After a night out in a Shoreditch cocktail bar, Rebecca, Keya and I decided on a midnight feast before heading home. So, at 2am, up we went, in the famous glass lifts of the Heron Tower that lead up to the fabulous views of the City and, at the 40th floor, we casually strolled into Duck and Waffle.
I had the perception that it would be bland and over-priced food (I was VERY wrong about both of these things), but the girls convinced me otherwise and we ordered a mixture of dishes to share between us so that we could have a taste of everything.
Head Chef Daniel Doherty has created some stunning master pieces. He gives a delicious twist to classic dishes from around the world.
The Duck Egg En Cocotte (£12) was delicious (and this is not only because I have a huge love for cheese)! The stringy and strong flavoured Gruyere with the earthy flavours of the wild mushrooms and a duck egg all oven baked in a pan made for a fondue-type dish. It was served up with “crunchy soldiers” to scoop it all up.
The Bacon Wrapped Dates (£9) were very interesting. I am not a huge date fan (in fact, I do not like them at all), however the salty, BBQ flavour of the bacon overpowering the sweetness of them made them taste divine!
The Roasted Essex Beetroot (£9) had a light, refreshing and softly sweet flavour to it. It was definitely not as flavour intense as everything else but still a delicious combination that, again, would not usually be thought of. The goat curd in this dish had a very similar taste to cottage cheese and I feel as though it is what married the honey comb and beetroot together.
Next, out came their signature dish – The Duck and Waffle (£17). It is a creative and absolutely delicious Asian twist to the Southern American fried chicken and waffle. The duck was a crispy Peking duck style on top of a Belgian style waffle and a fried egg over it all. We drizzled the Maple Syrup over it and dug in. The flavours went surprisingly well together and I have definitely been converted!
The BBQ Spiced Crispy Pig Ears (£5) came in a brown paper bag and were sealed with a Chinese red wax letter seal. They were crunchy and tasted very much like pork scratchings. It was a Western twist to the Chinese sweet pork ears. A great ending to the meal as we munched on them like popcorn while we continued chatting away.
It is a great atmosphere, great service, it is extremely well priced and delicious, interesting experimental food (which is making my mouth water again just thinking about it).
Perfect place for a midnight feast!