After living in New York I’m used to things being 24/7 but London is a little sleepier and things tend to shut prematurely.
But that’s why Duck & Waffle is such a joy. A chic restaurant that runs around the clock with unbeatable views of the city.
I had a friend flying in from Norway on a Friday night with a 8pm touchdown to Gatwick, which meant he wouldn’t get into town for at least 90 minutes.
Duck & Waffle was the perfect solution to our late-night dining conundrum and I managed to snag a booking at the much-sought after spot for 10pm.
From the get-go this place oozes fun and a sense of sexy. Zooming up the lift to the 40th floor you’re transported to a trendy metropolis of floor-to-ceiling glass, frantic chatter and chinking of glasses.
We were shown to a top table next to one of the windows, where we settled in for a fine feast.
Duck & Waffle’s menu is nice and concise with ‘snacks’, ‘freshly based breads’, ‘small plates’ and larger dishes ‘for the table’.
Our very helpful waiter advised us what to try and we snapped up his suggestions in a vaguely sleepy and half-starved haze.
The bacon wrapped dates in the snack section were delicious and temptingly sweet. The crispy pigs ears were certainly a novelty, delivered in a brown paper bag. Other small favourites included the fresh grilled asparagus and the creamy cured salmon.
For mains, you can’t go to Duck & Waffle without trying the signature Duck & Waffle dish.
The duck leg confit was cooked to perfection with the tender meat lovingly falling from the bone. Meanwhile, a fried egg rested on the waffle, with the yolk producing an oozing mess of deliciousness.
The baked cod – designed for two people – is another must-try, with the meaty portion satisfying our appetite.
We washed everything down with wine and cocktails. While my friend went for a chilled glass of white, I opted for my usual vodka olive martini with Duck & Waffle’s rendition hitting the right notes.
I was also convinced to try Duck and Waffle’s famed Ristretto Negroni, which features a blend of gin, Martini Rosso, Campari and Aperol, which is slow dripped for 24 hours through crushed coffee beans. The concoction definitely put a spring in my step…
We were told we couldn’t leave without trying dessert.
If you’re a fan of chocolate, then you must pop in an order for the Chocolate Fondant. We were positively stuffed but the sticky peanut butter ganache, vanilla ice cream and praline crunch kept calling our spoons back for more.
Duck & Waffle had fit the late-night dining bill perfectly. I felt on a real high, amply satisfied by the lively atmosphere and fine food.
So, if you’re suddenly hit by a pang of hunger at a funny time of the night this could make for an ideal spot.
You might just think you’re dreaming once you’ve wrapped your lips around that duck confit leg!
Duck & Waffle is located at 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
To book a table visit duckandwaffle.com or call +44 203 640 7310