What do you doÂ to fight the looming Monday blues brought by deadlines, late nights and long meetings? Simple. You go to Duck & Waffle and accept to be defeated by food.
Located atop a 40-storey skyscraper at 110 Bishopsgate in the city of London, Duck & Waffle cooks up an interesting menu with local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable British ingredients. OpenÂ 24/7 and offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night menus, this restaurant is definitely one of the coolest and most innovative in London.
Despite it being a Monday night, Duck & Waffle was vibrant with excitement from a classy, feel-good clientele when we went. We managed to snag the best table in the restaurant, with a beautiful 180Â° view of The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the whole of Bishopsgate.
We chose the lovely polenta chips with parmesan truffle to start with, the perfect snack to pair up with a glass of red and to get youÂ readyÂ for a very carb-heavy night. Duck & Waffle’s menu follows the tapas concept, but we got greedy and ended up sharing just the snack and a “small plate”.
Why theÂ inverted commas? Well, ourÂ choice of tapas wasn’t a small plate at all: even shared between the two of us, theÂ spicy ox cheek doughnutÂ withÂ apricot jam and smoked paprika sugar would have been a greatÂ stand-alone main. Tender, fluffy and dripping withÂ jam, this starter is the perfect mix of sweet and savoury, a dish you won’t find anywhere else.
But you just can’t eat at Duck & Waffle without gettingÂ theÂ duck & waffle. Imagine a sweet, filling breakfast waffle covered in maple syrup and enhanced by the crispy, tastyÂ leg confit, topped by a runny fried duck egg. YouÂ will probably need to lie down afterwards, but the duck & waffle is a signature dish that takes on the ubiquitous chicken and waffles, remaining a truly unique dish.
We didn’t have enough after the waffles. So we got dessert – and what a dessert that was. TheÂ mushroom on toast areÂ another example of how sweet and savoury are a match made in heaven at Duck & Waffle: an almond cake, topped with porcini ganache and brown butter ice cream, this is an odd yet fantastic dessert that you don’t see everyday.
Or, if you’re more of a traditionalist, you could always try theÂ dark chocolate brownie sundae withÂ peanut crunch, a decadent feast of brownies, peanut butter and Duck & Waffle branded chocolate.
Dinner at Duck & Waffle isn’t above the clouds just because of the restaurant’s height. It’s actually food heaven.
Pictures: Carolina Are, Duck & Waffle
Dinner for two: Â£127
- A bottle of Uruguayan red wine (Â£56)
- 2 x Crispy polenta (Â£3 each)
- Spicy ox cheek doughnut (Â£10)
- 2 x duck & waffle (Â£17 each)
- Mushroom on toast (Â£11)
- Dark chocolate brownie sundae (Â£10)