Harden's survey result
“At midnight, perched high above London in this flashy 40th-floor restaurant, it’s thrilling watching the lights of the traffic; and the signature duck & waffle dish with maple syrup was like none we have tasted before” – that’s the fanboy view on this luxury diner at the top of the City’s Heron Tower, and the fact that it’s open 24/7 makes it a big brunch destination. Sceptical diners were more in evidence this year, though, criticising the “stodgy and unbalanced” menu, or “food that’s average, but a bill that’s WAY above average”: “once you take away the hype, that you can eat in the middle of the night and it’s up a skyscraper, it’s actually nothing special”. “Getting a reservation can be difficult, though: book way ahead and eat at a strange hour!”
“The lift up is a little scary” (in a good way), but the payoff is the “breathtaking view” from this “trendy-but-tasteful” venue on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower (adjacent to Sushisamba): a natural choice both for a business or romantic occasion. Most – but not all – reporters feel its slightly wacky menu (the restaurant being named for its signature dish) is “well conceived” and – aided by the fact that it’s open 24/7 – the place is particularly popular for its “sophisticated and interesting breakfast dishes”.
“The view is jaw-dropping” on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower (next to Sushi Samba) – “an ideal date spot” that’s “worth it for the lift-ride alone” (the fastest in western Europe). “No doubt this is factored into the bill”, but most reporters feel it’s “not overpriced” all-things-considered. Some of the combinations on its meaty, calorie-laden menu sound “insane”, and views divide on the end-result: “unusual and delicious” in most cases, but “really awful” in a few. Brunch is the best bet.
“You are admittedly paying for the astonishing views”, at this arguably “completely over-priced”, 24/7 neighbour to SushiSamba, on the 40th-floor of the Heron Tower. No one disputes the “wow factor” though, and many reports are surprisingly complimentary regarding its “chunky, meaty fashionable food and sharing plates”, including “the eponymous signature dish”. Top Tip – “really delicious breakfast”. (Coming soon: a second branch is set to open in late 2016 in the new St James’s Market development).
Duck & Waffle Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The sparkle has gone - most of the clientele are there for the view not the food, and the chef clearly knows it. Greasy, heavy, overpriced and uninspired"
"Tasty breakfast - no view because of weather. Banana waffle; tea; orange juice. £50 for 2."
|Wine per bottle||£33.00|
110 Bishopsgate, Heron Tower, London, EC2N 4AY
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||6 am‑4 pm, 5 pm‑11 pm|