Perched high above Liverpool St, financial and fashionable types come together to eat in one of London’s most hyped new restaurants: Duck & Waffle. Though while you might think this will be a passing gimmick, the quality of the food (and service) says that it might be around longer than some expected. The cooking at Duck & Waffle is very strong, with a bistro-style menu that has been innovatively elevated by a talented team. They show how a concept restaurant can really deliver the goods.
Even though some may find the dishes a bit on the rich side, this is a bistro, and bistro isn’t meant to serve light food. But if that’s what you want, you’ve got Sushi Samba two floors down. That said, there are some lighter options on the menu too, such as the delicate yellow fin tuna, presented on a block of Himalayan salt with watermelon. D&W’s mainstay is its traditional, creamy cuisine, which is a pleasure for the eyes and the nose.
The smoked chilli braised pigs’ cheeks are a perfect example of this, served in a luscious cheesy polenta. It may look simple, but it’s incredibly full of flavour and the cheeks couldn’t be cooked better.
The pollock meat balls with a lobster sauce are absolutely sublime as well. A clever play on a French classical – quenelle de brochet Nantua – with bread crumbs giving it some extra texture. The fish is lifted by a deep lobster velouté and completed with an exotic twist of rose peppercorns. It’s so good that you might even be tempted to order a second serving.
And of course there is the signature dish, the famous confit duck, waffle and fried duck egg. While the quality of the plump Rhug Estate meat is unquestionable, the vegetarian version, served with pearl barley, trompette mushrooms and goats’ curd is every bit as good.
For dessert, don’t miss this impressive take on a crêpe Suzette, in the form of a sponge pudding. This is so good it should never be taken off the menu. The combination of the Grand Marnier custard and the moist orange flecked pudding is just wonderful.
And oh, the other thing is… the views are quite good too! But what makes them even better is the fact that you can take them in while eating some creative food made with real passion.