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Duck and Waffle

In a city that never sleeps, its almost imperative that there be a restaurant that never sleeps. Staying open 24 hours, and sitting 40 floors high in the middle of London’s financial district, Duck and Waffle has assumed this role in some style.

The vibe of the place instantly makes you want to just have a fantastic time. The restaurant being absolutely packed, with the constant sound of trendy tunes mixed with intense laughter and conversation, makes the ambience unbelievably lively. The big glass windows allow it’s exclusive clientele to look over the city they rule, with panoramic views of London stretching from Canary Wharf to Westminster Abbey.

I went with 3 of their small plates, the roasted octopus, wild cornish pollock meatballs, and the foie gras creme brûlée. Also, the mood seemed to scream out for a cocktail, so I went with a concoction of Jack Daniels, amaro, and smoked maple leaf and autumn flavours called Autumn. The flavour of the whiskey drowned in the aromas of the smoked leaf and autumn flavours made this cocktail hit the senses in multiple ways, leaving a beautiful feeling of wholesome satisfaction after every sip.

The octopus was nicely grilled, with the squeezed lemon juice over the pieces giving it a nice tangy flavour in addition to the fishy taste of the octopus. The meatballs were also very tasty, with the lobster cream giving it a classy dressing and the breaded crumbs on top giving it a nice crunch. The winner though, by a clear margin, was the foie gras creme brûlée. I was initially skeptical about ordering a creme brûlée made out of foie gras, but thank heavens I did. With a crispy top, and a hint of caramel custard, it initially disguises itself as just another creme brûlée, but soon after the wonderful foie gras carrying its baby pieces of butter roasted lobster marches in to remind you that this is a dish of another universe. I’m honestly surprised it wasn’t featured in “Interstellar.” Every bite of this was like the first bite, as the foie gras blends so well with the caramel and lobster that I constantly questioned what it is I was tasting.

I would recommend Duck and Waffle for the creme brûlée itself, however with its spectacular views, drinks, and atmosphere, I would rate it as one of the best spots for a great night out in London I’ve been to so far. On a side note though, our group paid around £80 a person, so a trip here wouldn’t be the best time to forget your wallet!

£160 (2 people)

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

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M1LK

M1LK is so hipster that if it had a nose, it would turn it up at Shoreditch. Bare brick walls, confusing coffee choices, a restaurant front that they couldn’t be bothered to redecorate so they just graffitied their name over the previous restaurant’s sign, faded typewriter font on the menu, neon sign inside and conical flasks as decoration. Oh, and it’s a brunch restaurant.

Regardless of this mesh of confusing distractions, this brunch restaurant has a charming atmosphere. I had the Sweet Maria – sweetcorn fritters, drycure bacon, grilled halloumi, avocado, kasundi, lime (£9.90 and I still don’t know exactly what kasundi is but it’s fun to say). The halloumi and bacon’s saltiness carried through to the crisp sweetcorn fritters, and in mixing with the mysterious spicy tomato-y and mustard seed-y flavoured kasundi, it was and all round delightful plate of food. Even if you’re not quite sure what you’ve ordered at M1LK, I have faith that the friendly staff will drop some good food in front of you.

Next time I might try ‘Billy the Kid’ – Red clover honeycomb, goats cheese, sourdough and flowers. Yes, flowers.

£18 (2 people)

20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG

020 8772 9085

Monday – Saturday: 8am-5pm
Sunday – 9am-5pm

M1LK: Website/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram 

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Koshari Street

Koshari Street sells Koshari. Funny that. And for the gastronomically challenged, Koshari is an Egyptian dish found on the streets as well as in restaurants and homes in Egypt. In essence, it is a carb overload base of rice, macaroni, lentils, vermicelli, and chickpeas, topped with a smooth spicy tomato sauce, nuts and seeds, and crispy onions.

It’s a little hard to get into with it being served in a layered pot (see photo). But if you can mix it all together without spilling half on the floor/yourself, it creates a surprisingly aromatic flavour. Certainly don’t eat this at the start of a day out, you WILL need to nap after this. Or at least plan to do nothing for a while and enjoy the food coma and lingering after taste caused by the 5-man-carb-show base.

£20 (2 people)

56 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA

Open Monday to Saturday: 11.30 am – 11.00 pm

Open Sunday: 11:30 am – 4:00 PM

020 7836 1056

Koshari Street: Website/Facebook/Twitter

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