High-rise restaurants may not be the novelty in London that they once were, but the “amazing views” at Duck & Waffle still take some beating. Found inside the Heron Tower and sitting 40 floors above the capital’s streets (one floor higher than neighbouring Sushisamba), the 24/7 restaurant offers up a glamorous setting to enjoy some imaginative cooking, whether you are starting your day there with breakfast, or visiting at 3am for a post-night-out snack.
The retro stylings of the dining room look a little misplaced among such slick surrounds, but curved banquettes mean Duck & Waffle is great for groups, while the tables by the floor-to-ceiling windows are the best seats in the house. From the partially open kitchen, the restaurant’s team of chefs turn out a globally inspired menu of “unique” dishes that for all the sense of fun display plenty of technical knowhow.
Begin with snacks such as the now-famous bacon-wrapped dates (a flawless symphony of sweetness and crunch) or opt for the unassuming-sounding doughnut, which reveals a savoury centre of shredded ox cheek and is finished off with the sweet tinge of apricot jam and a dusting of paprika sugar.
When it comes to the mains, or ‘large plates’, the eponymous house speciality is a must-order: a golden waffle crowned with confit duck leg and a fried egg, which is a perfect balance of sweet and savoury. Elsewhere, we’re also fans of the hanger steak with its garlic and parsley dip, and the whole-roasted chicken which is given a luxe update with wild mushrooms, truffles and herbs.
Staff have thankfully ditched their garish red shirts for sleeker black alternatives, and although attempts to upsell can sometimes grate, several readers commend Duck & Waffle’s “perfect” service. Waiters will also help you to navigate the expansive drinks list, which ranges from flash Champagnes to house-made cocktails like a Breakfast Fizz which tastes just like marmalade on toast.
Once you’ve factored in those awe-inspiring views, prices which are reasonable for the setting and electric atmosphere, you’ll see why readers consider Duck & Waffle “worth every penny”.