I am back with another review of Duck & Waffle and this time it is with their evening menu. It was such an enjoyment last time having brunch at Duck and Waffle that we decided to return, to give their evening menu and the high-level view of London a test drive.
Although I preferred the brunch menu over the evening selection, the view in the evening has to be the most beautiful time of the day to view. It was beautiful and the view is such a great addition to a meal. I feel that it is really enjoyable to be having a meal and at the same time sitting beside the window watching the view of London.
That evening we got the opportunity to watch the London sunset, which was a glorious sight. I would have never thought London sky could be so pretty.
As the London sky get darker, the view just get even more beautiful. What more could I ask for a view like this at Duck and Waffle.
The evening menu is different to the brunch menu but with some dishes that appear in both, such as the foie gras all day breakfast and of course the signature dish Duck & Waffle.We opened our meal with the same starter as we did for brunch which was a bag of the BBQ spiced crispy pig ears (£5).
The last time we ordered this starter it was a disappointment, and it had nothing to do with the flavour. It was actually due to the bag not having a red wax seal. So it was excitement when we finally got the seal of approval this time round. Such a tiny thing can make such a different!
The evening menu has a section of raw dishes and we started it off with half-dozen (6) carlingford rock oysters (£16) which are serves with the tradition accompaniments.
Also from the raw section we tried the fillet of beef (£14) which is served with foie gras, truffle and pecorino (a type of Italian cheese).
From the small plate section of the menu we ordered Pollock meatballs (£10) which consisted of fish meatballs in lobster cream sauce and parmesan. The parmesan was not strong at all and nice combination with the lobster cream. To enjoy this dish I recommend to have the lobster cream to provide the flavour to the pollack meatballs.
The hara bhara lamb cutlets (£13) was served with what we believe to have tasted a smoked aubergine puree. I felt it was a great combination with nicely cooked lamb cutlets.
A favourite on our table was the Roasted octopus (£12) served with chorizo, lemon and caper. It was tender octopus which went well with the combination of chopped chorizo and caper.
The Spicy ox cheek doughnut (£9) served with apricot jam, was a dish which we did not order when we were having brunch so we gave it try this time round.
It tasted like a soft savoury donut which was filled with meaty ox cheek. Unique and not bad, but it was not for every one at the table. I just think it is like a pancake which can be served as sweet or savoury.
From the table section of the menu we ordered the signature Duck and Waffle (£17). I could not leave the restaurant with out ordering this dish of a waffle topped with crispy leg confit and fried duck egg. It was served with a small jug of mustard maple syrup. I recommend not to pour all the syrup over the dish because it is very sweet, so only a small amount is needed.
The Cornish mussel & clam casserole (£25) is served with guanciale (unsmoked Italian bacon) and topped with a parsley crumb.
It was choice between the 400g rib eye (£35), the whole roast chicken (£32) or the special of the day which was the chaterberlaind steak. We went for neither of these three and selected the whole roasted honey glazed ham hock (£26). I definitely thought it was a great choice since it was a beautiful ham that was cooked soft and it was not too salted as well.
The ham came served with roasted turnips and carrots, as well some fresh watercress.
We finish the evening dinner with dessert and no question with my choice, as it had to be the torrejas (£8). It was the one dessert that I really enjoyed when I was dining at Duck and Waffle for brunch. This warm dessert consisted of maple caramel apples, brioche bread and custard. It is like eating a bread and butter pudding.
Another favourite for a sweet tooth is the warm chocolate brownie (£8) served with peanut butter ice cream and crunchy caramel. Although, all dessert are great for sharing but this is one I would share because the brownie is so sweet and chocolatey. I would had prefer another scoop of ice cream to balance out the sweetness.
We spent around £40pp including drinks and service charge for a table of 9 people. I remember that we spent less at brunch but then we did not have as many alcohol that we had for our evening dinner.
(Prices correct at the time of dining)
Duck and Waffle brunch review: https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/duck-and-waffle-brunch/
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