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Duck & Waffle, London


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Duck & Waffle, London

ManInTransit | Nov 12, 2012 07:13 AM

Quick review of this 'small bites' restaurant on the top of the Heron Tower near Liverpool Street (and so walking distance from Shoreditch and anywhere in the City).

Views are incredible. Until the Shard opens this is one of the best easily-accessible views in London and well worth a trip. The elevator ride alone is quite astonishing.

The food: very variable
Bread: rosemary and garlic - superb.
Pea and Mint Arancini with truffle mayonnaise: decent arancini but nothing special, if there was truffle in the mayonnaise then it certainly wasn't evident in the taste.
Yellowfin tuna w watermelon, balsamic, basil: grim. Poorly cut pieces of average raw tuna that any self-respecting restaurant would have consiged to the bin. Really bad.
Mackerel Tartare w cucumber, smoked vodka, creme fraiche: lovely flavours, really very enjoyable.
Mutton Slider w harissa: quite tasty but tiny, bit of a joke for £5.
Duck egg en cocotte w gruyere and truffle: wonderful dish served piping hot with excellent bread made in-house. Rich, decadent and full of flavour, this would have been good value at twice the price which was £7.

So make your own conclusions - no guarantees but there are decent, value dishes to be had here. No problems with a couple of ££ extra for the view.

Drinks and service
Wine list is poor and unbelievable mark-ups even by London standards. Annoying upselling.

Service friendly but upselling on the wine and food ("you'll want a couple more dishes than that" (we didn't), "are you sure you don't want a salad" etc). Nice to see a chef actually in his kitchen though which is all too rare in London.

Overall I'd recommend a trip, it's a great place to eat and some of the food would have still got top marks at ground level. Probably wouldn't return in a hurry though, maybe a night visit for the evening views.

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