Duck & Waffle

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, City, London

Duck & Waffle
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10/10 from 2 user reviews

..once one of London’s most exciting restaurants now a gleaming façade with little to recommend it.

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Address:110 Bishopsgate
City
London
EC2N 4AY
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:European
Region:City
Nearest Station:Liverpool Street
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About: 24 hour restaurant on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. Small plates, cocktails and an all-day dining menu. From the people behind Sushisamba.

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The best places to find a late night bite
London’s most outstanding 24 hour restaurant, with clever reversions of comfort food, a fun atmosphere, and some of the best views the capital has to offer. Having opened in 2012, their signature “duck & waffle”, a dish composed of duck leg and duck egg on a waffle, doused in maple syrup, was the most talked about dish that year.

Take in London's best views as you eat
Stunning views over London from the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, round-the-clock opening hours and a smart take on comfort food made this one of the most talked about eateries of 2012.

Best venues for a celebration
Heron Tower’s top floor is home to this delectable 24 hour restaurant where you can feast on oysters and bubbly at any time of the night. Being on the 40th level means there is some pretty decent scenery from the windows too.

The best small plate dining
At Duck & Waffle there’s exquisite dining in a very fun restaurant: it’s open 24 hours, boasts amazing views from the 40th floor of a City tower and has a menu of smart, innovative food like foie gras crème brulee and the signature dish of duck leg confit, egg, waffle and maple syrup.


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Added on February 12, 2013



"..once one of London’s most exciting restaurants now a gleaming façade with little to recommend it."

Review Rating: 4 / 10
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Amazing views from the 40th floor, round-the-clock opening hours, a creative menu of small plates… Duck & Waffle has it all going for it. Or had, as we recently discovered.

The first few days of January are challenging for restaurants, as anyone who’s tried to eat out that week knows: the kitchen has run out of bread, the kitchen has run out of wine glasses, the kitchen has run out of staff, etc etc. There’s a simple solution to this: don’t open if you can’t provide service as usual.

But this doesn’t seem to be the issue at Duck & Waffle. No, instead the problem here seems comparable to London’s gentrification, where important landmarks are being bulldozed to make way for over-priced glass buildings. And so the cheapest wine, a very average, slightly acidic Sangiovese (the Poderi dal Nespoli Fico Grande Sangiovese to be precise), is £30, yet a quick internet search reveals it has an average price of £6. A 500% mark-up is like customer cleansing, or in other words, pricing out those who can’t afford it.

It wouldn’t be so bad if the service or the food justified the cost, but Duck & Waffle falls short on both these counts too. The ingenious dishes we tried on our first visit two years ago (fatty sliced pig’s head aka mortadella seasoned with Amalfi lemon and salt, an all-day breakfast of bacon crisps with pan-fried foie gras and little balls of black pudding on toasted brioche with Nutella) are gone, to be replaced by food that puts style over substance.

Case in point: the tartiflette, a dish of potato, smoky lardons and most importantly Reblochon cheese, given that the recipe was created to boost its sales. This is just a bland heap of potato smothered in cream. Foie gras brûlée with lobster sounds exciting, but it’s a mismatch of overly eggy, sweet crème brûlée with a few pieces of lobster on top, while the foie gras is lost among it all – the only thing that could make this dish more preposterous was if it was decorated with gold leaf. Smoked mozzarella with orange salad has very going for it, and only the eponymous signature dish is good: crispy confit duck on a waffle with a jug of mustardy maple syrup is a surprisingly tasty pairing.

Once we’re past front of house the service is terrible too; staff look straight through us when we call for attention, take away dishes even if we say we haven’t finished, and generally keep us waiting too long for everything. What once had the promise of being one of London’s most exciting restaurants has sadly become another gleaming façade with little to recommend it.


Leila reviewed Duck & Waffle on Wed 28 Jan 2015

"Duck & Waffle is great fun"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Everyone is raving about Duck & Waffle. The views from the top floor of the Heron Tower, round-the-clock opening hours, and their playful take on comfort food have made this one of the most talked about eateries of recent months.

It’s hard not to love the place from the moment we’re speedily ascending 40 floors in a glass lift, entranced by the twinkly lights of London viewed from a height of over 200 metres.

Unsurprisingly they’re doing a roaring trade, as they’re fully booked on two consecutive dates and when we finally get an available slot it’s not till 10 pm. A smart crowd fills the room, which has obligatory floor-to-ceiling windows, a mixture of sofa-booths and tables, and a partially exposed kitchen.

The menu is entirely composed of small plates (mostly priced between £5 and £12), with exciting, even unusual ingredients. We’re unsure what form the thinly sliced pig’s head is going to take, but it’s like the best, fattiest kind of mortadella, seasoned with salt and Amalfi lemon. Pig’s ears are cut finely, coated in a spicy rub and served in a paper bag, to be eaten like crisps. The foie gras all day breakfast, another ambitious dish, plonks salty bacon crisps, pan-fried foie gras and little balls of black pudding on a toasted brioche smeared with Nutella. And guess what? It works.

The most conventional dish we try is the duck egg en cocotte, a rich combo of baked egg, fleshy mushrooms, cream and truffle oil, served with doughy, piping hot house bread.

There are a couple of nags: the “duck & waffle” (crispy leg confit with duck egg and maple syrup) never arrives, and we wait over half an hour for the bill, but we’ve had too much fun to care. And if it’s this enjoyable before midnight, at 3 am it must be even more of a hoot.


Leila reviewed Duck & Waffle on Tue 16 Oct 2012


The Latest User Reviews of Duck & Waffle


User Rating: 10 / 10
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Gideon Hart
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I have to say that this is without a doubt, the best view in London. Forget the wheel, primrose hill, the shard etc... The view from the top of this beauty is just jaw-dropping. We had drinks in the bar first, great service and loads of room. Im a photographer at Gideon Hart Photography and am often asked to photograph pretty images of London. As you can imagine I spent most of the evening staring out the window. Can't wait to go back there again...did I mention the food is pretty amazing too...each dish looks like it's out of a magazine photo-shoot. Back there soon I hope!

User Rating: 9 / 10
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Andy, London
Added: Dec 2012
Portions are tiny, especially the starters. Probably best just to treat it as nibbles - ie an accompaniment for the drink and the breathtaking view, which is really what you go for - rather than anything substantial.
Service is very good. Efficient but unobtrusive.
Couldn't see any beer on the menu, which is a shame. Some of the food cries out for a good Belgian dubbel - Duvel?
Entrance is curiously anonymous - 70's glazed beige tiles line the pasage on the way in - but perhaps that's deliberate to heighten the contrast when you burst out into to almost 360 view

Name: Andy
Location: London

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