We were looking forward to brunch here, having booked three months in advance! The view from the highest restaurant in the UK was, as expected, amazing. The dining area is open space and tables are set near the windows to take advantage of the 360 view. Our view was of East London, however, which didn’t appeal to us as much as the view of the Gherkin would have.
The waiter politely recommended (on request) to go for the signature dish.
Crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, mustard maple syrup, on a waffle. The duck confit was tender and tasty, but we thought the fried egg was superfluous. The mustard maple syrup, like glue, combined the sweet and savoury flavours.
The English Breakfast was the other meal we chose. We enjoyed it, though quite simple compared with the duck confit – pork and herb sausage, two organic poached eggs, dry cured bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, hash brown, Scottish black pudding, sourdough toast. We thought the Bloody Mary was a bit too tomatoey and plain.
Coffee: cortado – excellent!
The service was quick and efficient, but the food did not seem that novel, and we didn’t linger long after our meal. The atmosphere was loud, and there were guests (who hadn’t booked online!) sitting in the bar area, eagerly waiting for their turn.