Duck & Waffle

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Duck & Waffle

There’s a dedicated entrance for the restaurants in Heron Tower, from where a glass lift will whizz you in seconds up to Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor, or its glitzier sibling Sushisamba two floors below. The views are, as you might expect, stunning – if you’re pointed in the right direction and, preferably, sitting at a window table (many of which are for two diners only). Alternatively, linger in the entrance bar, where you can press your nose against the glass and gawp unhindered. Food is an on-trend mix of small plates, raw offerings (oysters, ceviche) and a few main courses (including roast chicken and the namesake duck confit and waffle). Our dishes ranged widely, from the spot-on (three dense pollock balls in creamy lobster sauce) to bonkers (who thought it a good idea to combine beetroot chunks with watery goat’s curd and sticky knobs of honeycomb crisp?). Prices are as sky-high as the setting; it cost £8 for a harissa-tinged herdwick mutton slider that was undoubtedly tasty, but came unadorned and vanished in a mouthful. Desserts of cold rice pudding, and chocolate brownie sundae, were better (and bigger). Service wavered between keen and offhand. Another downer: all that glass, plus marble and wood tables and a low ceiling (with yellow ‘waffle’ design) mean the acoustics are terrible. D&W is open 24/7, so breakfast or late-night snacks are further possibilities.

 

Venue name: Duck & Waffle
Contact:
Address: 40th Floor
110 Bishopsgate
London
EC2N 4AY
Cross street: Heron Tower
Opening hours: Breakfast served 6-10.30am, lunch served 11.30-3.30pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served 9am-3.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5.30pm-11pm, limited menu served midnight-6am daily
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Dishes £17-£38
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Charly Lester
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moderatorStaff Writer

The crazy waiting list is a shame, but the views are fantastic, and it's a really fun spot.  The lift isn't for those with extreme vertigo - it almost felt like a roller coaster as it plummeted to the ground at the end of the night!  The signature dish is delicious, despite sounding so odd.  Food is extremely rich, so you'll need less than you think.  Considering the hype and location, it's not as expensive as you expect.

Leah
Tastemaker

Having heard mixed reviews about the quality of the food at Duck and Waffle, I was under the impression that our lunch was going to be more of an experience than a gourmet feast. I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised! D&W does three things well – service, views and food:

The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive. We were celebrating a birthday and had lots of well wishes from every person that we passed, the staff genuinely seemed happy and knowledgeable about the food.

We had a small hiccup with the view initially. One of the blinds was stuck in the closed position in the window in front of our table, but the waiter did all he could to get it fixed and soon enough we were able to enjoy London’s skyline.

The menu was so full of delicious sounding dishes that it was hard to pick what to have. We definitely over-ordered so that we could share dishes and try a bit of everything, I think it’s safe to say we all left feeling full and happy! Personal favourites included the seared octopus, coal roasted beetroot and the miso glazed rabbit. The signature dish of duck and waffle was tasty enough, but it wasn't top of my list.

Overall I’d say if you’re doing more than one course it is on the expensive side for a lunch, but it’s a great option for a treat, and very impressive for visitors to London.

Tara P
Tastemaker

I was lining myself up for disappointment at Duck and Waffle. This 40th floor restaurant in the Heron Tower gets mixed reviews, with fans kissing its proverbial feet and nay-sayers criticising its food and value proposition. Booking two months in advance for a Birthday Sunday Brunch, I was sure to arrive in plenty of time to the reservation. The lift ride to the top was ear popping yet fun, and the restaurant's design is interesting. I found the door staff fairly cold, but not in a way that negatively affected our experience, though it may bother some people. On a gorgeous day, the view is stunning and worth the hassle of booking. We got a wonderful table by the window with a view of the Gherkin. I tried the cherry waffles and the signature duck and waffle. I was underwhelmed with my cherry concoction - there was too much overpowering cream and not enough cherry deliciousness. However, my date enjoyed the duck combo and we were both satisfied with the portion sizes. Our waiter was friendly, we felt unrushed and following a little note on the booking form they brought my boyfriend a little happy birthday treat, which was a great touch. The extras add up - even without alcohol our 1 1/2 course brunch bill came to £55 - but if it's a sunny day and a special treat then it overwhelmingly seems worth it. We had a fantastic time and have some brilliant memories from this rather special - if not quite perfect - place.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

