With tasty food, stunning London views and excellent service, I could never tire of this place and its open 24/7! Set on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK, serving unorthodox (but insanely good) European plates. A glass lift takes you to the top of the tower, so you can appreciate the view all the way up before entering the bar area. During the day it’s flooded with natural light and by night, colourful lights illuminate the beautiful blue and white patterned tiled floor, wood panelled ceiling and graffiti design walls. The dining room design is more low-key than the bar, but both have floor to ceiling windows to admire the views.
The menu varies slightly for breakfast, brunch and late night, but signature dishes are available all day. My favourites are…
- Foie gras crème brûlée served with a pork crackling brioche
- Duck & waffle served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup
- Spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam and smoked paprika sugar
- Roasted octopus with chorizo, baby potato and pickled cucumber
Closely followed by…
- ‘Bananas brûlée’ Belgian waffle with homemade nutella, vanilla ice cream and peanut crunch
- Wild Cornish pollock meatballs with lobster cream and parmesan
The cocktails are also very unique with Chocolate & Blue Cheese Martinis and Marmite Black Velvets, which were well made and interesting, however, I would say if you enjoy cocktails because they mask the strong taste of alcohol, these are probably not for you!
Even though Duck & Waffle never closes, I would always recommend booking well in advance, especially if you want a window table. I’ve managed to wangle a table in the restaurant without a reservation on a heaving Sunday evening for two, but only for an hour. The dishes are also deceptively filling, so if you want to try more of the menu, sharing is the way. With repeat visits already under my belt, I will be returning and definitely recommend you go.
Area: City of London
Rating: 4.8 / 5.0