficient, and friendly. My companion had a Japanese bottled Asahi for 7 pounds, while I pondered throwing away the equivalent of 20 American dollars on a cocktail. It was a no go, I sipped my tap water daintily and pretended it was as glamorous as any ridiculously priced drink.
We began with the rosemary garlic bread--amazingly fresh--I could taste the small studs of sea salt--went amazingly with the buttery texture.
The duck and waffle was exactly that--crispily roasted duck served atop a half Belgian waffle, served with a tiny little pitcher of maple syrup. Oh, and with a duck egg as well. It was delicious, but there was nothing extraordinary about it. It was well-cooked, but lacked the magic that I expected.
My companion had the smoked salmon--this was an amazingly cut, fresh smoked salmon that melted in the mouth, served with slices of flatbread, some watercress salad, and creme fraiche.
Overall, the food was excellent. I couldn't shake the vibes that I was finally in one of the 'hip-and-happening' areas of London--the service was meticulous and the views were amazing. Although I gripe about the prices, I knew I was paying for the ambience and the experience, which were truly fantastic.
One piece of criticism that I will leave is that the all-day menu should try to be a little more cohesive in its pricing and selection. There are small plates with things like ox cheek and smoked mozzarella and aubergine around 9-10 pounds, and the 'for the table' section served the duck and waffle for 17 pounds and a pearl barley entree for 13 pounds, but then jumps to 30-40 pound entrees like chicken and steak. I would like to see a menu with a few more staples with less of a jump in pricing, and it might bring in an even more enthusiastic clientele than it already has.
Hands down, one of the best meals I've had in London.
From the booking process all the way through leaving the building, the service was impeccable. When I made my reservation I mentioned that my parents were coming in from America and the dinner was sort of a belated birthday meal for myself and my mother, and requested a table with a view. Obviously they can't promise good weather, but the guy said he'd see what he could do with regard to a window view.
When we arrived, there was a small queue for the lift (to the side of the main entrance) but we mentioned having a reservation at Duck and Waffle and were immediately told to go in. It sounded like the doorman almost doubles as a bouncer, picking and choosing who goes in - if you don't have a reservation, that is!
We were whisked - yes, whisked on a super fast lift - up to the top, the 40th floor. Unfortunately we only arrived just in time for the booking, otherwise we would have stopped for a cocktail. The cocktail bar looked amazing - a bar set up in the centre of the room like a buffet with bar staff making gorgeous looking drinks out of super fresh ingredients. Anyway, we walked through the cocktail bar to the restaurant for our meal.
Oh, and the guy who I asked for a table with a view? Boy, did he deliver! We had a table in the corner, which is perfect when you're surrounded by glass walls.
As for the food: delicious. No, really. I'll break down what we got:
- freshly baked house bread served warm with butter and olive oil. Good, but definitely the worst part of the meal. It didn't have anything special to it, but that's ok: the food got so much better from there.
- raw yellowfin tuna served on a salt block with a bit of watermelon, balsamic, and basil. so so so good, and the salt block added a touch of saltiness to the watermelon, which is always a good thing.
- pearl barley and mushroom ragout served with goat curd and a 63 degree hen egg. That egg, by the way, is the only reason I pushed for us to order this - I'd never had one, but heard how good it was. And, yes, it was delicious. So was the pearl barley and the goat curd. I actually don't really like mushrooms (ever since a terrible case of food poisoning last year) but surprisingly enjoyed this one.
- seared scottish scallops served with mussels and mashed potato in seaweed and saffron broth. Absolutely delicious. It only had 2 each of the mussels and scallops, and I didn't get to try the scallops, but the rest was really really good. There was a sweetness in the mash, but a saltiness in the broth and it worked really well together.
- fois gras creme brulee with lobster. I didn't try this one, so I can't speak to it. My father was the only one of us who ate it and, while he loved it, he said he wouldn't order it again if he was the only one eating it because it was so rich (well, yeah. it's fois gras!). I did pick the lobster off the dish, which was yummy, and he did mention it was fois gras with the texture of a creme brulee dessert, so take from that what you will.
