Breakfast on top of London at the Duck and Waffle
Breakfast, the saying goes, is the most important meal of the day. When had at the Duck and Waffle restaurant in the city of London it is doubly important. This is a restaurant that is after all located in the highest building in the city to have a meal. It is on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower and it is also virtually opened at all times – almost 24/7.
It sounded like a good idea when this was booked, but come the hour the prospects of waking up early to trek across London to get to the Duck and Waffle at 8AM seemed like a mistake. Nevertheless, my party and I managed to drag ourselves out of bed to get there a few minutes before our reservation time.
We were ushered to a table which we felt did not do justice to the panoramic views. The best views were those occupied by the myriad of twosomes next to the glass to ceiling walls that enveloped the restaurant. Next were the curved booths. We managed to change our table to a booth that that looked out towards East London.
I ordered a coffee to start off with. The House breakfast was next. pork & herb sausage, two organic eggs, any style, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash brown, scottish black pudding and sourdough toast. For £15.00 this wasn’t bad and was good value for money. I did, however, on seeing one of my party’s order wished I had gone for theirs. They had the signature meal, Duck and Waffle which comprised of a crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup. The duck, after a taste, was one of the best, if not the best I had ever had.
Panoramic views from the Duck and Waffle
We were here not so much to get our bellies full. There are plenty of other eateries in London for that. We were here for the views and the food. If you know London well you’d be able to recognise so many landmarks and notable buildings from the Duck and Waffle.
Folks genuinely seemed to be enjoying their meals but perhaps like me the panoramic views and the “bragging rights” of having had a meal in the highest restaurant in the city of London led to the inevitable plethora of selfies. The Instagram moments were simply too great to let slip through one’s fingers. I found the waiters, in their red shirts and braces friendly and warm. I could not help but track their movements as they ferried all kinds of incredibly presented meals from the open kitchen to tables.
The manager must have been told it was little birdies birthday so before we left he had a rather touching Happy Birthday “message” for our table.
I have to warn you the trip up in the escalators is not for the feint hearted. Perhaps coming down needed even more courage as the escalator moved at what seemed like breakneck speed from the 40th floor to ground zero. Given, this was a sunny day we headed to London’s famous Portobello Road……..
Name: Duck and Waffle
Address: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopgate, London EC2N 4AY
Phone: 020 3640 7310
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Reservations: a must for this restaurant