Saturday, 23 February 2013

21st Restaurant Round Up. Duck and Waffle.

Duck and Waffle was the venue for my actually birthday on the Monday. It was the perfect choice!

When you arrive you go through a separate door to the lifts that go up to Duck and Waffle as Duck and Waffle is on the 40th floor in the Heron Tower the lift itself is an experience! Made of glass you rush up the forty floors giddy with excitement and ears a popping. 

Once out of the lift I have only one negative comment about the evening. That is that there is no signage or waitress telling you where to go and you walk past the toilets, it just doesn't feel quite right after the magical experience of the lift. But once you have made your way through the corridor you enter the bar area where you immediately see the view of The Swiss Re and all is forgiven from the strange corridor experience. 

Across from the bar is the restaurant. We got a perfect table in the corner by the window so had a great view. 

The waiters were all really helpful when we arrived and gave us time to wander round and admire the view.  

The waiter explained that the idea of the menu is that everything is designed to share which wasn't what I had expected. He was really helpful in telling us how much to order and how the restaurant worked as everything just arrives when it is ready ensuring freshness. 

The three of us, mum, dad and me started with, BBQ spicy crispy pig ears. They come in a bag which i think is fun and they do not look like pig ears which is a good thing! it is just strips of BBQ crispiness delicious as long as the thought of it being a pig ear doesn't pop into your head. We also had cherry tomato and goats cheese bread which was lovely and warm.  

Pig Ears.
Next to arrive was charred sprouting broccoli which mum had read good things online about and it lived up to the recommendations. it sounds simple but it is just done so well. 
Along with this we also had from the small plates menu, Jerusalem artichoke tortellini again something that was done really well. 

Last to arrive was the ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam. I'll be honest I wasn't expecting to like this but went on a recommendation and I think this ended up being my favorite starter. When it arrives it looks like a scotch egg, the outside of the doughnut instead of sugar is a paprika spice mix, the doughnut dough is the same as normal but instead of jam in the centre there is shreds of ox cheek. It really is super tasty and I liked how different the idea is. 

Ox Cheek Doughnut.
For mains mum and I had duck and waffle; crispy skin, moist duck, fried duck egg, waffle and to top it off a sweet mustard syrup. I am a massive fan of sweet with savory at the moment however, this was not mum's cup of tea!  

Duck and Waffle.

Dad had fish stew, if anything they should change the name, it does the dish no justice and at £32 I think it could be described a little better for your money. The dish complies of about 5-6 fillets of beautifully cooked fish stacked up in a fish and veggie broth. 

Dessert wise we could not make up our minds from the choice of four so did the right thing and got all four to share.  We had maple caramel hot apples (mum and dad's fave), rhubarb and rice pudding (nice but not wow), crispy fried mars bar; this was got mainly for novelty factor but the hot melty mars bars over the malted ice cream was so scrummy! Lastly the warm chocolate brownie with peanut butter sauce and peanut butter ice cream. It had me at peanut butter and it did not disappoint. 

Peanut Butter Brownie. 
Maple Apple.
After this we had seen during dinner this amazing lit up tree outside on the 38th floor, home of SushiSamba so, we waddled out to have a look and it was magical. After oohhhing and ahhhhing at the tree we got back in the lift and whizzed back down to earth. There was a queue outside which really does show how great the restaurant is because I'm not sure how many restaurants can command a queue outside in February so defiantly book before you go!

Pretty Tree.
The Lift.
Coat: Karen Millen, Dress: Biba, Bag: Mulberry.

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