Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quacky Birthday!

I celebrated my birthday earlier this month, and kicked off the festivities in a fittingly fancy fashion, with lunch at Duck and Waffle.

Duck and Waffle is located in the Heron Tower - the same building as it's sister restaurant, Sushi Samba, where I went for my birthday dinner last year, and for my wedding anniversary this year.  You may have guessed that I thoroughly enjoy this venue...and who could blame me, with this view?

Dining in the sky, with London sprawled out below and views as far as the eye can see, simply does not lose it's novelty on me!

Duck and Waffle is located on the floor above Sushi Samba, and I had been wanting to see what they had to offer for a very long time now.  Let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed...

A date with bacon wrapped dates - it was definitely love at first bite...

We started with the bacon wrapped dates which are stuffed with a smokey linguiça sausage and manchego cheese filling, and paired with a tangy mustard dressing.  This dish was pretty much our idea of heaven on a plate.  Each bite was so plump and juicy, and the mixture of sweet and savoury is a combination that I really enjoy.  Basically, these bacon wrapped dates were perfection.

Next up we had the scallop with apple, elderflower, caviar and dill.  On first inspection, we were a little underwhelmed with this one.  I was expecting whole plump scallops - but I probably should have realised otherwise, given that the description was 'scallop' (singular).

The scallops were a little underwhelming, but they weren't a dill breaker... 

Thin slices of scallop were placed on top of apple slices, and the combination of textures was surprisingly pleasant.  The flavours were exceptionally well balanced, and the sweetness of the apple was really heightened by the seafood in a fresh and delicate way.  I liked this one, and thought it was a clever dish, but on the whole, it was probably the least impressive from our selection.

We also opted for the crispy pigs ears, which came in a paper bag, and provided a little something to crunch on, between dishes.

They didn't make a pig's ear of this! 

Given my penchant for interesting-sounding, experimental dishes, I could not pass up the spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam and smoked paprika sugar.

A savoury doughnut?  The cheek of it!

The fluffy exterior and meaty interior reminded me a little of dim sum bbq pork buns.  I liked the accompanying dipping sauce, and overall the dish worked, but despite it's grand appearance, it was not my favourite out of our choices.  Simply put, although there were some great flavours in this dish, it did not make me sigh in the way that those stuffed dates did!

Next up was perhaps my favourite dish...how have I lived so long without foie gras crème brûlée in my life?

A tap with the spoon resulted in the perfect crack in the top layer... 

The foie gras had the creamy, light texture of crème brûlée with a caramelized, crunchy layer on top.  It was served with butter roasted lobster and toasted brioche.  Oh my word, this is one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten!!!

We ended our savoury dishes with the pièce de résistance and signature dish: the duck and waffle. Crispy leg confit served with a fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup and of course, a waffle.

This delicious flavour extravaganza was the bomb. In fact it's so good, they named their restaurant after it. Here, have a closer look...

Holy duck, this was a tasty plate of food...

By this point, I was well and truly stuffed, but Loverboy insisted that we must have dessert!  We opted for the Baked Alaska - a dessert that I knew of, but had never actually tried before.  Whilst we were waiting for that, they brought out a little birthday surprise...

Birthday girl full of delicious food and champagne! 

Our final dish was served, and we were impressed!  After we oohed and ahhed a bit, we busted that sucker open and inside the squishy, chewy, gooey meringue, was a solid ball of ice cream.  It was accompanied by poached peaches, and was so yummy that I wondered why I had waited so long to try this wondrous creation.

We had a wonderful, leisurely lunch, enjoying the taste sensations, taking in the view, and pointing out buildings in the distance. Our table was in a prime spot by the window, with a view that looked down on the Gherkin.

We both left feeling full and happy. I couldn't have asked for a better start to my birthday weekend, it was a real treat!


  1. Glad you had fun and that view - some very interesting dishes there too!!

    Happy Birthday.

    1. Thank you sweetheart! The view is phenomenal...and the food, too!

  2. Yay! Always celebrating your birthday in style! The view from that tower is incredible!

    1. You know it! ;) You guys need to splurge and go there - maybe even just for a fancy brunch? Just beware that you need to book way in advance!

  3. happy belated birthday! the food looks super delicious and your outfit looks awesome. what a beautiful skirt!

    1. Thank you, lovely! That skirt (and bakelite bracelets in the photos) were birthday presents from my husband that I received that morning! I couldn't wait to wear them! :)