- the duck and waffle. yes, of course we got this! we got two, in fact! and i can't even tell you. seriously, mouth orgasm. the melding of flavours - savoury duck leg, soft and subtly sweet waffle, perfectly fried duck egg, strangely addicting mustard maple syrup - it all worked so well together. The only thing I'd say is that there was too little egg, I think - I "ran out" of egg halfway through. Then again, two eggs would probably be a bit much. If you go here and do not order this, I think you're sorely missing out.
We then decided that, as delicious as the meal was, we had to get dessert. Right. Torrejas and petit fours it is.
It was my first time having torrejas - basically, a dessert version of french toast (or eggy bread for some of you) which they served with slices of (baked?) apple in a caramel-type sauce and a scoop of cinnamon ice cream - and I absolutely loved it. The fact that I love french toast obviously helps here.
The petit fours were alright, not to my taste (except for one, a coconut marshmallow thing) - but as there were only 6 of them and 3 of us, my parents were happy to finish those. I thought serving them in a dish on a bed of candied nuts was a really great touch....
Until they brought out a dish with 3 more petit fours sitting on top a smear of what may have been marshmallow fluff with "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate syrup. Yum.
The whole meal - including 2 coffees, a tea, 2 bottles of water and a bottle of wine - came to just under 200 GBP. It's not cheap, but it was worth it. It's rare you get a restaurant that has delicious food when it's in such a prime location. The view was remarkable, the food was wonderful, and the staff were great. What more could you ask for in a restaurant?
It was one of my good friends last nights in London, and we started at a pub near her office. Around the pub's closing time, we were all hungry but at a loss for where to eat until Duck & Waffle dawned us.
All four of us ordered the Duck & Waffle (naturally) and no one could have been happier. The Duck & Waffle was perfectly executed and probably in my top 5 favorite meals in London. Such a truly delicious and unique combination. The only slight issue was it was a pretty foggy night and Duck & Waffle wasn't able to lift the clouds.
Otherwise, no complaints! Would definitely bring an out-of-towner or anyone celebrating a special occasion.
The fun starts as soon as you step into the lift in the Heron Tower and get rocketed up the the 40th floor. The views are outstanding, you are right above the gherkin, and to be honest if when you got to the top of the lift, someone just punched you in the face and you had to get the lift back down again, you would still go home feeling like you had an enjoyable trip to the Duck and Waffle.
I went there for brunch, and even though it cost a fortune (£4.50 for a cup of tea) it was well worth it. The food is amazing, the views are spectacular and although it is quite pricey it's well worth the extra money just for the experience.
Amazing view ,great food,top location.you want to be different -go to D&W..prices :50 P up..;)
Impressive location, great views of London and awesome Duck & Waffle dish...Can't wait to check in again!!!
Often, when I have a bad experience with a business or restaurant I find it hard to write too much about it. I feel that sometimes the emotional frustration can overwhelm my ability to articulate what I did not like.
So, on the opposite end of the scale, I am struggling to articulate my complete feelings for Duck & Waffle. Other than to say I absolutely love this place.
All absolutely world-class.
If Ferris Bueller came here (perhaps as part of some sort of Abe Froman subterfuge) I would be certain that he would say "If you have the means, I highly recommend coming here."
It's hard to get a reservation at this place! We asked our hotel concierge to book it for us, and they came back with either 11am for brunch or 11pm for dinner. We wouldn't be able to make it to brunch, so we decided on the dinner (well, late night meal, I guess).
This place is on top of the Heron Tower, at the really thin part, so all the restaurants up there get amazing views of all sides of the tower. The first thing you see after you entered the restaurant, is a cool, hip bar, with tons of ingredients and alcohol for making cocktails -- might be a good place to stop by for a drink. On the other side of the bar is the kitchen and the restaurant.
We did eat a little bit a couple hours prior, but were already hungry by the time we were seated. We got the pig ears, the beet salad, and the duck & waffle to share, as well as a couple well-crafted cocktails.
