First of all I must start by saying that the Duck and Waffle isn’t just a restaurant and bar it’s an experience and one that all Londoners should experience once in their life.
Good things come to those that wait they say and I had to wait a good few months for my reservation at the Duck and Waffle restaurant. This has always been on my London to do list but because it’s so hard to get a reservation on the weekends I had to wait!
But I can assure you the wait was worth it.
I got myself and my husband a 9am breakfast reservation on a Saturday morning. We made our way towards Liverpool Street station and found the Heron Tower (it’s not hard to miss). We were greeted at the door and followed the red carpet into the entrance of Duck and Waffle and into the glass lift. This was one of the most exciting parts of the day actually. This lift is pretty crazy, scary and ear popping! Scaling the 40 floors of the Heron Tower in a matter of seconds was exhilarating. Once at the top you walk into the Duck and Waffle bar which was light, filled with colour and had an impressive view over the Gherkin.
We sat down at the bar and ordered two mimosa’s to start, at £15 a pop it isn’t exactly cheap but ‘When in Rome’. We received our drinks and were guided into the Duck and Waffle restaurant, our coats were taken swiftly and we were one of the lucky ones who received a table by the window (mini fist pump happened).
Our view was out to East London so we instantly spotted the overground, Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Haggerston Park and finally Victoria Park.
We perused the menu and actually found it quite difficult to choose as you think you want to order the signature Duck and Waffle dish but actually after seeing it come to other tables I wasn’t sure I wanted a Duck for my breakfast. Dan decided on the House Breakfast and I went for the Banana Brûlée Waffles with ice cream, banana and nutella minus the peanuts.
We were able to walk around the restaurant and look out of the windows as the place was pretty much empty. I found this hard to believe as it takes so long to get a reservation. At one point there was us and only two other tables. The views were magnificent, you can easily spot Tower Bridge, Tower of London and you can even see Alexandra Palace right in the distance.
Before we knew it the food had arrived very swiftly and we tucked in. My breakfast was delicious, the waffles were warm and soft and the bananas had an amazing glaze. I tried to savour every single bite! Dan’s big breakfast from all accounts was great and he didn’t leave a single thing on the plate (even the black pudding).
The restaurant began to fill up a bit more but never during our two hour session was all of the tables full. We decided to share a dessert as most of them had peanuts and although I’m not allergic I’m really not a fan. The dessert was the Dark Chocolate Brownie Sundae, it was huge and more than enough for two people. It was so delicious! The brownies were literally melt in your mouth goodness!
After dessert Dan ordered a coffee and myself a hot chocolate. We savoured every possible moment from our two hour session and left with full tummies and smiles on our faces that we literally couldn’t wipe off!
We decided there and then that the next posh meal would be Sushi Samba which is downstairs.
I loved the Duck and Waffle and it was such a great experience. I would most definitely return.
Have you been to the Duck and Waffle?