If there’s one restaurant you probably don’t need me to review again is Duck and Waffle, but I will because this restaurants deserves all the accolades. It is one of my favourite restaurants in London after all.
I have already written about it three times: my first visit for breakfast on my birthday, Sunday brunch with my parents and a special visit to taste their doughnut croissants last summer. But I cannot refrain myself from sharing photos of the lunch I had this week when I was invited to celebrate Duck and Waffle’s 2nd anniversary.
Congratulations to Duck & Waffle for two successful years in the business and for consistently offering fantastic food, drinks and service.
I had lunch there on Wednesday with my Instagram friends Tim ClerkenwellBoy, Chris AllThingsMeaty and Nuvola Little Bakery. We shared quite a few different dishes as you will see: old favourites and new menu additions.
We started with bbq-spiced crispy pig ears (served in a paper bag) and oysters, sea trout gribiche and scotch bhadji.
The Anglo-indian dish (scotch egg meets onion bhadji) served with cauliflower, lime pickle and caramelised onion yogurt was delicious and representative of what Duck & Waffle offers: classic dishes revisited with original flavour combinations.
Duck & Waffle makes bread so well that they have a section of the menu dedicated to it. We loved the spicy ‘nduja and gruyère bread.
We continued the lunch with the delicious bacon wrapped dates (as Chris said, you could just keep eating these all day), the baked beetroot with goat’s curd, roasted octopus with chorizo and foie gras crème brûlée.
Are you still with me? Our lunch was not over yet, actually my favourite dishes were still yet to come.
The star of the lunch was obviously the restaurant’s signature dish duck and waffle: duck leg and duck egg on a waffle with maple syrup. It’s spectacular!
If that wasn’t enough to impress us, the puddings really stole the show: pistachio & dark chocolate macaroon sandwich; vanilla baked alaska with mulled pears (I had never eaten baked alaska it before but Nuvola said this was the best she ever had); torrejas with maple caramel apples and cinnamon ice cream. If you have never tasted this dessert, I urge you to go to Duck & Waffle asap and order one.
The restaurant was also celebrating the release of the book “Duck & Waffle: Recipes and stories” by Head Chef Daniel Doherty. It’s a beautiful cookbook with stunning photos and recipes of Duck & Waffle’s famous dishes (and many more)! Signed copies are available to buy from the restaurant.
I have said this before: if you live in London and haven’t been to Duck & Waffle yet, book a table now and just go. The ride up to the 40th floor is worth the trip alone, but you will get much more than that. You will thank me for it!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant. All views are my own.