Whilst recently researching potential new business partnerships for the Consensio Chalets, I had the good fortune of dining at the one and only Duck & Waffle in London. I say one and only because this talk of the town restaurant has firmly secured a name for itself as a ‘must’ London culinary experience.
Perched high above the hustle and bustle of London’s CBD on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower in Bishopsgate, Duck and Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s creative food & cocktail menu is bound to spark your curiosity to try something new, offering a unique dining experience offset by spectacular city views that take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the Gherkin and Tower Bridge.
Now it might just be me, but the idea of anything operating 24 hours a day in London is a pretty novel concept. After-all, with a population of over 8.5 million people London still await the launch of a 24-hour tube service. But buzzing with life at all hours, Duck and Waffle reveals a new side of London’s emerging night economy. Putting London on the map as a becoming 24-hour city. From a sunrise breakfast, late morning brunch; or if your heart so desires – a midnight feast, there is a new experience to be had every time you dine at this vibrant restaurant.
Your experience at Duck and Waffle begins with an exhilarating ride in a scenic, glass elevator that showcases a birds-eye view of London to the North West. As the elevator doors open, a funky tiled hallway leads to relaxed bar area that will WOW you with spectacular panoramic city views of London through floor to ceiling windows.
Being a mid-week lunch, I was anticipating a stuffy atmosphere of suited corporates muttering business over a meal. Yet the atmosphere was quite the contrary; stylish and chic without that stifling formal etiquette that you all too often find in top restaurants; where laughing aloud breaks an awkward silence of softly spoken diners whispering over soufflé. There is a dress code but this is merely a polite request to leave beachwear and sportswear for the occasion it was meant for. Smart jeans are perfectly acceptable.
Whilst waiting for our table I could not resist the temptation to try the Celeriac & Bee Pollen Bellini. I was not quite sure what to expect but I was not disappointed; it was the perfect aperitif to leave the stresses of the city below.
Dining with two other colleagues we chose to share our starters, opting for the puy lentils dressed with a delicious yoghurt & miso dressing; glazed lamb with gooseberry and radish; and an utterly scrumptious and indulgent, spicy ox cheek doughnut – which was hands-down my favourite.
For mains, all three of use were pretty keen to trial the signature dish, which was of course, none other than the ‘Duck and Waffle’. It was so good I could not do it justice. However, you might want to consider scheduling in pre or post gym session, as crispy confit duck leg on a waffle topped with a fried egg and some mustard maple syrup, is not exactly kind on the calories.
Feeling comfortably sufficient none of us could stretch to pudding, meaning we will just have to schedule a date in the diary for an evening of dessert and cocktails.
Needless to say I was impressed by Duck and Waffle and if something becomes of our research trip, maybe Consensio Chalets will be able to extend the reach of Duck and Waffle’s spectacular outlook to include a high altitude view from natures perspective. I will keep you posted!