Duck and Waffle – Bishopsgate London

Great views over London from the city’s highest restaurant, offering “a playful take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences”

A light and bright space with tables sufficiently spread out, the Duck and Waffle just makes you feel good. Given its prestigious reputation (for this Friday evening reservation, I’d booked two months in advance) I wasn’t sure if service would be a bit stuffy. It wasn’t at all.

 

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Light and bright restaurant space 

 

Following ‘Artistry in Alchemy’ gin cocktails at SushiSamba (on a floor below) to get the weekend off to a good start, J and I arrived at Duck and Waffle for our 7pm reservation, only to be told we were 15 minutes late and the table had been let go. There’s a strict two-hour turnaround on tables that you’re informed about when you book – this was completely my mistake. We were asked to wait in the bar (not really expecting a table to become available any time soon). Before we’d even decided what to drink, we were warmly intercepted and shown to a table in the window with a great view. Service was informal, prompt (but only when we wanted it to be) and I felt very well accommodated for my oversight.

 

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Great views over London to Stratford and the QEII Olympic Park and beyond
Top l-r: aubergine bread, miso glazed rabbit, smoked eel
Bottom l-r: ox cheek doughnut, homemade biscuit

 

The overall dining experience aims to be informal and easy, by offering a menu of sharing plates to sample leisurely. We chose five. Each dish was a beautiful design; art on a plate.

There’s an extensive wine list which is quite pricey, in comparison to the reasonably priced food menu. We chose an Esporao white @ £33.00 (I’m a big fan of Esporao, returned from Portugal this week and it was on the budget end of the wine list).

 

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Puy lentils – spinach, sweet onion, yoghurt, miso + nasturtiums @ £11.00

 

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Miso glazed rabbit – roasted cauliflower, suet biscuit (suet pie crust) and crispy cabbage @ £13.00

 

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Aubergine bread – charred aubergine, sumac yoghurt, flatbread @ £6.00

 

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Spicy ox cheek doughnut – apricot jam, smoked paprika sugar @ £10.00

The spicy ox cheek doughnut was the stand-out dish for me. It’s not something I would normally have ordered (I don’t especially like doughnuts, and ox cheek sounds, well, a bit rough…) but it had been enthusiastically recommended to me. It lived up to the recommendation and some… It’s a heavy dish, very filling and definitely one to share. It has a lovely warming spicy coating, the meat inside was like pulled beef (really tender) and the apricot sauce rounded it off perfectly.

 

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Smoked eel with creme fraiche, horseradish and samphire – beautiful bite-size servings @ £10.00

 

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Home-made biscuits @ £4.00 – served in style, of course

 

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Open kitchen 

 

Despite there being a two-hour limit on tables, it was a very leisurely meal. We weren’t at all rushed. I was so slow eating the hearty ox cheek doughnut (I omitted to mention J doesn’t eat meat, yep I ate it all!) that J had plenty of time for a coffee.

 

The verdict: Best restaurant with a view.

Fantastic all-round experience, from the comfort and atmosphere of the restaurant space itself, stunning views (you can see for miles on a clear day) to tasty food with a novelty factor style. Service can vary.

 

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: British, international
– Address: 110 Bishopsgate, City of London, London
– Postcode: EC2N 4AY
– Nearest station: Liverpool Street
– Website + menus: Duck and Waffle website
– Photos on flickr: Duck and Waffle images
– Location: Duck and Waffle map 
– Anything else: open 24/7

 

Duck & Waffle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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