We had been to Duck and Waffle a while back for dinner and had a delicious meal. But I kept hearing from friends that brunch was the best meal, so when my friends Robert and Trevor told me they were visiting London from NY, I booked a table.
The restaurant is fun and is one of the few “restaurants with a view” that actually delivers when it comes to the food. A lot of them charge a fortune because of the setting but the food disappoints. Not in this case!
In the evening, the bar is lively and fun, but during the day, the views are fantastic.
What we ate:
House Bread with hand-churned butter / Puglian olive oil: Our waitress asked us if we wanted bread and we hesitated, but we had seen it going around the room, looking like a fresh from the oven pita look-alike bread so we decided to order it. Soooo glad we did! Probably the highlight of the meal as it was unexpectedly amazing. It comes piping hot and it is very flavourful, and the butter served with it is delicious and melts on the bread. It was so good that we ended up ordering a second portion later.
Yellowfin Tuna tartare with blood orange, pistachio, mustard: this was absolutely gorgeous. Large pieces of fresh red beautiful tuna tossed with blood orange segments, some pistachio for crunch and delicious spicy English mustard for some heat. Delicious and a must order. Tartares are everywhere but a great one is a rare find.
Dorset Crab: white & brown meat, English wasabi, pickled pepper and basil: My friend Trevor ordered this and I didn’t say anything but I don’t love English versions of crab, particularly when its brown dressed crab, which was half of this dish. The flavours are just too strong for me. The white crab was fresh and good but the overall dish to me was by far the weakest, or the only one we didn’t really like.
Grilled Asparagus with smoked buttermilk curd, dandelion, pickled walnuts: another somewhat “interesting” dish I don’t think I would order again. The asparagus was fresh and well-cooked but the sauce/dressing was too strong and hid the beauty of one of my favourite vegetables. The picked walnuts were just plain out odd, as they had a mushroom like texture and look to them.
Duck & Waffle: this is their signature dish with crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. We had this at dinner the previous time and had to order it again. Our friends of course really wanted to try it. The key on this dish is to eat all the components together. The duck on its own or the waffle can be a bit dry but the yolk adds creaminess and the maple adds sweetness and it all just works as one!
Colombian Eggs: organic scrambled eggs with green onions on toast with avocado and we chose smoked salmon (though you can have grilled chorizo instead). Most places would serve the salmon on the side but in this case they layer bread, avocado, salmon and then the amazingly creamy and delicious scrambled eggs on top of it all. This was probably my favourite dish!
‘Full Elvis: and for dessert we all decided to share the waffle with peanut butter, berries, bananas brûlée and chantilly cream. This was soooooo good and a huge portion that fed the four of us! The bananas were perfect and this dish made me realize how much I miss PB and banana and need to eat more of it! I ordered a side of cinnamon ice cream as I am an ice cream girl always over whipped cream but barely needed it as the cream just added texture and richness. The mixed berries were also a great touch and added some sourness to balance the sweetness of the PBJ. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
In sum: great place for brunch. Very well executed dishes and flat out delicious and creative, not to mention of course the amazing view.
Duck & Waffle http://duckandwaffle.com/
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
+44 203 640 7310
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