Duck and Waffle
One of the things I like most about Valentine’s Day in our house is that there isn’t a need to do anything amazingly ostentatious, expensive and pink and fluffy. As you may have gleaned by now, we don’t need much of an excuse to indulge. There is always a reason to celebrate (“It’s National Tortilla Chip Day! Fancy a Margarita?”) so we do tend to punctuate our year with meals and cocktails, rather than save the fun for just one day.
Last autumn, for some reason I fail to remember, we decided to splash out on what turned out to be the most memorable – and yes, romantic – meal of our year.
24-hour restaurant Duck and Waffle is located on the 40th Floor of Heron Tower, one of London’s tallest buildings. The exterior glass lifts take just 24 seconds to reach the summit of the tower and as you speed up the side of the building you know that you have something special in store. From the moment we arrived, the service we received was impeccable; warm and attentive without being intrusive. It felt like a five-star experience without any of the stuffiness.
We were seated at the window, with a magnificent view of the Gherkin and Tower Bridge to the left and the Pass to the right. There’s something totally wonderful about dining that high up, looking out over the bright lights of the city. Especially when you have an expertly crafted cocktail in hand (the cocktail menu is literally fantastic but more on that another time).
And the food! The food was out of this world. A rich affair, our meal was heaving with punchy flavours and indulgent textures. Such as the foie gras crème brûlée served with butter roasted lobster and toasted brioche, and the eponymous dish of the house, which was served with a fried duck egg and mustard maple syrup.
The whole experience was first class. We felt totally decadent and we loved every minute of it.
Whatever you end up doing this weekend, we hope you indulge in a bit of what you fancy and make it one to remember!
For more information and to book your own Duck and Waffle experience click here.