I’ve just had one of the best birthday weekends of my life! The weather has been incredible and I’ve had so much fun, all kicking off on Friday with dinner at Duck & Waffle. This ingenious restaurant is situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, and I’ve wanted to go for ages, but my boyfriend wasn’t too keen! As it was my birthday he agreed we could go, and we were whisked up in the glass lift high into the sky, so quickly my ears popped.
If you’re scared of heights, you might not want to look down!
I’d heard the staff could be a little bit rude but they couldn’t have been more friendly to us, showing us to our table, talking us through the menu (which is a little confusing – basically, order as much as you want and share everything) and getting us drinks while we enjoyed the views.
First up we had bread – soft, warm and pillowy, with butter and oil for dipping. I love it when restaurants provide butter as well as oil!
Closely followed by smoked mozzarella tossed with granola, sage, honey and a lemon dressing. This was so good – I’m a massive fan of mozzarella, but my boyfriend isn’t particularly and he still loved it. The flavours and textures all just went so well together – it was really good.
We couldn’t come without ordering a bag of BBQ spiced crispy pigs ears, served in their sealed bag!
These tasted a bit like Frazzles, in a good way! They’re really good value for money – it’s £5 for a bag and you get loads, we couldn’t even finish them!
At the other end of the scale, the fillet of beef Carpaccio, served with foie gras, truffle and pecorino, was lovely, but probably not the best pound-for-mouthful value. It was excellent, though, so worth getting if you want a bit of luxury!
We had a little break before the spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam.
This looks really good, doesn’t it? What I think of this meal is that if it was served up on Masterchef, they’d say something like ‘All these things are cooked really well, but they don’t belong together on the plate!’ It’s just…meat? And a doughnut? And jam? It didn’t work for me!
Unlike the duck and waffle itself, which also sounds unusual on paper but in reality was incredible. The combination of the duck egg, waffle, syrup and gorgeous, flaky duck was just so good, I could’ve eaten it all night! I was a very happy girl.
We ummed and aahed for ages about getting dessert. I’d been eating cake all day (oops) so wasn’t particularly hungry, but neither of us were ready to leave. Eventually we ordered baked Alaska to share – and I am so glad we did!
For me it was the dish of the night, and not just because it’s so pretty. Cold ice cream, perfect meringue, grenadine and rhubarb – it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever had!
I couldn’t recommend Duck & Waffle more – it’s unpretentious, it’s not overpriced, the food is great and the views are outstanding!
We decided to pop down two floors to Sushi Samba for drinks after dinner. This was a bit of a different story for me. We ordered wine, beer and cocktails… which were nice, but the barman was rude and arrogant and took ages to serve us.
We went out into the courtyard as it was such a gorgeous evening. It is pretty out there, despite being really crowded…but it’s not really worth it, as you don’t get the spectacular views!
We got a bit fed up of the rubbish service and pretentious attitudes of the staff, so headed back to the lift… in time to catch this glorious sunset.
I felt like we’d come back down to earth – Duck & Waffle really does give you a wonderful, heady experience! Go there, don't bother with Sushi Samba. We headed off to the pub to meet friends and had a great evening. A brilliant start to a fantastic weekend!