The food at Duck and Waffle is hard to categorise – it has French, British and Japanese elements, and the only pervading theme is the sheer richness of the food. Everything is very tasty, but it is certainly not a place for new year dieters. Situated on the 40th floor of the Heron tower, London’s 3rd tallest building, the views from the dining room are fantastic and I think Japanese tourists would pay £20 just to experience the ear-popping journey up to the restaurant in a glass walled elevator. We started with just about the only healthy thing on the menu – raw fish on a Himalayan salt brick, which was a tad twee, but very tasty. This was followed by pollack meatballs which were sublime – the fish was succulent with an undercurrent of tarragon, beautifully complemented by a lobster cream. For main course we had the famous Duck and Waffle – unfortunately the fried duck’s egg was slightly overdone but the confit leg was fantastic: the meat fell off the bone and we lapped up the mustardy maple syrup. The warm brownie also comes recommended.
Verdict: must visit, bring your camera.
Raw halibut with coriander leaves.
Pollack and tarragon meatballs with lobster cream and Parmesan.
Roasted octopus with chorizo, lemon and capers.
Duck and Waffle: confit duck leg, Belgian waffle, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
Warm chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream and crunchy caramel.