“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. On the menu, expect to find a “fantastic” global line-up that is guaranteed to please (and challenge) the taste buds.
We would recommend kicking things off with some of the quirky snacks – perhaps bacon-wrapped dates (a mash-up of sweet and savoury) or crispy balls of polenta stuffed with Parmesan and truffle shavings. 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 shavings of black 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 have made it to dessert, we would recommend the dreamy banoffee pie – a chocolate dome melted by a warm salted caramel sauce that is 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.
Thanks to its 24/7 opening times, Duck & Waffle is the place to be whether it’s midday or 3am in the morning.