I don't really understand what's all the hype about Duck & Waffle. For a fact, it's the tallest restaurant in London perched on the 40th floor of Heron Tower. If you're sat by the windows, you get a shimmering panoramic view of East London and beyond. The waiting list is pretty extensive too, we booked 1.5 months in advanced. The kitchen operates 24/7 meaning you can go there for a late night snack or for a morning breakfast/brunch. So much so, I had a high expectation.
|Freshly Baked Bread with N'duja & Gruyère|
|'Egg & Bacon" with Devilled Duck Egg, Korean Pig's Head and Sriracha|
|Fillet of Angus Beef Carpaccio with Foie Gras, Truffle and Pecorino|
|Foie Gras Crrème Brûlée and Butter Roasted Lobster with Toasted Brioche|
|Duck & Waffle with Crispy Leg Confit, Fried Duck Egg and Mustard Maple Syrup|
|2012 Château de Saint Cosme, Côtes du Rhône Villages, Rhône Valley|
Well, I have a mixed feelings for the food. The experience was great, good innovative flavours and nice presentation. The bread with n'duja and Gruyère was quite spicy, even for someone like me that can tolerate spicy food it was too overpowering. Nothing special about 'egg & bacon', the name may fool you it has bacon in the dish but it is pig's head which they're trying to resemble it as bacon by the way they have sliced it with a layer of fat and meat in between. Too much pecorino cheese on the beef carpaccio, the beef flavour was getting lost. Sadly, the foie gras dish did little for me. As the name of restaurant is "Duck & Waffle", how not to miss the signature dish. A strange combination but it actually works, the saltiness of the confit duck sat on the soft waffle with sweet syrup poured on top. It was the most enjoyable dish of the night. We didn't order dessert as the food was not up to our expectation so we thought the same for dessert too. Hey, it could have been a different story with the dessert well until next time.
This was a good place to dine, excellent décor and ambience perfect for special occasions. But it's not a place that I'd rush to go back for giving what London has to offer.
Score Rating: 3/5.
Price: £50 per person with a bottle of wine.