Dazzling Views And Dreamy Dishes: Our Review Of Iconic Rooftop Restaurant Duck And Waffle's Three-Course Sunday Roast

I usually find myself in the Bishopsgate area for business rather than pleasure, but that all changed when I got the the chance to secure a Duck And Waffle booking. I'd eaten at this sky-high restaurant once years before but never forgotten it, so I jumped at the opportunity to to dine in their rooftop paradise once again. There are few City venues quite as iconic as this one, and as we were whisked up to the Salesforce Tower's 40th floor by their super speedy lift, the anticipation increased with our height.

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It's all about style and substance at this swish spot.

Right from the Duck And Waffle entrance, you can tell that this is a pretty luxurious spot. We were met in the modern, graffiti-covered bar section by friendly hosts who offered to take our coats, before leading us through to the gorgeous restaurant. This is where you really get to appreciate the views, as three of the four walls are made entirely of floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over London, with the cityscape stretching as far as the eye can see. The back of the dining area is taken up by an open kitchen, where you can watch the talented chefs creating their masterpieces.

We were lucky enough to bag a table right in front of the window, so of course the first five minutes were spent trying to nail the perfect Instagram picture. But shortly after, we were distracted by the extensive cocktail list. I began with a Tropic Of Conversation (£17), an elegant, exotic drink that combined passionfruit liqueur and triple sec with pineapple juice and Champagne. This was described as an 'easy-sipping tipple', and they were certainly right, as I couldn't get enough of it. My dinner date chose a paloma (£16), the fresh, fruity tequila blend of watermelon, agave, lime and grapefruit.

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Pair the Duck And Waffle bar menu with incredible views.

As we were visiting on a Sunday, it had to be the roast menu (£55 per person), which includes three hearty courses of high-quality British fare. Although the restaurant was full to the brim, we were surprised by how quickly we were presented with each dish. First up, we both ordered the corn ribs, sprinkled with a spicy, flavourful mix of black garlic and fermented chilli flakes. This was served in a sweet, sticky barbecue sauce, that although messy to eat, was to die for. Even though this was a starter, the portions were incredibly generous, and the moreish flavour made it hard to leave room for mains.

But we definitely managed, as we both dived into the star of the show. My choice of roast was the mushroom and camembert wellington, which had an earthy taste that combined perfectly with the tangy cheese oozing from the centre, all surrounded by buttery, flaky pastry. My partner opted for the corn-fed chicken instead, a sizeable on-the-bone cut that had a crispy skin encasing the tender meat inside. Both dishes were paired with sweet, maple mustard-glazed parsnips, fluffy roast potatoes and giant, doughy Yorkshire puddings, sat on top of a bed of spiced carrot purée and coated in a rich gravy.

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The Sunday menu is serving up seriously Instagrammable plates.

Last up on the Duck And Waffle menu - pudding. Neither of us could decide which of the two desserts we wanted, so naturally we ordered one of each to share. The first of these was a Biscoff cheesecake, topped with both biscuit crumbs and an indulgent sauce of the same flavour. This stunning display was finished with shavings of white chocolate, overall making for an extremely sweet treat - though it wasn't sickly at all. The cheesecake itself had a beautifully creamy texture and a not too overpowering taste, with a firm base tying it all together below. Secondly, we tried their sticky toffee waffle, served with a generous mound of clotted cream on top and drizzled in a sugary butterscotch caramel sauce. The desserts here are definitely suited to those with a sweet tooth, but I would order them again in a heartbeat.

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Duck And Waffle's London menu did not disappoint, and considering the location, it was pretty good value for money too. Each of the courses was bigger than expected, so you certainly won't leave hungry after devouring their three-course roast. As good as the food was, the views are the real draw for this sky-high destination, since you won't find a restaurant with much better panoramas of the city while you dine. So for a date night night with a difference, a special occasion group meal or just for the visuals, this spot is well worth the visit.

  💰 The damage: £143 for a three-course Sunday roast for two with a cocktail each.

  📍  The location: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY.

  👌 Perfect for: A picture-perfect date night.

 ⭐ Need to know: You can nab three-course meals on Sundays for £55.


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