Duck and Waffle {London}

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset I am guilty of having moments when I let my mind wander, and I think about the things of the past... Things I was supposed to have let go of a long time ago, the things I did wrong, the things I did right. And then there are things like really good breakfasts.

Breakfasts that you just can't seem to forget.

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Breakfasts that just leave you wanting more... Even when you are millions of kilometres away from that breakfast place.

The kind of breakfast you wake up at six in the morning on your last day of holiday for (and make the rest of your family wake up for too). The kind of breakfast that is worth it. This place is open 24/7, but it is so hard to get a reservation! At a "godly" hour, that is. We made a reservation the night before for 7:30 the next morning, driven primarily by my desperation to try the famous dish that the whole restaurant is named after - the Duck and Waffle!

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This was probably one of the best breakfasts that I had on the entire trip, if not the best. Let's deconstruct it, shall we?

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The egg, well... Eggs are perfection, and to me you can never go wrong with eggs. They go perfectly with anything and everything (my father would disagree though), and the fried duck egg is such a good touch.

The crisp skin of the duck was crunchy, salted goodness, and the meat of the duck retained its tenderness despite the skin being fried to perfection, for it wasn't dry or tough. The maple syrup, when poured atop, added an excellent depth of flavour to the duck and it was truly looking at things in a new light - I would have never thought of eating duck with maple syrup before, but now I think it is a fantastic idea.

The waffle, perfect. Crisp and fluffy, just how I like it. When my sister first saw that these were Belgian waffles, her mind immediately turned to the Liege waffle, all-too-commonly known as a Belgian waffle. But those are merely a variation of the Belgian waffle - the real Belgian waffle, my friend, is actually rather similar to the American waffle. It simply has more air pockets, making it lighter and crisper. These were the perfect accompaniment to the duck, for the plain and simple waffle highlighted the contrast between the sweet and savoury. Cut a piece of duck, a square of waffle and a bit of the egg, dip it in some maple syrup (or drench the entire plate in maple syrup before hand) and pop the whole thing in your mouth.

Relish it, and appreciate the importance of each component. Look at the view, and start to see the world in a different light. Think about how ducks and waffles are such an odd combination but they go together better than peanut butter and jelly.

I'm starting to realise that waffles are so much more than a mere dessert dish. Waffles are incredibly versatile, and they could actually be variable substitutes for a number of things - rice, noodles, bread, and so on! Use them in a main course, instead - because you can! They do an amazing job in highlighting flavours and flavour combinations, yet are so underrated because of their stereotype. However, with places like Duck and Waffle and Revelry popping up, this stereotype may soon change!

As you may have noticed, this dish was so good that I didn't even take any half-eaten shots of my food, for I was too busy enjoying it. Coupled with the rising sun, watching the city wake up, it was really the best way to end my trip, and the best breakfast to end with, with the best company. The view is quite amazing, and the atmosphere is perfect. I also had the loveliest French waiter - it was really a pleasure to have been served by him.

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Do head to this place if you have the chance to - I have heard varying reviews on it, ranging from fabulous to overrated, but the best way to find out is to really try it for yourself. I did, and it was fantastic. I do hope you think so too.

Duck and Waffle Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Open 24 hours

Burger & Lobster

Before my London trip, I already had a mental list on the places that I had to, had to, had to try when I was there and Burger & Lobster was one of them. I think my sisters were sick of me going on about it, given how often I talked about it! Honestly, I was never really a lobster person until recently but after seeing all those beautiful pictures of lobster rolls on Instagram (I swear, having an Instagram is bad for your waistline) - I was dying to try it. After a lovely morning walk through Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland one morning, we made our way to the Burger & Lobster at Clarges Street and although we made it there by 11:45 (the restaurant opened at 12), there was already a queue! But I suppose this was to be expected, given the strict no-reservations policy and its popularity.

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My family ordered a total of four lobster rolls and two whole lobsters (although in the end we had a total of five rolls as the waitress accidentally spilled some coke on a half-eaten lobster roll and replaced it with another one).

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So I had the lobster roll which was basically a toasted brioche bun stuffed with lobster meat, served with garlic butter, a side salad and fries. The meat was succulent and the brioche bun was the perfect complement to it, with its crisp exterior yet a soft, buttered interior. I normally skip out on the bread when I'm getting full and focus on the meat, but this bun was just too good to ignore. I could have even eaten it on its own! The garlic butter was an amazing touch, poured over the meat it provided an explosion of flavours in the mouth. The garlic taste wasn't too strong (such that it would give you bad breath when you eat too much), which I also really liked.

the interior of the lobster roll

 

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My parents had a whole lobster each and judging by how they did alone, I would say the lobster must have been pretty good because my mom managed to finish pretty much the whole thing by herself - a feat rarely achieved, so this definitely says something! As did my dad (although him finishing his food is not so rare), who polished off a whole lobster along with a lobster roll and a bit.

Oh, and I must give the fries a special mention! I am a real sucker for fries - especially when you add a bit of truffle oil and/or truffle shavings (hence the name, trufflebeth). But that aside, fries are my best friend. Or one of my best friends. These fries were lovely and crispy, just how I like them. They were also well-salted, another plus point! After I was stuffed to the brim, I continued picking at them.

Although we only ate lobsters despite the restaurant's name being Burger & Lobster, my uncles tried the burger upon their visit to the branch in Soho and they said that it was disappointing, but please do drop a comment if you have personally tried any of their burgers and have feedback on it, for I would be quite interested to hear any!

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They have quite a few branches across London, so you can head to their website here to find the exact addresses and opening hours! Enjoy :)