Duck & Waffle – Part Deux
Since it was the OH’s birthday and I was blown away not only by the views but the incredibly beautiful, experimental food at Duck & Waffle (see first review here), I had to show him what all the fuss was about.
Since first arriving here, I had to book a table 3 weeks in advance as tables are getting harder and harder to book. It must be all the press attention the restaurant is getting. Nevertheless I managed to get a table at 6.45pm on a Wednesday.
Please note – if you don’t want to be left disappointed please make sure you book a table by the window. I forgot to mention this minor detail and was left disappointed by being seated right in the middle of the restaurant – not a great start for the birthday boy.
First to arrive was the yellowfin tuna served with watermelon, balsamic vinegar and a tiny basil leaf. If you’re wanting a fresh, salty, melt in the mouth fish this should be your choice. It’s amazing how delicious a simple mix of ingredients can enhance the flavour of tuna.
If you re-call from my previous review, the crisp BBQ pig ears weren’t available but this time they were. I was delighted as I’d heard & read so many positive reviews. They were crispy and sprinkled with a BBQ-type powder and tasted similar to pork scratchings. Now I’m not a huge fan of pork scratchings but let me tell you the thinner ‘crisp’ like pig ears were a winner in my books; more-ish and you end up just eating the whole bag without realising (oops).
Last time I was incredibly disappointed in the bread, which was hard and dry. This time, the bread was delicious, just out of the oven, with a soft yeasty centre that was every baker’s dream. The OH is a baker and loves making bread and he was delighted with the bread,
It’s such a shame that the slider didn’t come in a pack of 3 or 4 as we could have easily gobbled more than one! A must try if you’re a burger fan and wanting to try something slightly different. The slider was harissa spiced and is what inspired me to create my own interpretation.
The star dish my far on my last visit was the Duck & Waffle so much so that I cheekily ordered one for the OH to fall in love with.
Unfortunately, this didn’t happen and I too was left disappointed; the duck was overcooked and dry and just ruined the entire dish. Afterall there’s no point if all you’re left with is a waffle and maple syrup..
I understand that not all restaurant dishes will be pleasing to everyone and Duck & waffle is no exception, there are dishes that can be improved and some that are just outstanding however I would have expected such a popular dish to remain consistent and I actually felt bad that I ordered this for him on my recommendation.
I think we slightly over ordered as when we saw how big this was, we instantly regretted ordering the Duck & Waffle and the numerous other dishes. The image doesn’t do the plate justice but trust me, this was big.
As soon as the dish arrived at the table, the smell of the ham hock and the sweet sticky glaze was mouth-watering and I couldn’t wait to dig in. The ham was beautiful and tender however the potatoes were a huge let down as they were dry and bland. How can a restaurant serving delicious, experimental flavours get something as simple as potatoes, wrong?
A birthday treat for the birthday boy. This was gone in 2 minutes flat. I love it when restaurants go out of their way to make you feel special and this was a lovely treat.
Even though the OH had a birthday surprise dessert we still went ahead and ordered another to share and this time we opted for the dark chocolate brownie sundae with a peanut crunch. The dish came beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The nutty textures against the creamy-ness of the ice cream and chocolate from the brownie was heaven.
To finish, the OH ordered a liquor coffee & to quote him – ‘This is the best I’ve ever had”. ‘Nuff said.
Overall, most of the dishes were delightful however the main courses (which are much more costly) were a huge let down and again the dishes were hit and miss. I still love Duck & Waffle but I just wonder if the standards are slipping because of how busy the restaurant is getting. Don’t get me wrong though, this is still a restaurant worth visiting and I will probably be back in the near future.
- Duck and Waffle, Liverpool Street