I’ve wanted to eat duck, on a waffle, topped with a fried egg, drizzled with syrup for some time. I got my wish two weeks ago and, as we shot up the glass elevator, knew I was in for a treat.
Duck & Waffle is perched on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, opposite Liverpool Street Station. If you’re sat by the window (asking to move works!), you’ll be able to see London in all its shimmering glory.
My biggest tip is don’t over order (or look down). Ignore the waiters; unless you’re the Hungry Caterpillar, you don’t need three small plates before you move onto mains.
What you do need are aromatic Coal Charred Aubergines scooped up with warm pittas (£9), juicy Roasted Octopus with Chorizo (£13) and imaginative Spicy Ox Cheek Doughnut dunked in apricot jam (£10).
All that, and a portion of freshly baked bread. Wild Mushrooms with Garlic, Thyme & Ketchup (£9) is like a puffed up, spongy pizza…which isn’t said to put you off.
As for the other ‘small but actually large plates’, we should have ordered the highly recommended Bacon Wrapped Dates (£9) rather than over truffled Fillet of Beef Carpaccio (£15) and mushy Wild Pollock Cornish Meatballs (£11).
Then the moment came for Duck & Waffle (£17) . I was a couple of Cosmopolitans down, so probably appreciated it even more. It was wickedly rich, sinfully sweet and my new favourite dish. Next time, it’s all I’ll have.
As my ears popped on the way to commuter land, I took 30 seconds to think about my meal. The view made the experience special, but I didn’t feel the same about all the dishes. Some were fun and inventive, others bog standard and a little blah, so for that, Duck & Waffle gets a LLE Rating of 7/10.
Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AY