Dining at Duck & Waffle in Hong Kong
Carolynne Dear enjoys dining with the kids at Hong Kong’s new Duck & Waffle restaurant.
It hasn’t quite got the views of its London counterpart, but Hong Kong’s Duck & Waffle is a ‘quacking’ addition to upmarket ifc mall in Central.
Poor puns aside, the restaurant has nestled itself nicely into the corner of Podium Level 1 where Simply Life used to sit.
Long queues deterred me in the first weeks after opening, but now Duck & Waffle seems to have settled into a ‘busy-but-accessible’ dining pattern. I popped in with the kids for an early dinner on a weekday, and although reasonably booked-up, the friendly waitstaff were still able to accommodate my ‘without reservation’ status.
The decor is sleek and cool – I loved the duck-tapestry upholstered chairs – with lots of vibrant reds and greens. This is casual dining done well.
The restaurant is famous for, yes, you guessed it, duck and waffle, which I was slightly apprehensive about. A fried egg is served on a confit duck leg on top of a waffle, with a little pot of mustard maple syrup to pour over the whole shebang. But amazingly, and much to my surprise, it works. Obviously this is of no surprise to the restaurant chain, as they’ve been trading on the unusual signature dish for the past seven years. No fewer than one million duck and waffle dishes have been served in that time. One million diners from Hong Kong to Bishopsgate cannot be wrong.
It’s a punchy combination and I would highly recommend pairing it with a side of baby leaf salad. The vinaigrette on the salad was perfectly mixed and sharp enough to cut through the richness of the duck and the syrup. For lunch, just these two dishes would be ideal, but as I was dining with family in the evening, we added sharing starters to our order.
To be honest, there was nothing I could fault. Everything was nicely presented and full of taste. The boule of house bread with goats cheese and heritage tomatoes was served piping hot from the oven, the grilled 18-hour pork belly incredibly more-ish. But surprisingly it was the puy lentils with a sweet onion ragout that was the standout dish for us. It was a generous, creamy portion and if you were looking for a light lunch, it would work perfectly alongside one of the salads or breads.
The dessert menu was enticing and the kids really enjoyed the peanut butter and jam ice cream sandwich, but after my yummy duck and waffle, all I could manage was a waddle to the nearest taxi rank.
Duck & Waffle, Podium Level 1, ifc mall, Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong.