Hi, my name is Reena and I am a brunch addict. For real, I absolutely love it. Brunch is honestly the best meal of the day because there are no rules: fancy a fry up? Cool. Craving maple syrup drenched pancakes? Alrighty. Fry up followed by something sickly and sweet? Perfect. Plus the whole brunch vibe is extremely lazy and chilled out, with an endless supply of tea and gossip. There’s no 2 hour table booking window and you can really spend time catching up over good food. As well as being a brunch fiend, I’m also a certified Duck & Waffle addict which is why I’m so surprised it took me so long to put two and two together and have brunch in the clouds.
For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Duck & Waffle is situated on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, making it the highest restaurant in the UK and THE place to eat in London. Head Chef Dan Doherty is a genius in the kitchen, devising dishes such as spicy ox cheek donut, all day foie gras breakfast and the signature dish duck & waffle, D&W is one of the rare restaurants that always lives up to the hype which is probably why I’ve been known to visit three times in a weekend.
A couple of weeks ago, I headed over for a well-deserved, languid and slothful brunch catch up with my friend Ophelia who was visiting from Hong Kong. A fellow foodie, Ophe’s trip pretty much revolved around the best restaurants which have opened over the last year and naturally D&W was at the top of the list. Shooting up 40 floors in the lift outside Heron Tower, we both marvelled at the view and how much more beautiful London is from above street level.
We opted for the smoked Scottish salmon with caper salad and flatbread along with the steak ‘n’ eggs benedict followed the Belgian waffle with banana ‘n’ nutella. I’m not normally a huge fan of smoked salmon but loved it with the flatbread and words cannot describe how delicious the braised ox cheek was on sourdough with a nice healthy dollop of Hollandaise sauce. The piece de resistance was definitely the Belgian waffles though, they were perfectly cooked and the banana and homemade nutella (!) worked together so perfectly. So well in fact I’ve already been back for some more. Well, between the view and the food, can you blame me?!