The Better Half (TBH) and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary this week and when bestie suggested we get together for breakfast at Duck & Waffle, we thought this would be the perfect occasion for it. The restaurant is located on the 40th floor of Heron Tower in the City of London, with sweeping views across the London skyline and food that matches the amazing outlook. Three years after opening it is still extremely popular, so with our anniversary being on a Tuesday, we stood a far better chance of getting a table at a decent hour (I say decent hour, but we still had to catch our usual train that takes us to work each day, much to TBH’s chagrin!) We promptly booked a table anyway and took the day off. Arriving at Cannon Street station and meeting Ash and Seth it felt odd being dressed casually and heading in the opposite direction of the office – but our breakfast would beat sitting at my desk and the early start any day!
We were seated at a booth, but when TBH spotted people leaving a prime corner table, we asked to be moved and the staff happily obliged. With a 180° view and a menu where every dish got the taste buds seriously going, it took a little time to decide what to order, but in the end I went for the ox cheek Benedict, hollandaise and sriracha (£11.00). Eggs Benedict is my absolutely favourite breakfast to order when I’m out, so seeing this dish on the menu with another firm favourite of ox cheek, it was a no-brainer for me. Intense beefiness, rich hollandaise and the perfectly oozy egg yolk was a marriage made in heaven. The sriracha an especially clever addition and I mopped it all up greedily.
The Better Half decided that it had to be the signature Duck ‘n’ Waffle crispy leg confit, fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup (£15.00). It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but the crispy and salty duck and very sweet maple syrup are perfectly balanced with the doughy waffle. He enjoyed this more than he did when we visited for his birthday a few years back.
When Ash’s dish of duck egg en concotte with wild mushrooms, Gruyère , truffle and soldiers (£13.00) arrived, we collectively gasped! It looked beautiful. Not only was the presentation great, but the smell from the truffles was just incredible. The taste I had was delicious and I loved all the different wild mushrooms. It was incredibly rich though and she couldn’t manage the whole portion – total bonus for TBH who scooped up the rest with pleasure.
Our waiter was engaging and happily snapped pictures of the four of us. He even got a little creative – clearly he’s been asked to take pics many times before!
The total bill, including drinks and service came to £214.31. It’s a lot to pay for breakfast, but wouldn’t it be nice if every day could start like this?