I follow a few London food accounts on Instagram and one place that is featured frequently is Duck & Waffle. Then I did a little bit of research and found out that it’s 1) London’s highest restaurant, at 40 floors, and is 2) open 24 hours. Of course, I am all about superlatives and decided I had to go.
Booking online is easy through their website, but not as easy when booking the night before! When I first looked, the only table for the next day was at 5:00 am (I seriously considered it). Luckily, when I woke up the next morning there was a table open at the perfectly reasonable time of 8:30 pm.
That night, I hopped on the Central Line, got off at the Liverpool Street station, and walked 5 minutes to the Heron Tower, where I was greeted by a very nice “bouncer” who checked if I had a reservation. Good thing Google came in handy to prepare me for this when I was searching the day before for “duck and waffle no reservation.” Then I took a quick glass elevator ride to the 39th floor, walked through Sushi Samba, and climbed one last floor to my destination.
I was promptly seated at window table facing the north with a nice view of The City (the neighborhood) and Tottenham Hotspur’s football stadium in the distance. The atmosphere was hip, trendy, and a little too dimly lit for my taste.
I ordered the BBQ spiced crispy pig ears and of course, the namesake duck & waffle. The pig ears (didn’t think about them being pig ears when I ate them) came in a brown paper bag and were a great appetizer! They were sugary, salty, crunchy, and not too filling for the rest of the meal.
Then came the main course: a crispy duck confit leg with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup. This dish lived up to my high expectations! The slightly salty duck was the perfect complement to the sweetness of the syrup. I don’t usually like eating things together (e.g. I’m not a fan of fruit salad) but it was the best when I was able to gather a piece of duck, a bit of egg, and a square of waffle and cover the bite with syrup.
The only thing I would change about my experience is the time I went! Next time I’ll go during the day, when I’ll be able to see more of the impressive London skyline.