“Still a favourite after all these years”, this high-rise City hotspot on the 40th floor of Heron Tower scores with its awesome views, “top-notch service”, easy prices and 24/7 opening – no wonder fans are hooked on everything from its breakfast waffles to 3am cocktails.
Mustard-yellow banquettes and waiters in blood-red shirts strike a garish note amid such stylish surrounds, but the kitchen lets its food do the talking: expect a “fantastic” global line-up that’s guaranteed to please (and challenge) the taste buds.
Kick things off with some quirky snacks – perhaps bacon-wrapped dates (a sweet/savoury mash-up) or crispy balls of polenta stuffed with Parmesan and truffle. From the sharing dishes, we love the giant spicy duck doughnut finished off with charred pineapple jam and a dusting of paprika sugar, while the indulgence continues with the eponymous house speciality – a stack of waffles topped with confit duck leg and a fried egg that sends fans “straight to foodie heaven”.
Elsewhere, we also rate the supremely creamy reginette pasta served with flecks of truffle and a runny egg yolk, while medium-sized groups should share the spoils from the giant whole roasted chicken with ratte potatoes and wild mushrooms.
Once you’ve made it to dessert, we’d recommend the dreamy banoffee pie – a chocolate dome melted by a warm salted caramel sauce that’s poured at the table and finished with chunks of banana and hazelnut. If you prefer a liquid course, Duck & Waffle’s chatty, knowledgeable staff are also happy to pick something from the impressive cocktail list, which features sips ranging from the ordinary to the unexpected.