The pig ears were crispy and well spiced -- probably better as a snack than an appetizer -- but we liked them nonetheless, even the mister who normally doesn't eat these weird animal bits. Their signature dish, the duck & waffle, was really well done -- the duck was moist, tender, with amazingly crispy skin, and the fried duck egg on top of the waffle was delicious as well. It is not a big plate, so if you are sharing you might have to fight over the food.
The beet salad...well, meh. I don't know what we were thinking as we are from California...
Onto the cocktails. Their cocktails are not cheap, but they have a huge list of very interesting savory cocktails, and they were crafted expertly. For those connoisseurs who like salted caramel, bone marrow essence, or blue cheese in their drinks, the D&W signature drinks will satisfy.
I am glad I managed to eat at one of the "happening" places in London. The claim that British food is bland is thoroughly debunked. While it is true that they borrowed quite heavily from their former colony *cough NYC cough*, it is a good thing especially when infused with a British attitude!
I kind of kept thinking about Mufasa telling Simba, "All that the light touches is yours" when I looked out at the view from the top of Heron tower.
I see so many takeaways from modern, contemporary American food that I feel a more kindred spirit with modern cuisine from the other side of the Atlantic than I do with the restaurant being termed 'Modern European'.
Eating at Duck and Waffle is an experience in drink, eat, sight and service.
It reminds me of eating experiences at some of the most innovative restaurants in Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Its signature dish, the duck with waffles, particularly reminds me of inspiring takes on Fried Chicken and Waffles that has been a staple of Harlem in Manhattan for many a night out.
With that said, I loved the experience. Our table had a view of all of London. Our service, while slow, was nice and very attentive when available. The drinks were always so tasty.
Just go for the experience -- great for clients, proposals, date night, or any other 'must impress' occasions.
This is a 24-hour restaurant that serves good food. Need I say more?! It is a sister restaurant of Sushi Samba in Heron Tower. It often gets the spilt over guests from Sushi Samba, but I have to say it is a really good restaurant of its own right.
Since it is on top of the Heron Tower, you can have a great 360 degree view of the city. It has a nice cocktail bar as well. The best time to go there, in my opinion, is after party at around 2-3 in the morning. Don't think you can get in without a problem in the wee hours of the morning. You will be surprised at the number of night owls showing up at this joint. The bouncers always make you wait if you don't have a reservation.
Don't be deterred. It is well worth the trouble. A nicely cooked duck leg with an egg on top sitting on a waffle at 3am is just divine. Oh, you have to pour the maple syrup with mustard seeds all over everything. I am already planning on doing this during summer months. You can enjoy great food while watch the sun rise above London. That must be a glorious sight.
Duck and Waffle was one of those places I had researched and oggled over their food for quite some time. When my parents had decided to come and visit me from Australia, I knew this would be a fun place to take them.
I emailed the restaurant and asked about their menu and when was the best time to come in and try the bacon wrapped dates. They were extremely helpful, and assisted me in making a reservation for my mothers 50th birthday lunch. I had asked if we could have a seat with a nice view.
Well upon arrival I was instantly in awe. This place is amazing. The views are incredible, the bar you walk through on arrival is unbelievable. I honestly couldn't believe how amazing it all was.
We were guided to our table which was directly facing the windows. The waitress even wished my mother a happy birthday.
The menu houses some items which were a bit of a shock to my parents, as they haven't experienced the sweet and savory style dishes that Duck and Waffle offer.
We ordered sharing platters, and as they were bought out, each platter gained an 'ooooo' , 'ahhhh' from the three of us. The highlight of my meal was the pigs ears and of course the bacon wrapped dates. My parents thoroughly enjoyed the duck and waffle.
After all our delicious meals were eaten and we'd passed on the dessert, the waitress bought out the cutest little plate with roasted sugared almonds, marshmallow, and some rose water cream with some chocolates, with a candle. Which was a nice surprise.
