Being on top of the city with an unobstructed view clearly adds another dimension to a dining experience. What would you do to go one step further? Keep it open 24/7 for guests to enjoy sunrise and sunset which is what Duck & Waffle has done. It’s truly non-discriminating with the more than generous opening hours, be it for early birds, power lunchers, romantic diners, late nightlifers, Sushi Samba haters or the occasional tourist who got lost in the city. Success is the word to describe it considering how far ahead I needed to book a table for 6 people early in the morning.
I usually only wake up this early when I have a morning flight to catch but this morning was an exception. On my way there it felt like the end of a very late night out, the sun was not out yet and the streets were quiet. The first excitement of the morning was the elevator ride up to the 40th floor of Heron Tower, which was quick and breathtaking. An advice for people with fear of heights though is to close your eyes to avoid spoiling the meal.
The breakfast menu was very straightforward with basics such as English breakfast on the savoury side and pastries on the sweet side. The pace of service at 6.30 am was slow and relaxed. There were only 2 tables occupied and waiters were probably waiting for their night shift to end.
Three things one the plate made my morning: crispy duck confit, fried duck egg and waffle with mustard maple syrup. It felt more like dinner than breakfast but good it was. Cutting through the crispy skin of the duck leg into the fragrant and soft cooked meat is something I expect to do with a good duck confit. Imagine how glorious this could be instead of kebab or hamburger on the street if you against all odds resist going to bed after a long night of boozing!
Every city deserves a place like this. A place to enjoy down to earth food on a not so down to earth altitude. In recent years other restaurants have started to occupy the higher floors in buildings as well like Sushi Samba in Heron Tower (just below Duck & Waffle) and Hutong/Oblix/Aqua in the Shard.
And the food? I only tried one dish, Duck ‘n’ Waffle. It’s good and if not good enough for you then the view will more than make up for it.
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Duck & Waffle
London EC2N 4AY
Tel. +44 0(20) 3640 7310