Review: Duck & Waffle, Bishopgate

Duck & Waffle is one of those establishments that everyone seems to have heard of.

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Boasting the best views in London and its claim to fame as the highest restaurant in the UK, I was a bit hesitant to visit at first, having heard of lots of mixed reviews about the food/service. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised by my experience there, and would recommend a visit particularly if you have limited time in the city like I do. After all, if you’re going to pay 30 pounds per person for a visit up the Shard, why not just visit a somewhere with equally good views PLUS the chance to enjoy some tasty gourmet food? 🙂

I arrived at Duck & Waffle at around 5pm on a weekday evening, which I felt was the perfect time as it meant that over the course of the dinner we could watch as the London landscape shifted from a murky grey to a deep blue.

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^The menu

First up came an unassuming paper bag marked with a red wax seal- but the real treasure was what was inside- the BBQ spiced crispy pork ears- a salivating concoction of crisp, flavourful strips of pork. Sampling pork ears might seem like a daunting prospect for many, but for an Asian girl who has pretty much eaten everything from gizzards to tarantulas, it really wasn’t any different to a normal slice of pork. However, it was nonetheless delicious! IMG_1311

IMG_1338Next up was the house bread, which was a pillowy loaf served with a light, slightly acrid olive oil , as well as creamy butter. The bread was mostly hollow inside with an outer crunch and fragrant taste which was very satisfying and complimented the oil and butter very well.

IMG_1339Next up came my favourite dish of the night- Foie Gras Crème Brulee with lobster, served with two slices of toast. This was an absolutely decadent treat – the creamy and fragrant texture of the foie gras mousse, the slightly burnt caramelised top and the plump, succulent pieces of lobster blended together to create a symphony of flavours.. It’s hard to put into words- you’ll just have to give it a go yourself! Paired with the crunchy toast, this was definitely a treat to be shared as it was quite heavy after a few bites.

IMG_1336Afterwards arrived the Roasted octopus with chorizo, potato, lemon and capers.  Whilst I enjoyed each particular element on its own, I felt that the salty richness of the chorizo did detract from the sweetness and light taste of the octopus.

IMG_1337I think that a trip to this establishment would not be complete without ordering its namesake. The Duck & Waffle  consisted of a waffle and crispy duck confit, served with a fried duck egg. I love anything with egg yolk and fried poultry so I definitely enjoyed this dish! The rich yolk fared well with the maple syrup, and the duck meat fell right off the bone.

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IMG_1346IMG_1344Dessert was an assortment of cheeses served with oat biscuits, grapes, almonds and chutney- definitely a satisfying way to end the night!

IMG_1343Overall, I had a great time at Duck & Waffle. Whilst not all of the food was amazingly good, the service was attentive, the dishes creative and the view is definitely a highlight of the experience !

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