Next time someone cool from out of town comes to stay, take them here for a splurge on breakfast. Don't even think about ordering fruit, just get the signature dish. I didn't think I was fussed about duck but the confit and the addition of sweet maple mustard sauce gives the most delicious taste to a waffle I have ever had. Glutards will be pleased to know that all waffles can be made gluten free. Service was great. Don't be put out by the dress code. You are paying for the view, but the food helps - and breakfast (or a 3am snack) is relaxed enough to take your time and enjoy.

Mimi B
tastemaker

This would be 5 if I hadn’t had to spend half of my monthly earnings for this meal, although that may be the fault of my excitable greed. Still, £17 for a duck-loaded waffle is a lot. Further still, I would have definitely paid double that. Stupid money, ruining my duck-ing meal. This is only hindsight, however, which offers me this guilt- at the time I was just like, ‘DUCK (waffle) DUCK DUCK HERE IS MY BANK CARD TAKE MY YUM YUM DUCK’. And then there is a (DUCK) egg on my (DUCK) leg. Oh man, you just have to go. Service is amazing, views are glorious and wine is cheaper in the restaurant.

elladacas
tastemaker

Let's get straight to point here..no messing around..

You're paying for the view. There I said it. Yes the food is alright but nothing to write home about. The prices they're charging for average food is simply because you're consuming it from such heights. I had the almighty duck and waffle itself and found the whole meal lacking in ommpff ..

It was well cooked but for £17 I could eat in nicer places with even better food.

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

Duck and waffle situated near the top of the imposing heron tower has a fantastic view across the city. Really recommend going up on a sunny day. Even the 2 private lifts up offer a great view

I would never be able to afford a full dinner menu at this place but can afford to splash out on a lovely breakfast
Bf and I have tried to book on a weekend at a reasonable hour however it gets very booked up very quickly and quite far in advance
We work in the city so decided to book a few days in advance for an early breakfast (it's open 24:7) at 8am
We got a seat by the window with a beautiful view on a blue skied summer morning
It was gorgeous and a great start to the morning
We both ordered a latte which was tasty and then had a look at the breakfast menu
My bf ordered the famous duck n waffle which looked amazing and he really enjoyed it. I tried the duck and it was good
I got a sweet waffle with rhubarb and ice cream and it was sooo good
Overall quite an expensive breakfast but it's worth it for the view and the food also service good
Will definitely go again for a special breakfast as a few good looking waffles that are new on the menu! 
Definitely recommend even tho pricey

ELI
Staff Writer

The Duck & Waffle (the dish)  is actually amazing. I didn't expect to like it so much. And the restaurant itself is pretty cool. Staff were great and really looked after our birthday girl. This is a great place to take visitors to London, the views in all directors are some of the best in London. We picked the perfect time and saw a stunning sunset. Bar is a great option for a post work drink too 

Soso T
tastemaker

It's been a while since I've been here and it's still hard to get a booking! Waking up early for breakfast on a Sunday... I'm not sure if it was worth it. Either my expectations have gone up or this place has dropped theirs. The duck was overdone and dry, the waffle was hard and the egg was rubbery. The only thing which remained the same were the amazing panoramic views. Then again I used to come here after a night of clubbing when we were hungry and intoxicated, so maybe I'm remembering wrong. Either way, I don't think I will be coming back anytime soon. Thumbs up for being accessible though.

Yelly G
tastemaker

Really clever menu with an interesting mix of flavours and ingredients. The signature dish, Duck & Waffle, is a must! Prices are high but to be expected given the quality of food (although portions often on the small side), attentive service and stunning view. Bar is super busy, so be prepared to hover if you want to have a pre-dinner cocktail!

