Duck & Waffle: everybody's waffling
|Duck & Waffle|
|Crispy cod tongues|
Adjusting to the height and the incredible view at the top of the tower, I was told by the maitre d' that I didn't actually have a booking. I grabbed a cocktail (G&T with yuzu at £11, ouch!) while they looked into it. It turned out that the person I spoke to earlier in the day had booked a table for 5.45pm the following Friday. It was not a problem though, and we were shown to a table in the largely empty restaurant, which stayed that way through most of the time we spent there.
|Scallop, apple, black truffle, lime|
The rest of food came at various intervals but we didn't feel particularly rushed. The scallops were served sashimi style on a stick of Himalayan salt, with apple and black truffle. Our waitress told us to eat this with our fingers, rubbing the scallop on the salt plinth to flavour it. Perhaps straight after the BBQ pig ears was not the best time to eat another salty dish but I couldn't taste any of the black truffle. The apple was a nice touch though.
I avoided the All Day Breakfast (I'm still not convinced) and instead saved room for the D&W dish. This was a surprisingly great but familiar combination to me. It reminded me of my years living in Amsterdam and eating pannekoeken met spek, or pancakes layered with strips of bacon which I would then drown in maple syrup. The sticky and sweet balancing the fatty and salty. I hear your stomach churn a bit, but don't knock it until you've tried it. The D&W version is a bit more refined with the fried duck egg and the beautiful tender confit duck but the essence is still there.
|Roasted Essex beetroot|
Speaking of wines, there was not much choice in terms of wine by the glass. I'm not sure I know too many people who would pay £18 or £25 for a glass of vino (these are actual prices). At the lower end of the scale I opted for a US Riesling which was all sparkling apple juice and a Portuguese red which left little impression at all. In the end, we ended up paying more for booze than we did for food which either means the food is pretty cheap (actually, it is good value) or the wine prices are, shall we say, optimistic.
|Octopus, chorizo, capers, lemon|