Duck & Waffle Local
Time Out says
A casual offshoot of the duck-centric restaurant, Duck & Waffle.
The original Duck & Waffle, which is at the top of a skyscraper, is famous for flashy views and flashy prices. With this more casual offshoot, they’re keeping the duck-centric menu but bringing things down to earth. At the bottom of a considerably shorter building on Haymarket, the menu is broadly half the price, and the most glamorous thing you can see through the window is the entrance to Tiger Tiger. On the inside, it’s almost like a big, shiny, red spaceship (which I loved).
The cheap(er) food would be a cause for celebration if much of it wasn’t so awful. Two dishes got the thumbs up: bacon-wrapped dates and a duck burger that came topped with crispy noodles. On the negative side, seared into my memory were a rubbery pork bao and a completely bland Vietnamese noodle salad. Worst of all, though, was the service: the entire order arrived at once (there wasn’t even room for it all on the table) and then the pudding, ordered later, didn’t arrive at all. Only go if you’re feeling patient. And stick to the burger.
In the heart of St. James’s Market right off Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street, Duck & Waffle Local is the perfect foodie destination for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Conveniently located near the West End, the restaurant is also perfect for a pre-theatre or post-theatre meal.
Offering a deliciously diverse menu to satisfy both your sweet and savoury cravings, the menu includes highlights such as the crave-worthy Big “Quack” Burger, the decadent Full Elvis buttermilk waffle, and of course the namesake Duck & Waffle dish. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-conscious? No problem! With our wide range of mouthwatering small and large plates to choose from, we are always happy to make recommendations based on guests’ palates and preferences.
In addition to the All Day menu, the restaurant serves up weekday breakfast and an indulgent weekend brunch. Whether you want to kick start the day or reboot after a late night, our brunch menu with innovative twists on brunch classics has something for everyone.
Happy Hour is available at the bar Monday to Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the lip-smacking Duck Fat Fries as you sip on a Seasonal Spritz, or go with our take on the classic Bloody Mary featuring a local spice concentrate as you munch on the savory Bacon Wrapped Dates.
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £65.|
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Users say (10)
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It is very exciting indeed that D&W have offered up a more accessible, much less intimidating and much more affordable option for us commoners. Conveniently located near London's theatre-land, this is quite rightly claimed to be a good pre-theatre option: service is fast and efficient, and you don't even need to book (although now that you can, why wouldn't you?).
Food is simply delicious. We opted to try literally everything on the menu that involved duck - the tongues were the only thing we struggled with a bit (they're too tongue-y, if you catch my drift: delicious in flavour but bony and soft at the same time. It's not my cuppa). However, the foie gras creme brulee was a true showstopper, combining sweet and savoury taste with soft and crunchy texture with perfect toast. The duck donut with marmalde was quite tasty but it's truly MASSIVE, and the dough itself isn't very exciting. The duck/marmalade pairing works like a treat though. The mains are the best, however - both the duck burger and duck&waffle classic dish impressed.
Service was efficient, the food came quick as did the cocktails on tap (with burnt toast infusion! Mmm). One thing I'm not a fan of is this 'food comes in random order' rule, because our mains came way too early and we struggled to sort our priorities. But all in all the meal compensated for it, and I had a lovely time. Would love to come back!