Liz G
tastemaker

I was desperate to try the Duck & Waffle, and my new boyfriend took me for my 30th birthday. I was treated like a princess, the staff were amazing from the moment we arrived and had saved us the best table right by the window (which is not recommended if you are scared of heights!) Our meal was flawless and the wine was fantastic. Really lovely treat and not expensive for London prices!

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

bacon wrapped dates linguiça, Manchego, mustard

foie gras crème brûlée butter roasted lobster, toasted brioche

baked haddock lobster cream, Parmesan crumble

spicy ox cheek doughnut apricot jam, smoked paprika sugar

duck & waffle crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup

Just to list a few of the items on the menu. The crispness of the bacon and the combination of the sweet and savoury, also applied to many other signature dishes. Foie gras creme brûlée is deliciously creamy and seems to almost melt in the mouth. Haddock in lobster cream is another pot of magic. Deeply satisfying flavours, it's hard to pick a favourite.

Location is incredible, and the fact that they are open 24 hours, you can come and enjoy both the sunset and the sunrise over London. Drinks are well balanced and tasty, service is attentive, decor is beautiful and attracts a good crowd. If you haven't been, you're missing out!

Shona R
Tastemaker

I think this place is worth a visit just for the novelty.  If you try and go at a regular brunch time you'll probably find it hard to get a booking, but since they serve breakfast 24h, you can avoid the crazy waiting list by choosing slightly different times!


The views are amazing.  the food is delicious AND not as expensive as you'd expect.  and the PBJ waffles are to die for!


Don't try and go in a large group.  In fact, only groups of 2 get seated next to the windows.

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

Anyone who lives or has been to London knows this place is amazing place for breakfast with wonderful views above London no matter the weather or the time of day. I went a Friday morning before work for breakfast with a friend and it was an amazing and delicious way to begin the day (and the weekend). My friend tried the duck and waffle and it was amazing but my choice, the eggs Benedict with waffle instead of bread were truly delicious as well. Prices are similar to other breakfast places, maybe slightly higher. The service is great and fast and the menu is superb. I have already booked a table for brunch on a Sunday afternoon in April and I can't wait. Do book in advance and don't be surprised if you don't find anything for the next month. Give it a try to walk in as they tend to keep tables for that. I've been also for a cocktail and it wasn't as good, please don't try the non-alcoholic choice, it was bad.

Annabel-Zoe
Tastemaker

With tasty food, stunning London views and excellent service, I could never tire of this place and its open 24/7! Set on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, Duck & Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK, serving unorthodox (but insanely good) European plates. A glass lift takes you to the top of the tower, so you can appreciate the view all the way up before entering the bar area. During the day it’s flooded with natural light and by night, colourful lights illuminate the beautiful blue and white patterned tiled floor, wood panelled ceiling and graffiti design walls. The dining room design is more low-key than the bar, but both have floor to ceiling windows to admire the views.


The menu varies slightly for breakfast, brunch and late night, but signature dishes are available all day. My favourites are…

Foie gras crème brûlée served with a pork crackling brioche

Duck & waffle served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup

Spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam and smoked paprika sugar

Roasted octopus with chorizo, baby potato and pickled cucumber


Closely followed by…

‘Bananas brûlée’ Belgian waffle withhomemade nutella, vanilla ice cream and peanut crunch

Wild Cornish pollock meatballs with lobster cream and parmesan


The cocktails are also very unique with Chocolate & Blue Cheese Martinis and Marmite Black Velvets, which were well made and interesting, however, I would say if you enjoy cocktails because they mask the strong taste of alcohol, these are probably not for you!


Dee
Tastemaker

It is one of those hyped up places in London, and it lives up to its hype! Since the day we could finally make a reservation for a decent weekend brunch time months ago, i had been dreaming about this brunch. The whole experience is amazing: you start with taking a fast elevator ride up to 40th floor with London's hustle getting smaller and smaller in front of your eyes, you step out and it is a nicely decorated hallway with cool blue and white tiles(hello, shoe selfies). You pass the bar and they lead you into the dining room in the back which was smaller than i thought it would be. They first sat us a two-people table in the middle of the room, but  they must've seen me looking at  the 'date' table by the window with puppy eyes that they came back to seat us there if we wanted. We jumped up from our seats with joy before the waitress finished her sentence. We ordered the bread with olive oil, duck and waffle, the colombian eggs and sour cherry waffles from the menu, because we had to make it worth the wait! The bread was fresh out of the oven, still hot, went well with the olive oil and buttered. Then came the magnificent duck and waffle; and my colombian eggs with chorizo. Duck and waffle didn't live long and colombian eggs were a good change from the usual breakfast dishes. Finally we got the cherry waffles, the texture of the waffles were so light and fluffy and the cherries worked well with the yogurt ice-cream. We all enjoyed this watching East London and Canary Wharf from our seats and it was wonderful. I can't wait to go back.

HerFavFood
Tastemaker

It seems that London is a city that doesn’t sleep, but instead flocks to Duck & Waffle in its masses at 4am in the morning.


I should have known from the struggle it was to find a table for a group of people at the dead of night that this wasn’t going to be a quite meal. Instead when the glass elevator had whooshed us up to Heron Tower's 40th floor, we walked into a bar and restaurant which was pumping high volume electro tunes into a space which was absolutely packed with people.


Of course the views here are stunning and it was with the lights of London twinkling below us that we were given the Late Night Menu to order from. This contained a good mix of sharing plates, breakfast dishes, sweet dishes and an immensely tempting list of cocktails.


Duck & Waffle would call itself the UK's first high-end restaurants to stay open 24 hours and judging by the fact that every table was occupied there certainly is a market for this. I’ve also had brunch here at a more civilised hour and it seems to be a much more relaxed setting at that time of day.


The experience of dining at Duck &Waffle at 4am added an amazing end to a lovely evening. If only it wasn’t for the blaring music pumping out at us we may have had the energy to make a bit more conversation around the table.

Laurala
Tastemaker

A restaurant with a great view and some delicious waffles. That's about it really. The brunching experience throughout felt very impersonal, almost as if we weren't welcome there. The food itself was good, although very much overpriced, especially with the cocktails (15 pounds for an average Bloody Mary). Go for the signature Duck&Waffle dish.

Izzy K
Tastemaker

Judging by the glass corporate building, I was expecting a formal and stiff place, but it was very friendly and quite informal, the stuff was fun to chat to.


We ordered breads to start with violet artichokes and parmesan and another with guanciale & welsh goat cheese and both were a great start. 


As for the mains, all my fellow companions went for the signature dish: duck & waffle and the loved it.

I ordered Jerusalem Artchokes Ravioli and brussels sprouts with orange and walnuts on a side, which were both great. Ravioli were filled up with creamy cheese (didn’t a trace of the caramelised cauliflower, though) and sprinkled with fried Jerusalem artichokes and truffle. It was very delicious and satisfying dish.              


We tried a selection of cocktails to start with, with me testing the oddest one on the menu: Chocolate & Blue Cheese Martini. It was an interesting flavour, but I can’t say it was a pleasant drink.


It was gloomy day but still, the view from the 40th floor and the lift ride compensate for all potential faults (like serving a wrong cocktail and then make you wait another 15 minutes for another).  


If you really want to come here, it’s much easier to book lunch; the waiting list for the dinners is quite long. 

Joss B
Tastemaker

Im sorry to say that this was one of the worst dining experiences I had in a long time. While the food is very good - though lacking something and the foie gras creme brulee is sickeningly sweet, the service was frankly atrocious. There was no one to greet you on arrival and you had to make your way through the bar to find the hostess for the restaurant, who then wasn't there. When one finally turned up she far from charming and helpful, making a point to let us know what a fantastic favor she was doing us by looking up our reservation, a job that took 10 minutes and then a further 5 for us to be seated despite our table being ready. The waitress was better and perfectly nice, but other than take our order and then bring food did nothing in the way of actually looking after us and plates waited for some time to be cleared.

