During a recent work visit to London I tried out Duck & Waffle situated on the 40th floor of Heron building. A previous attempt at a walk in was met with a 4 hour wait for a table so we abandoned it for a 6pm booking the following week. From a brief wait at the ground floor entrance it seemed that its clientele were a steady stream of City type professionals so I was expecting it to be on the expensive side.
The group also operate Sushi Samba on the floors below so the lift area was constantly busy with the lift being jam packed on the way up. The bar area was different with an open bar situated in the middle of the room with no bar counters so the bartenders were in full view with their backs to the clientele when making drinks. We were led to the main dining area and I noted that there was ample space between each table which surprised me as I expected them to pack them in like sardines to cover what is sure to be massive rent costs.
We were sat at a table facing the South East direction towards Tower Bridge. I had a couple of choices already made up in my mind on prior study of the menu. Our server explained that the dishes would come out as and when they are ready tapas style which was fine due to the grazing style of the plates. We purposely ordered a conservative amount of dishes leaving us the option to order more if required. We were advised that we had the table for 2 hours so wanted to make use of this rather than being rushed.
The first dish delivered was scallop with apple, black truffle and lime served on a red salt brick which helped season the scallop I was told. To describe the serving size as small would be an understatement, barely one whole scallop cut into five pieces. This is something I’ve noticed on a few menus recently where I actively avoid if scallop is described in the singular term rather than plural. Nevertheless the scallop was fresh and refreshing with the apple and lime with the truffle giving it an added dimension.
Being still peckish we decided to order a few more dishes. I had my eye on the BBQ spiced crispy pig ears and the chance came. They were served in a paper bag which was sealed with wax which was quite novel and were quite crunchy and enjoyable. These would be ideal as a snack at the cinema.
The last dish was the most disappointing of the night and out of fluke more than luck it was also the most filling. We were presented with a huge doughy ball resembling a basketball which was a spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam. The dough was much too thick with very little filling that was rather bland. Definitely one that needs revamping in my opinion although it did the trick in filling a hole.