We’d heard reservations were essential so we phoned six weeks in advance to try and get a Saturday night table and were told the best we could get was a 2pm brunch. Thankfully we took it.
The restaurant is located on the 40th Floor of the Heron Tower which is near Liverpool St., slightly east of the centre. When I went up in the lift my ears popped and I was blown away by the views. Upon entering you’ll find a funky cocktail bar waiting area; this isn’t somewhere where you’re shown straight to your table. Once inside the restaurant you’ll have unrivalled panoramic views all over the city.
The menu is a unique selection of European inspired dishes by their award winning chef. We all went for the signature dish and namesake the Duck and Waffle, which come with a maple syrup and mustard glaze and is delicious. Then we shared a waffle desert which came with honeycomb ice cream which was also divine. I’m pleased to say that unlike other skyscraper restaurants with mediocre food and service who rely on the views, the Duck and Waffle is sublime and would be a hit even if it were in a basement.
Given the lengthy booking lead time it’s the type of place people come to celebrate or for a day out, so plan on spending at least a couple of hours in it. The food is reasonably priced for a fine dining establishment, but the cocktails are pricey, so sip slowly unless you’re feeling flush.
Finally, it’s worth noting there’s a restaurant called Sushi Samba on the floor below which is run by the same group. Not liking Sushi I’ve never been, but I’ve heard people rave about it. So, if you can’t get that reservation or just want to enjoy the spectacular views it’s a good back-up choice.