Duck and Waffle is one of those establishments that has been popping up regularly on Facebook as a place that friends have been ‘Checking-In’ to and having read the reviews, it had been on my ‘I need to go there’ list for a while. Seeing as I have to go to work to afford to eat at these places, going in the week just isn’t an option and making it across town to Bank at the weekend isn’t really something I often fancy.
With our wedding anniversary falling on a week day, we thought we’d extend the bank holiday weekend and take the Tuesday off and have brunch at Duck and Waffle.
Duck and Waffle is located on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower, you can spot the red candle wax stamp just above the door to the entrance where you are ushered into a lift zooming you up above the London buildings.
The wooden decor gives the feeling of being by the seaside rather than in an upmarket restaurant but as you walk through to the smiley ‘meeter and greeter’ the lights glimmer and sparkle off the glitzy chandeliers and decoration hanging down from ceiling and then you spot the City skyline behind.
You immediately walk into the bar area where bottles of spirits are displayed in a central bar.
Brightly coloured graffiti covers the few white walls making the place look trendy and urban even if it’s situated in what I often feel is a soulless part of town.
The view really is quite breath taking with the Gherkin dominating the immediate sight line and Tower Bridge looking stunning in the background.
We were ushered through the bar to our window table in the restaurant and sat gazing out at the miserable rain!
The main restaurant is small (ish) but with the glass windows surrounding three sides, it has a bright open vibe. The fourth side to the restaurant is the open kitchen which competes for my attention against the amazing London skyline. The ceilings are covered in waves of yellow which I can only presume is a nod towards a duck’s beak… or at least that’s what it reminded me of!
With the brunch menu placed in front of us, it was nice to see something a little different to the usual smoked salmon and scrambled eggs (even if that is my usual favourite choice).
I was torn between the duck egg in a brioche basket and the duck egg en cocotte, but the truffle won me over. Duck egg en cocotte included wild mushrooms with a duck egg baked with gruyere cheese, truffle and served with soldiers. It was rich, luxurious, over-indulgent heaven that hit all the senses. The soldiers were dipped into the runny duck egg, smothered in cheese and in a highly un-lady like fashion, promptly devoured!
Will went for the smoked finnan haddock which was served with a spring onion hash, poached egg and English mustard cream. He was kind enough to let me try a bite and there was a little bit of food envy. A lovely change to the smoked salmon and whilst it was rich, the fish was so delicate and beautifully cooked that it all worked so well together.
The service is friendly and attentive without being over bearing and when we asked for a copy of the menu to take home, they kindly got it signed by the head chef and brought over two glasses of champagne to toast our anniversary.
It might have taken me a little while to initially make it to Duck and Waffle, but I’ll make sure it’s not so long between visits in future.
I think I need to try out the dinner menu and see the bar in full swing and if brunch is anything to go by, I’m in for quite a treat.
Duck and Waffle, 40th Floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY