I think it’s safe to say that the Duck and Waffle is the most elevated dining experience that you can have in London! Located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, guests must take a ride in a glass lift which shoots up the glass-front of the building. If you are scared of heights be sure to be facing the lift doors because looking out onto London as you whizz up is as dizzying as you can imagine it to be.
We went specifically to chill out, revel in the view, and tuck into some dessert, so we didn’t order any mains. The restaurant itself is named after its signature dish, ‘duck and waffle’, which isn’t halal but it isn’t pork either, for those who don’t mind eating permitted meat.
We ordered the traditional bread and butter pudding (DEAR LORD), baked Alaska, and three scoops of ice cream. Ok let me tell you this now: the trip was worth it for the bread and butter pudding alone. UF. It was hands down an 11/10. Now I (S) have a sweet tooth and I appreciate that good white stuff (sugar), so I was literally, and taste bud-ly on cloud 9. We got our desserts to share between 3 so we kept dipping into each others plates, which was doable since the servings were generous. Baked Alaska isn’t my thing, but it was pretty to look at, and if you want a sugar fix, hey it has plenty of that. The ice cream options were good with peanut, brownie, and white peach sorbet on the list.
One of the best features about this place is that it’s open 24/7, so you can take a trip to the clouds any time of day. There is even a late night menu which is tailored to those late cravings that one often has. There are plenty of egg options which can be teamed up with avocado, and salmon for ultimate yumminess. The food in general is European/British so if you prefer a break from rice and spice, head here.
Although it’s definitely a place to get your glad rags on to go to, the Duck and Waffle has a laid back and chilled vibe. You don’t have to sit up straight and keep your elbows off the table like some higher-end restaurants we’ve been to. If you only go once, go at sunset and watch the sun go down over the city. Magic, I tell you, Magic.
TDM rating: 9