Towering above the city on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower is Duck and Waffle, a restaurant known for it’s signature dish, after which it’s named after and it’s 24/7 opening hours. Still, after being open for 7 years, tables are like gold dust and only the fastest finger first or luck manages to get you a table. It has been on my list of places to visit for a long while and a few months ago I finally managed to be that lucky person to get a table!
From a private entrance on Bishopsgate a glass lift whisks you all the way up to the 40th floor, where you are greeted by amazing views over the city. We enjoyed a quick drink in the bar by the window before heading through to the dining area – which was smaller than I thought, so I can see why tables are hard to come by!
The menu is tapas style with snacks, small plates and plates for the table to share. Everything on the menu sounded delicious, it was hard to choose! From the Snacks we went for the BBQ Spiced Crispy Pigs ears, Bacon Wrapped Dates and the Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut (which I could have eaten more of!), all of which were a nice size for sharing while deliberating over the wine list! We went on to have from the Small Plates, the Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Poached Egg and Parmesan and the Goat Kofte with cumin yoghurt, pomegranate molasses and spiced crisp bread – again two good sharing dishes and were definitely fought over. We opted for one of their Charred Aubergine and Sumac Yoghurt flatbreads to share and of course you can’t come here without having the Duck and Waffle.
We did manage to have a little room to spare and finished our meal off with two desserts, a Rhubarb Pavlova and a Warm Banoffee ‘Pie’ – a dessert with a difference!
I would thoroughly recommend paying Duck and Waffle a visit, it was well worth it for the food and the views. You do not need to book if you are happy to eat after 11pm (a good place for something to eat on the way home after a night out!) or if you can’t wait to try their Duck and Waffle, they have opened a ‘local’ Duck and Waffle in Piccadilly, which I can also highly recommend – the menu is slightly different, but the key thing is their signature dish is there.