The whole experience was simply amazing, and I cannot wait to have another visitor to take back here. The food is very reasonably priced for the location and the entire experience.
The Puglian Olives are an absolutely revelation. I'd go back JUST to eat them. Seriously. It's like eating them right in Italy.
Despite heavy rains and clouds (meaning NO view whatsoever) my second trip to Duck & Waffle was just as lovely as the first.
And man, that Duck & Waffle is still a standout. Don't believe your server if they tell you "it's for 1 person" that plate is massive and once you've eaten your heart out on all the other lovely dishes, you'll be most likely wanting to share it.
Another winner of a night at D&W! Make a reservation and hope for clear skies, but either way it's a treat.
Duck & Waffle is unique, extraordinary.. but also slightly overpriced.
The uniqueness? Its 40th floor location and those views. They claim to be the highest restaurant in the country, at exactly 200m off the ground, and I can believe them. Quite simply it's like nothing else in London (or indeed the rest of the country). The smooth ascent (or descent) by lift is quite a thrill, and as a result, either the stylish bar or restaurant has to be a great place to impress someone, say on a date.
Also extraordinary about it is its 24 hour nature. I'm a big fan of that, and hitherto coming here, the only 24 hour London restaurant I knew of was Vingt Quatre in Fulham. Needless to say, Duck & Waffle is far superior experience.
The service is excellent too. Quick, responsive and very helpful with last-minute requests. My girlfriend's birthday was due a few days after I swung by with fellow Yelpers as part of the Classy Christmas Crawl (full credit here to the mighty Andrew M) and I wondered if it was possible to surprise her with a lit candle on a small dessert plate. No problem at all they replied and out came the plate just as we were preparing to pay the bill. Result: a hearty group rendition of 'happy birthday' and one delighted girlfriend.
The food however, though good, is rather overpriced. I had to go for the signature Duck and Waffle dish, partly due to its eponymous nature but also because I'm a massive fan/glutton of waffles. It sounds great, and it was good, but consisting of Duck leg on waffle with grain mustard maple syrup for £17, really it's just a rather expensive, posher version of bacon on waffles or pancakes with maple syrup, and in a smaller quantity too. The dessert waffles are also pricey: at £8.50, they're the most expensive I've seen. That said, the other dishes opted for by the rest of the group did look interesting and as the waiter said, given that we were eating (literally) into the early hours, the menu was more restricted than usual.
I do wonder a bit what market D&W is aiming for. Its 200 metre elevation gives it a huge advantage over competitors such as Galvin at Windows or the Oxo Tower, so in some ways I'm surprised that they haven't upped the ante by going for haute cuisine outright. Maybe it does during the day, but that's certainly not the impression I get.
Still, Duck and Waffle is extraordinary, unique and 100% worth checking out, whichever hour of the 24 you find yourself in the area.
The Duck and Waffle has been on my tick list for a while now and having recently been to SushiSamba my expectations were indeed as high as the 40th floor, where the restaurant is located!
I can confirm with no hesitation whatsoever that expectations were met, indeed surpassed. Not much to say about the views, just stunning (even on an overcast day).
The food is as adventurous as I've seen in a while and those who are looking for a new experience will be thrilled with the menu and the taste/quality of food.
I'm guessing the menu changes monthly, so if you are going in September I can highly recommend the crispy pig ears, bacon wrapped dates and pollockmeatballs.
The dilemma came in choosing a main course; steak, fish or the signature duck and waffle? As this was my first visit, it had to be the duck and waffle. Suffice to say, innovative, substantial and just damn tasty!
My party of 5 were celebrating a birthday, so following the self-indulgence of ordering a delicious dessert (the Torrejas), we were then treated to a 'birthday cake' from the house, which was very much appreciated and a very professional touch.
A special mention for our waiter Andre who was attentive and helpful. What a thoroughly nice chap!
So what's left to say, nothing much other than given the location, experience and food the Duck and Waffle is excellent value for money, I can't wait to go back again and I wish I could give it a 6 star rating.
Well done guys, you've absolutely nailed it!
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