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Duck & Waffle Local

Restaurants, Contemporary European St James’s
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Duck & Waffle Local
Venue says Introducing afternoon tea! Enjoy a selection of chef-curated bites for our twist on the traditional afternoon tea. Monday to Friday, 2-5pm.

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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.

Duck & Waffle Local says
Duck & Waffle Local is a chef-curated, fast casual restaurant featuring a menu inspired by its signature dish — the Duck & Waffle — complemented by the highest quality, freshest ingredients.

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.

Details

Address: James’s Market
52 Haymarket
London
SW1Y 4RP
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £65.
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Users say (10)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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tastemaker

A more accessible and easily booked sister restaurant of the popular Duck & Waffle in the city skyscraper. Similar menu with slightly cheaper prices and a more convenient central location. As always, the duck and waffle itself is a must try dish! The duck doughnut is a great starter option.

tastemaker

My favourite thing about Duck and Waffle local is that its not got a month long waiting list like the original duck and waffle and you can literally get a table in minutes! Its definitely a more relaxed atmosphere but the staff are just as attentive and the food is just as delicious! If you're keen to sample what sort of flavours this place has then I definitely recommend you check this place out before booking the famous Duck and Waffle! I guarantee you won't be disappointed and plenty of choice if you're vegetarian!

tastemaker

The Famous Duck & Waffle... on a whim!


I've heard many a great things about the famous Duck & Waffle, but with waiting lists stretching months I've never quite got around to going... That was until this little beaut popped up on Haymarket! 


Its literally half the price of its Big Brother and 3 of us walked straight in off the street with no Reservation! We all went for the obvious choice: Duck & Waffle, The duck fell off the bone, the Waffle was light and airy, the egg was cooked to precision and the syrup was like drinking heaven! at only £15 for the dish this really was a treat. We also opted for a side salad and Broccoli to share which was added some colour to this naughty meal!


The dessert menu isn't extensive and it's more waffle... but if you're feeling indulgent go for the Brownie :)


The cocktails were a little disappointing and at £9 a pop very small! I had the breakfast Fizz, which had a bizarre but delicious burnt toast taste!


The venue is big, spacious, quirky and the service was on point. If you want the experience of the food without the dazzling views, head down to Haymarket! 

Tastemaker

Now you can enjoy Duck and Waffle even if you are afraid of heights with the opening of Duck and Waffle local a couple of months back. This place seems relaxed and cool setting with a mix of seating at the bar and at tables. Obviously I opted for their signature dish and it was scrumptious. Prices are lower here, you’re not paying for the view over here after all, but Piccadilly Circus and theatre land are within close proximity.Will be back to try some more of their menu.

tastemaker

If you haven't tried the famous Duck & Waffle dish yet, this is probably your fastest bet. I've been to the original restaurant in the City but had to make a reservation about two months prior to going. On the other hand, for Duck & Waffle Local, my friend and I simply walked in on a weekday afternoon and were lucky enough to get a table right away! 


The space of the restaurant is quite large, but there weren't too many tables in there. This was nice because it felt spacious, along with the large glass window walls and the high ceiling. The service was also pretty good, as our food didn't take long to arrive after ordering and our waitresses were very approachable. They were constantly refilling our glasses with water and ensured we had enough condiments with the fries we ordered. 


Between my friend and I, we simple shared two dishes and a side:


1. Duck & Waffle - Well, of course. What would a trip here be without trying their signature dish? Just as I had it at the original restaurant, this version was equally delicious. The duck had a crispy skin, the meat was cooked well and flavourful, and the special maple syrup was delicious! The serving size seemed slightly smaller though, not sure if that's the case but it felt a tad lighter than the original one. 


2. Duck Burger - This was really interesting because of the crunchy crushed ramen pieces in it! I really liked this addition, as it gave the burger an added crunch and worked well with the other ingredients in the burger. The sauce used was also really good, it added a touch of sweetness to it! The burger was also really juicy, with juices dripping from the very first bite. 


3. Duck Fat Fries - How could this not be good? Cooked in duck fat made them really crispy and golden on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. They also came tossed in what I think is seaweed flakes, which was again, a great and unique touch! I thought it added the perfect level of saltiness to the fries and made them really interesting. These went great with the mayonnaise and ketchup that came with it. 


Overall, it was another great experience at Duck & Waffle! I liked that I didn't have to make a reservation and still managed to get a table, given that the other restaurant is much more demanding. This Local branch also obviously has a more convenient location in Soho, which is ideal! 


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!

Tastemaker

Booking 2 months in advance is no longer needed to get your hands on the food from Duck and Waffle. Though having said that, the 2 months wait previously was worth it, because the food here is great!

The duck burger is hands down one of my favourite burgers in London. It has everything going for it from its incredible flavour to the texture of the skin, and the crunchy noodles crushed into it. Seriously, even for the burger alone it’s worth it

Add in the other famous dishes like the doughnut, the duck and waffle (which is slightly underwhelming to be honest), and the waffle desserts and this place is SORTED. 

The veggie dishes are also pretty on form, with what sounded like a simple salad turning out to be pretty fab as well!

Tastemaker

If I was only reviewing the food, I would give it 4 or 5 stars, but unfortunately the service at Duck & Waffle Local brings it down to a 2. The menu is obviously very heavy on duck dishes but there are also salad and sweet waffle sections on the menu. Prices are slightly cheaper than the ordinal Duck & Waffle as you are not paying for a view at the Local. I had a full Elvis sweet waffle (£7) which was great and then a beetroot salad (£8). This ended up being more than I could finish, which for £15 I thought was good value. Our coffee order got mixed up and we ended up getting luke warm coffee when it finally arrived. I had ordered filter coffee which for £4 was supposed to be bottomless. I was never even offered a top up. My boyfriend got an americano which was also charged as £4 which didn’t make much sense as a latte only cost £3.50. We had to ask at least four times for out water to be refilled and when we asked if we could just keep a carafe on the table we were told that this wasn’t allowed. Duck & Waffle Local doesn’t take reservations and it was easy to get in on a Saturday at 2pm. This is quite handy, as the original Duck & Waffle books up months in advance. If only the service had been better, I would have kept this place in mind for future pre-theatre meals.

Tastemaker

Duck and Waffle has always been one of my favourite restaurants in London but it has always been hard to get a table because of their popularity, So when I heard they were opening a new venue near Piccadilly Circus, I was ecstatic. The new venue is more approachable with a take-away cafe style, with cocktails on tap,  menu on chalk boards; you order at the cashier and then are seated. The new menu includes some of the classics like duck&waffle with some new duck dishes like the duck burger -which is great- and some fancy veggie dishes like lentils. The sweet waffles now come as ice cream in waffle cones with the usual toppings. It is a great place to visit if you love all things duck.