Isabelly
Tastemaker

You have to have to have to book a table here for 5am in the morning - well booking might not be required at this time, but watching the sunrise whilst you're literally sitting in the clouds is beyond amazing. In terms of brunch options, my recommendation is to order the duck and waffle (ALWAYS have to order the namesake dish) and then the sweet waffles with homemade Nutella and caramelized banana - to share between two if you're not a complete glutton like me. Whilst you're there. please taste the Marmite and champagne cocktail. This drink literally cured my mother's vertigo.

Alex H
Tastemaker

I went here recently with my family for brunch for my brothers birthday. I found booking the restuarant online very difficult, however when I rang 3 weeks in advance, I was able to get a table easily.

First impression, the view is amazing! The lift was very speedy and Immediately the view was fantastic.

I had requested a window table. We were put in a booth which had a brilliant view of the gherkin. I realised however, even if you are sat in the middle of the restuarant, the views are still good.

The restuarant  has a brilliant atmosphere. Very 'buzzy'. There was good music playing and every table was full. I loved the open plan layout and view of the kitchen. Our waiter,  Jamie was very helpful and accommodating.

I ordered the duck and waffle. A delicious waffle topped with leg of duck, fried duck egg and maple syrup. Wonderful.

The others ordered the all mighty full elvis pancakes, full English,  Colombian eggs and duck egg en cocotte Everyone was very happy. The portions were generous.

The cocktail list looked wonderful, however we went for teas and coffees.

I felt you pay for the food and the experience  which are both worth it.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a must to people visiting London.  I am planning soon to go back for cocktails and to try sushi samba which looked just as fantastic when we had a quick look.

Charles D

Didn't get to eat as my friend and I were told we'd have to wait an hour before even getting on the waiting list. Opted for a cocktail at the bar, both of which were appalling. The ristretto negroni is an abomination I'm sorry to say, truly foul.


However, the saving grace were a couple of portions of the crispy pigs ears. Smokey and crunchy, coupled with the views, just about brought me back round. I will try D&W again, but I'm not desperate to rush back.

Rosie A
moderatorModerator

I love Duck and Waffle. It's the place I always bring people when they are visiting from outside London. The views are amazing (see my pics) and the food is just delicious. Must recommend the bacon wrapped dates, the actual duck and waffle, and the artisan breads to share are off the charts. The staff are friendly and good at making recommendations, and the wine list is stellar. I've heard a lot of people say they've struggled to get a table here, but the place is open 24h! Just come at a ridiculous time and you won't have a problem. It's also a complete riot (in a fun way) after midnight - worth it just for people watching. 

lordbryanofkent

Popped up here for a few cheeky late night cocktails and a few sharing plates. Enough has already been written about the location, the lift ride up, the panoramic views. Besides, I’m a little vertiginous so it wasn’t the most comfortable of experiences but I can’t disagree that it’s a great place to watch the views and the City below you. So a cocktail or two to start – now I do like a friendly bartender and here is no exception. It just makes you feel a bit welcome and puts you at ease when you can at least have a little badinage with the guy and let him guide you through the drinks menu, which he was more than happy to do. We started with a Marmite Black Velvet which went down very well, but a little sweet so just the one was enough before moving through the menu. My “co-eater”, let’s call her Miss C for now, can be a little querulous on cocktail ingredients but all fine there too I think. We then moved through to eat and shared a few plates. Now I tend to prefer a simple menu with good ingredients cooked well and I did think on first blush there was a risk the menu was a little too ‘frilly’, with the likes of pig cheek and foie gras crème brulee. But I take this back, we chose amongst others the spicy ox-cheek doughnut and coal-charred aubergine which were both superb. And Miss C, who incidentally was on rather good form herself, picked the dish of the night with bacon wrapped dates. In short, the drinks, food, atmosphere and location were difficult to fault. But most importantly the real litmus test for me on whether I return is the service, which was friendly, welcoming, attentive and not pretentious in any way which sometimes these venues can be. In all, a very enjoyable experience and, not wanting to come over all Schwarzenegger but…I’ll be back.



