Night two of the Valentines weekend happened at the Ivy on West Street, the original Ivy!

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After dismissing that anything could beat the sublime views and outrageous menu at Duck & Waffle, The Ivy swooped in and proved me wrong.

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Strawberry Daiquiri 

I absolutely loved the Art Deco decor inside The Ivy. I felt as if I had been catapulted back to the 20’s and 30’s.

We started off the evening with cocktails at the bar.

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For starters, we both had poached egg with hollandaise. The decadence of the decor even spread into the food. It was by far the richest hollandaise I’ve ever had, I felt guilty even eating it but I’ve never had anything like it.

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My main was a lovely squash & kale risotto. The kale was crispy and dry and incidentally tasted exactly like the ‘crispy seaweed’ that is usually found in Chinese cuisine – which I love. The risotto had the beautiful twist of added gorgonzola which made the dish.

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The “Chicken and Chorizo Hotch Potch” was a lovely hearty meal, packed full of flavour and spice. I felt like I’d been transported to a little tapas bar in Spain.

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We can’t forget the sides! This is something that could easily be made at home and I think I’m going to have to. Blue cheese, avocado and spinach salad – three of my favourite things.

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Valentines Day isn’t Valentines Day without CHOCOLATE! This chocolate parfait was actually so good I started laughing midway through eating it because it really was conjuring up so many happy emotions. Even thinking about it right now is making my mouth water slightly and yes, that is pistachio ice cream on the side *drool*.

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A “Malted Milk and Honeycomb Delice with Caramel and Cocoa” was the last dish of the night. It’s safe to say I went straight into a food coma after this meal. I have to thank my boyfriend for this amazing weekend and dinner out!

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I hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day! Comment below with your favourite dish that you ate this Valentines Day, whether it was pizza with your friends or even a healthy home-cooked meal, I’d love to know 🙂

 

I kickstarted Valentines weekend with a surprise dinner at Duck & Waffle from my lovely boyfriend. Duck & Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK, with stunning food to match the stunning views while you dine (not to mention it’s open for business 24/7).

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Duck & Waffle

Upon entering the Heron Tower you are taken up a glass walled lift to the 40th floor. Spectacular views are there to greet you, but this might be a slightly “jelly legged” experience for anyone afraid of heights.

The menu is something a little bit different. You can order very small snacks, bread or small plates to start, followed by a main meal (many of which are to share).

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Dinner with a view

The wine menu doesn’t come in cheap. We payed £56 for a bottle of Malbec but the average price, in my opinion, is around £50-60 for a bottle of wine.

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The “stilton and onion jam bread”(£6) was INCREDIBLE. I was expecting the typical “cheese flavoured bread” with jam on the side, but oh no, this substantial portion of bread was oozing with stilton and still piping hot when it arrived at our table. A definite winner for blue cheese lovers.

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This was followed by the gorgeous “Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes” (£11). I’m a big lover of artichokes but I’ve never had them cooked before. They carried quite a nutty flavour (probably accentuated by the toasted seeds) and they were delicious.

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The last of our small plates was the divine “Angus Beef Tartare” (£11). Meals like this make me wonder how I was ever a vegetarian for four years (sorry to all you veggies). There’s nothing like rare steak. The “marmite egg yolk” in the middle was something a little bit different.

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Continuing with the steak theme, we shared a “38 day aged 500g Angus bone-in Rib-Eye” (£40). I’ve always been fond of cabbage and bacon as a combination and the capers added a nice little twist. It was quite a fatty bit of meat, but packed full of flavour.

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The winner for me has to be the dessert, the Dark Chocolate Sundae (£11). I’d normally opt for savoury over sweet any day but my main weakness is peanut butter ice cream. Want to know exactly what is in that mess? Think peanut butter, dark chocolate, caramel, brownies and some sort of crunchy granola at the bottom.

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We finished off the meal (as if we needed more food) with a box of biscuits (£4).

I would definitely come back to Duck & Waffle just as the sun is setting for a very special dining experience.

If you want to visit: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Take a peak at the website: https://duckandwaffle.com/