Sometimes traditional and sometimes quirky, the dishes at Duck & Waffle are a playful interpretation of the best of British cuisine, with a light sprinkling of European and American influences.
Open all day and located on the Podium Level of the swanky IFC Mall in Central, Duck & Waffle is one of the latest additions to Hong Kong’s vibrant food scene. Offering the city’s food-crazy folk a playful and indulgent casual drink and dine experience, it showcases a sizeable collection of iconic and beautifully presented British dishes along with some excellent tongue-in-cheek cocktails, like Ducquiri, Waffle On, Ducking Mary and the dark rum-based Duck & Stormy.
The original Duck & Waffle is one of London’s most fashionable and popular eateries. The much-hyped expansion into Hong Kong has been eagerly anticipated following the amazing success of its pop-up kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s lofty OZONE restaurant way back in 2016.
Featuring many of the dishes that helped build the reputation of the original London Bishopsgate restaurant, plus a few extra locally inspired plates, Duck & Waffle has hit the ground running and not only provides a welcome high-quality gastronomic respite for shoppers, but attracts culinary aficionados from far and wide to its convenient modern bar and diner.
For early starters the breakfast menu is available until 11am and includes delights such as a full English breakfast, porridge with maple roasted pecans and banana. There is a selection of sweet and savoury waffles, including the signature Duck & Waffle, a succulent confit duck served on a waffle and topped with a perfectly fried egg and a mustard-infused maple syrup drizzle.
The brunch menu includes most of the breakfast listing but adds in some delicious snacks and mains. Favourite savoury dishes include puy lentils, spicy ox cheek doughnut, and the magnificent foie gras crème brûlée. For a hearty dish, choose from the selection of succulent steaks served with beef fat potatoes and marmite hollandaise, or the juicy cod fillet served with smoked pancetta and garden vegetable vignole.
Available from 11.30am in the week and from 4pm over the weekend, the substantial all-day menu includes the most popular dishes from the breakfast and brunch menus but adds some terrific small and sharing plates, like hara bhara lamb chops and an oversized version of the signature Duck & Waffle.
There is also a collection of classic raw dishes, like beef tartare and the delicious Irish crab. A pile of crab meat served cold with puffed nori, sea vegetables and dollops of oyster mayo, it tastes as good as it looks. If you fancy a light bite, check out the Hokkaido scallops, or the grilled octopus served with skin-on potato wedges, chorizo and capers with a zesty lemon dressing.
Duck & Waffle’s London desserts are legendary, and happily inclined towards tarts and puddings, and they have made their way to Hong Kong. Choose from classic dishes like baked Alaska, macaron ice cream sandwich, chocolate or sticky toffee puddings, or the smooth and tangy miso custard tart.
Duck & Waffle
Shop 1081, Podium Level 1
IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street
Central, Hong Kong
T: (+852) 2267 6338
Exquisite Taste March – May 2020