Olivier Van Laer

Duck and Waffle offers surprising interpretations of traditional breakfast classics next to its signature "duck and waffle" which i kinda oblige you to take. The dishes are pricey, but the portions are big and the view is worth paying for. Only negative aspect are the breakfast cocktails … definitely not worth £14.

Jenny

Terrible service experienced in here. Have been twice and first time was okay, but nothing special, but yesterday the security guard and manager were incredibly rude. I asked for a name and address to complain to but they refused to give me anything and actually called the police! Couldn't beleive they thought it was okay to waste precious police time because someone asked for a name and address to complain to. Great views but the staff are extremly lacking in my opinion. Really disappointed as I have spent over £300 in this place over two visits but staff are cranky, grumpy and don't understand the concept of customer service.

juliette

Based on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower, with possibly some of the best views of London. Breakfast is served untiil 10.30 am and is reasonably priced. Fruit or Waffles from only £3.50 or a full English breakfast. The signature dish is of course the duck and waffle which is beautifully presented. I took my husband for breakfast on his 50th birthday as I wanted somewhere he would remember. He wasnt disappointed. The sun was shining and we could see the Olympic Park, Tower of London, and even Wembley and beyond. Booking is recommended.

Peter

Heard about Duck & Waffle for quite a while now so was really excited to check it out! After dinner (at about 11pm), a small group of us decided to head up to Duck & Waffle for a few cocktails/snacks. When we first got there, we were rudely told that no one is allowed to just have a drink at the bar (although it was a Monday night and clearly empty). The waiter was extremely rude and at one point said "I know I seem like a dick but there really isn't anything I can do." Eventually, we were able to get in (but could only order desserts and wine - not cocktails). The view was amazing. However, the staff seemed confused, unprofessional at times and genuinely quite rude. I understand that it's the new 'it place' to go to in London but the management team at Duck & Waffle really need to reconsider the way its staff approaches the customers. I definitely would not go back again.

Anna

Have been on hold for half an hour now... Not v good on the phones!

Kate

...Obviously did NOT mean for that last review to be 5 stars. 1 star is because of the greg view.

Sella

Amazing food. Amazing view. Great service and reasonable! Would highly recommend it.

Sarah

Views amazinggggg.. Food, interesting and actually good value for money.. Service, omg so bad.. So so so badd.. Really spoilt the whole experience.. Its as if they've employed people based on how lazy they are, or may be they provide service based on a certain threshold of spending, beats me!!! Didn't even go while it was busy *grrr* Still, despite that.. Its worth a visit

Anon

Breath taking views, amazing cocktails and fabulous concept royally ruined by incompetent staff - who sat us down late, with little apology, we had to ask for menus, to order drinks and they managed to miss items off our order. When chased an apology seemed hard work. The manager made good by making allowances off our bill but then preceded to forget our order of wine – almost laughable! Having been to Sushi Samba and had impeccable service I was shocked! Id pay the extra and go there next time!

Anna

Every dish is absolutely delicious and creative associations of ingredients will surprise you. Go for a late lunch and watch the view change as the night comes. Have a cocktails looking down at the City later at the bar.

Torie

Went for my husbands birthday, and although the food wasn't amazing, the concept and creativity behind it was great! The service was fantastic and all the stuff friendly and helpful, and eger to please. The view is breathtaking! I'm sure if it's possible to go just for drinks, I would however love to just sit back admire the view and sip on a cocktail!

anon

Amazing food amazon views. Great ambiance. Strongly recommend it.

Gavin

Really excellent lunch, the food was tasty, view outstanding and the price was reasonable.

Sarah

Amazing, yes simple but very clever! Very good food, nice restaurant and great, friendly service... did I miss something, aww yes, the view. Brilliant place!

Dave c

Innovative food, great service, and the best view of the best city in the world. Makes you proud to be in London.

Chrissie F
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Food was delicious...we hadn't booked but the staff were so helpful in finding us a table would definitely recommend...