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 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.
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.|
|Duck and Waffle.|
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.|
|Coat: Karen Millen, Dress: Biba, Bag: Mulberry.|