What drew us to this particular restaurant was the stunning views of southeast London from high up on the Heron Tower, where this restaurant is located. The fare served here is upscale comfort food (it’s prevalent in New York City as well as in London) except the Executive Chef Daniel Doherty has interesting touches on the menu that I have yet to see or eat.
We started out with barbecue spiced crispy pigs’ ears (£5) that was presented in a paper bag and the restaurant’s wax seal. The quaint presentation kind of lends to the general rustic feeling of the food but the execution is quite polished. The pigs’s ears were shredded and fried until it shatters like thick-cut potato chips and the heavy dusting of barbecue spices made it extra delectable.
The spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam (£10) wasn’t anything I imagined when Frederica mentioned this to me when we’re writing to each other before I arrived to London. This doughnut is a large orb, about the size of a small cantaloupe (muskmelon) of fried dough, rolled in coarse sugar, salt, and cinnamon and stuffed with pulled ox cheek meat that’s mixed in a spicy barbecue sauce. It’s a delicious savory doughnut and it’s substantial.
Their namesake dish, duck and waffle (£17) served with crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg, and a side of mustard maple syrup, since we’re getting to the point of feeling quite stuffed. The combination of a slightly sweet and crisp waffle, savory, crispy skinned duck leg that cooked in it duck fat, and a fried egg topped on it, is an over-the-top dish but it’s very tasty.
We finally ended with their special of day, lobster benedict topped with caviar (£32). This lobster benedict is my favorite version by far. The thick toast topped generously of chunks of lobster meat and various mushrooms, a few cherry tomatoes, a runny poached egg, hollandaise sauce and a generous dollop of caviar. This is luxurious in every way possible and it’s amazing.
We enjoyed our meal and time at Duck & Waffle but we had to get moving before I would fall into a food coma (and I had other places to go to) and she has to get back to work. If I were to come back to London, this would possibly be one of the places I would return to.
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Duck & Waffle
London EC2N 4AY
Phone:+44 20 3640 7310