52 Haymarket, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4RP
Duck & Waffle Local is sister restaurant to the ever famous Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate. Launched in April 2017 at St James’s Market, the new destination for dining and shopping close to Piccadilly, it is the new and casual version of the swanky, skyscraper original – open early morning until late, daily!
Set in the heart of Piccadilly and close to theatre-land, it is the ideal place to stop for a quick breakfast or lunch as well as pre/post theatre and cinema. Duck & Waffle Local serves a core menu of duck dishesalong with vegetarian options, drinks are centred around ‘Taps & Tails’ – meaning cocktails on tap (including negronis) and also wine from casks. The cocktails are delicious and lots of fun to try.
Highly recommended are the fried duck gizzards served with English mustard, these small bites are crispy and full of flavour, ideal for a light bite. To accompany the gizzards, try the grilled tenderstem broccoli with chilli, garlic and lemon crème fraiche. A delightful and fresh dish perfect as an accompaniment on a warm summer’s day.
Following starters, the waiter recommended the grilled duck breast satay with spiced quinoa and lime. The duck breast grilled toperfection, soft, succulent and accompanied with a real kick courtesy of the spice quinoa. Following the duck satay was the roasted carrot and spiced chick peas served with zhoug, labneh & pomegranate. This dish was clean, fresh and a great option for both vegetarians or vegans.
Onto dessert – I ordered the caramelised banana with hazelnut chocolate spread and vanilla ice cream – absolute bliss! A truly mouth wateringly tasty dessert experience – soft banana accompanied by a sweet chocolate spread and creamy ice cream.
The service at Duck & Waffle Local was slick and efficient with great waiting staff too. A very lively and buzzy atmosphere with a unique menu – can’t wait to go back!
Reviewed by Slaney O’Brien