Imagine being served up a unique breakfast, cooked by a Michelin star chef, whilst enjoying the panoramic views of a great city. It wouldn’t be a bad start to the day, would it?
Duck and Waffle is the UK’s highest restaurant, situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, in Bishopsgate; just a short walk from Liverpool Street station. in central London, and is open 24/7. It is the ultimate dining experience in the city. I chose to enjoy a breakfast here with my sister, after already indulging in some other unique breakfast plates in the city, earlier this year.
At the sleek entrance, you will be greeted by a member of staff from the building, who will direct you to the glass elevator (lift) nearby, which will take you to the 40th floor,
As you arrive onto the 40th floor, clear your ears from the fast ride up, and walk through to the reception area. This is when you know you’re in for a real treat. A small bar is set in the middle of the room which is used for a restaurant on the 38th floor (but can also be used by guests attending Duck and Waffle, as they wait).
Chandeliers hang from the ceiling, with tasteful artwork painted on the walls.
At the entry to the restaurant, you will be shown to your table by the front-of-house. We were overjoyed to find that we had secured a window seat, with the Gherkin right behind me.
We both immediately started snapping photos and just looked at each other in awe, until our waiter came to serve us some water, and give us the menu. He was very attentive throughout our time there, and was very helpful with my sister, who has many food allergies.
There was so much choice on the menu, but I knew that I wanted to have something a little more unique, than just a cooked breakfast. The normally sweet craving person in me was toying with the sweet waffles, but in the end, I opted for what must be the house dish, of duck and waffle.
A leg of duck, served on top of a waffle, with a duck egg and mustard maple syrup; it sounded divine. My sister ordered an edited version of the house breakfast, and opted to later give me some things she was unable to eat.
Our tea was the first to arrive, and we sipped it whilst enjoying the ambience of the restaurant, which had soft music playing in the background, as well as watching the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
When our breakfast arrived, I did what most people hate, when eating out, and took many pictures of my meal. It looked divine.
This was something I would never think of cooking, or eating, but was excited to try.
The duck was cooked to perfection. It was crispy on the outside, but tender on the inside; with the meat just sliding off onto my fork. The waffles are the best I have tasted in a long time, and the mustard maple syrup complemented the whole dish beautifully.
After finishing our meal, we relaxed, chatted and enjoyed the rest of the view.
Overall, we spent about 2 hours in the restaurant and were amazed by the level of class, style and uniqueness of the place. The views are incredible, and although it is not the highest viewpoint in London, (it is the 3rd highest building), you can still get a great overview of the city, whilst enjoying incredible food.
Do you want to have the ultimate breakfast experience too?
If you’d like to experience breakfast (or any other meal) at Duck and Waffle. Jump online and book a table (sometimes you need to book about 1 month in advance) or call them up.
Note – there is a dress code of casual elegance. I was toying with the idea of putting on a dress, but instead opted for smart jeans and a top, though I’d imagine if you wanted to eat later on in the day, or evening, more formal wear would be appropriate.
You can also secure private bookings for larger parties, and there is a room to accommodate this.
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