For quite a while now, I have been wanting to try out Duck and Waffle in Shoreditch London.
I have visited the area a number of times, being from South London and still having family there, and my nephew spending time as a manager at a well known Shoreditch Hotel, meant that I had been well and truly introduced to this hip part of London Town. Which is a real Foodie Heaven.
On my previous visits to the area, I have usually been unorganised, with most trips being at short notice. The trouble is this restaurant usually books up months in advance and so had missed out time and time again.
Thankfully on this occasion we had booked 6 months in advance enabling us to finally book a table at this well talked about restaurant/bar.
Duck and Waffle is located high up on the 40th floor of Heron Tower and is London’s Highest 24 Hour Restaurant. Serving up Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Snacks around the clock, under the watchful eye of Chef Director Dan Doherty and Executive Chef Tom Cenci.
We booked a 5pm sitting, hoping to take advantage of the views and sunset, this proved to be a great decision.
Taking just a short stroll from our hotel, we approached the doorway that leads directly to the lifts to SushiSamba (38th Floor) and Duck and Waffle 40th Floor.
Climbing into what felt like Charlies Great Glass Elevator, we whizzed upward to the 40th floor in the glass lift, it takes just 40 seconds to reach its breathtaking destination. You get stunning views over London as you climb floor by floor, you then step out along a small corridor and into an open cocktail bar area.
We took seats in the bar area, again with the most amazing views over London and chose from the drinks menu. In the centre of the room is a cocktail ‘Island’ rather than a bar itself, with drinks being expertly mixed and served with a smile.
Despite it being a Sunday evening at 5pm, there was a buzz about the place, with you easily mistaking it for a Friday or Saturday night.
Shortly after we were shown to our table, sat on a table next to a floor to ceiling window, this was the perfect spot to view London whilst enjoying some food.
The menu is designed around a sharing concept, we ordering a couple of starters and mains, along with some freshly baked bread. All food is bought to you as it is cooked, ensuring you get it at its best.
First to the table was a full flavoured Rosemary and Garlic Bread, which was sliced up at the table by our server.
Shortly after we were served an Oz Cheek Doughnut. A sweet and tangy outer was contrasted by a rich and meaty interior. Whilst India found this combination weird, I loved it (Which is ironic as she has Pineapple on Pizza and I cant stand it).
Next up was Goat Kofta, served with a tangy Cumin Yoghurt and Pomegranate Molasses. So full of flavour and tender, this was one of my favourite dishes.
As a main, we both wanted to have the ‘Duck and Waffle. A Duck Confit Leg which was succulent inside, yet crispy on the outside, served on a waffle and topped with a ducks egg and served with a side of mustard maple syrup. I was getting stuffed by now, however I managed to finish every last bit of this delightful twist on ‘Chicken and Waffles’ which I tried many years ago at Roscoe’s in LA.
Unfortunately I couldn’t bring myself to look at the dessert menu and instead relaxed with an espresso martini.
The views at this restaurant were exception, and the food was even better….. I would definitely return.
Duck and Waffle can be fount at Heron Tower (110 Bishopsgate), London
I shall be also be checking out Chef Director Dan Doherty’s new restaurant concept ‘Sprout’ that will also be popping up in Manchester on 9th March at Harvey Nichol’s – details of which can be found at