Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Breakfast at the Duck & Waffle, London

The Duck & Waffle has been at the top of my breakfast to-do list for a long time, and just before Christmas I had the chance to whiz 40 floors above London to experience this much talked about restaurant.

Sadly, the weather wasn't on our side, as the usually magnificent views were no where to be seen as London was engulfed in fog - it was like we were sat inside a Tupperware box.

But the food on the other hand definitely didn't disappoint.

My friend and I couldn't decide on a breakfast each from the tantalising menu, so we decided to share two. First up was the iconic duck and waffle itself, sat on the most striking plate I have ever seen in a restaurant.

The Duck & Waffle is open 24 hours, and is known for bankers rocking on up at all hours to order this indulgent treat. 

And I couldn't go to the Duck & Waffle without trying its signature dish. The firm waffle soaked up the mustard maple syrup, while balancing on top was the crispy, moist duck leg confit (who has duck for breakfast? I do apparently!), set off by the most golden, shimmering duck egg. It is a truly special meal, which I thought couldn't be beaten - that was until the next dish arrived. 

Next up was the duck egg en cocotte...

Baked eggs has long been my favourite breakfast dish to whip up at home, but I haven't ever tried to incorporate wild mushrooms, gruyère and shaved truffles. My God! What a treat. The gooey, creamy eggs arrived nestled in their very own skillet which was sat on a wooden board accompanied by toast soldiers standing boldly at attention. 

We greedily dipped the soldiers into the duck eggs, breaking the golden yolks which seeped into the cream, both of us making 'Mmmm-ing' noises as we slurped and tried to eat the mushrooms while keeping our dignity - not easy when it tastes this good and is rather messy.

And not to name drop, but executive chef Dan Doherty popped out to say hello to my friend, and when I'm complimented him on the duck egg en cocotte, he described this masterpiece in a much simpler way than I could: "Eggs and cream, what more do you need?" he said to me - well apparently truffles, I thought. 

I couldn't quite get my head around the decor in the Duck & Waffle. It's elegant, and modern, while brash and in your face with splashes of blood red on the ceiling of the open kitchen and the staff shirts. As you pass the bar area, there is even one wall which is covered graffiti - it's definitely trying to make a statement, I'm just not sure what that is.

I absolutely can't wait to go again and try more on the brunch menu. I hear the spicy ox cheek doughnut with apricot jam and smoked paprika sugar is to die for, but unfortunately wasn't being served on a weekday morning.

Duck & Waffle
110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
+44 203 640 7310