Duck & Waffle opened in summer 2012 and continues to be one of London’s hottest tables. It’s on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, just enough within the City to draw the bankers’ fat wallets but also charmingly within a quick walk of some of my favorite bars in Shoreditch. The view is incredible of course, and you can even look down on Sushi Samba’s terrace complete with Japanese maple trees. It’s a pretty swank place, really.
Which is why, no, I wouldn’t say that the eponymous special of the house at Duck & Waffle has any relation to the American soul food chicken and waffles. People love to make this comparison, I’ve found, but we’re not talking fried chicken here. You don’t go to Duck & Waffle to order anything else than this delicious combination of confit duck over a fluffy-inside waffle and topped with a fried egg. Then there’s the delectable maple syrup which my friend Emily proclaimed was good enough to drink. Apparently you’re supposed to share the duck and waffle, according to the menu. Do yourself a favor, just order your own.
We did decide to share a raw scallop starter served dressed on a pink Himalayan sea salt brick, kind of like a deconstructed ceviche. The idea is that you grab the little finger of scallop with your hands and swirl it on the brick with the dressing creating, a bit of a culinary slip and slide. The result? Melt in your mouth, flavorful and a touch of salty goodness.
And for dessert, we had the “torrejas,” piping hot slices of apple served in a little cast iron skillet like a deconstructed apple crumble, served with cinnamon ice cream. Yup, just all good.
I’ve yet to try the brunch, but the buzz is that you can order Duck & Waffle’s answer to the great cronut craze of 2013, all with the delightful speakeasy quality that it’s not actually listed on the menu.
It’s a pretty special place, you definitely need a reservation, but the atmosphere is decidedly un-stuffy. Pretty much my favorite restaurant in London.
Duck & Waffle Heron Tower 110 Bishopgate London EC2N 4AY +44 203 640 7310
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2014.