Duck & Waffle


As you’re reading this, I’m wrapping on a very quick, whirlwind trip to London and Paris. It may have been short, but I managed to spend nearly every second of it eating (as well as hitting the main attractions in London since this was my first visit).


My very first official meal in London was at Duck & Waffle, situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, offering a gorgeous view of the cityscape. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, which seems odd for such a prestigious restaurant, but it made it much easier for us to fit in a visit.

 

Duck and Waffle

I ordered their signature dish, consisting of a thick waffle, crispy duck confit and a fried duck egg. This reminded me much of the American Chicken and Waffles combination, but since I adore duck, it tasted so much better with the gamey protein. The confit here was delicious, crispy and moist. It didn’t quite match up to the duck confit I had in Paris at Chez Dumonet two years ago, but it was satisfying.

Traditional English Breakfast

Mr. K chose to order the traditional English breakfast which contains pork & herb sausage, two eggs, organic duroc bacon, grilled tomato, field mushroom, hash browns, Scottish black pudding and sourdough toast.

It was a hearty breakfast and he managed to polish off every last bite. I’m not sure how it stacks up with other English breakfasts as this ended up being the only time we had a chance to experience it, but he definitely enjoyed the quantity and the emphasis on meat. He also enjoyed the Scottish black pudding, which is basically a blood sausage. It’s an acquired taste and I’ve never been a fan of the pork blood flavor so I wasn’t as fond of this particular item.

Overall, we had a great first meal here. It is pricey, but so was just about everything in London. The views are absolutely amazing though and you ride up in an all glass high speed elevator. The ride on the way down made me shut my eyes though as we were dropping nearly as fast as an amusement park ride.

Pro Tip: It may be open 24/7, but make sure to book a reservation as this is a very popular destination.

Duck & Waffle
Heron Tower
110 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AY
+44 203 640 7310
http://duckandwaffle.com/

 

   

10 Responses to “Duck & Waffle”

  1. lilk — April 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    whirlwind trip means you couldnt stay for along time?
    doesnt matter you still got t go to londonUK and paris France!
    did you take the train from london to paris ?

    • Kirbie replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

      yes to all of the above

  2. J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — April 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

    So jealous you are in London! I ended up stopping in London because I missed a connection on the way home from Barcelona and even though I was only there for 2 days I fell in love with the city and can’t wait to go back. Its so charming.

    Don’t remember where I ate but we went to a underground bar in Soho that served their drinks in tea pots and tea cups, so British. Definitely buy the day metro pass and don’t be silly like me and keep buying the 5 pound single passes until you realize you are bankrupting yourself. The conversion rate of pounds to dollars is the one downside to London :/

    Can’t wait to see me of your travel pictures/meals :D

    • Kirbie replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

      I was so in love with the city too! Except for the conversion of prices and the finicky weather. Every morning was freezing and rainy, followed by some sporadic sun mixed with rain and clouds again.

  3. Sandy — April 30, 2014 at 6:32 am

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your trip, and have already put this place on the list for my next visit :-) We were in London last summer, and the exchange rate was slightly better then (about 1.5). On my previous trip 7 years ago, the exchange rate was 2.0; after a couple of days, I stopped calculating the dollar cost. And on my recent trip to New England, the weather was in the 40s and rainy; it was great to get back to warm SD even though it was only in the high 60s!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

      I tried to hit as many places as possible but I want to go back and eat at so many more. I stopped thinking about the conversion after a while…after all how often do I get to go to London? It was crazy to see that when we left the temp was 42 and then when we landed in SD in the evening it was 84! i didnt even know SD was going through a heat wave.

  4. caninecologne — April 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    i think my previous comment was lost in cyberspace!

    looking forward to your london/paris posts! how fun that you were able to go, even for just a short time!

    • Kirbie replied: — April 30th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      Oh i dont know what happened to your first comment! I am so glad to have experienced London. I def want to return soon!

  5. Mary — May 6, 2014 at 6:36 am

    How awesome and fun! The view looks fantastic and the food looks great, too. I like how the egg looks like it has a little crisp edge to it.

    • Kirbie replied: — May 6th, 2014 @ 9:11 am

      it was hard to tell it was a duck egg rather than chicken though, other than the color of the yolk is a bit darker. it was a fun meal though!

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