Duck & Waffle Local in St James’s Market

We like the Duck & Waffle and enjoy the experience of delicious food with perfect views of London.  It’s a popular place, and is quite hard to get a table without a reservation.  So when we heard the Duck & Waffle were opening a “Local” branch near Piccadilly Circus, we were keen to visit.

The Duck & Waffle Local is in the snazzy new St James’s Market area near Piccadilly Circus, among other new restaurants (for example Michelin-starred Aquavit, which we’ve reviewed here).

The Local is a casual walk-in with a modern, fast-food vibe. No reservations required.

We met at the bar, where they serve cocktails on tap. I tried the millennial mojito – a lightly carbonated drink mixing Bacardi carta blanca, preserved mint and lime. Refreshing!

From the bar we were shown to a table.  We then ordered and paid at the counter.  The counter displayed the menu on chalkboard, much like a fast-food place.  The dishes were delivered swiftly.

Like the original restaurant, the menu is very duck-focused, and included classics like the duck & waffle. The duck & waffle consists of confit duck leg and fried duck egg on a waffle, with mustard maple syrup on the side. It’s a combination that works.

There are also some new dishes, including the duck burger, which was delicious. The duck burger is a soft bun burger with crispy duck leg, crushed noodles, miso mayonnaise and spiced stew.

We tried a few new bites including crispy duck necks with BBQ seasoning, and duck liver crème brulee with charred sourdough.

We also tried the crispy duck gizzards served with English mustard, and duck fat fries with rosemary salt.

The restaurant serves from 8am through to 1am.  The prices are very reasonable.  We give it 4.5 out of 5 stars for casual dining and atmosphere, and will be back. We were also allowed to take a red rubber duck!

Looking for other reviews? Try London Helicopter, Lock’d Escape Room, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra with their imaginary journey of Haydn‘s music at the Barbican, EG Chauffeurs (for the best chauffeur service in London) Galvin at the Athenaeum (for fine dining), or Gruvelageret (for fine dining at the North Pole).

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