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Duck & Waffle Edinburgh: Opening date and times, what's on the menu and how to book

London's Duck and Waffle will open soon in Edinburgh's St James Quarter.

Published: January 10, 2023
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Duck & Waffle will open the doors to its Edinburgh restaurant on 1 February, bringing the brand's first UK venture outside of London.

The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and will have a modern look and menu.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first guests into Duck & Waffle Edinburgh," said Duck & Waffle Brand Founder Shimon Bokovza.

“From the stunning interior design to the creative dishes on our menu it’s an experience that promises elements of surprise and delight for those who dine with us – no matter the time of the day.”

At the helm of Duck & Waffle Edinburgh’s kitchen is culinary director Daniel Barbosa and executive chef Lucia Gregusova.

What's on the menu at Edinburgh's Duck & Waffle?

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh

The menu is built around its namesake dish - made with crispy duck leg confit, fried duck egg and a mustard maple syrup on a buttermilk waffle.

It will feature on the Edinburgh menu along with a range of other signature, and location-specific dishes.

Menu items in Edinburgh include: Pulled Aubergine with lyonnaise onions, goat’s curd and chervil, and Hispi Cabbage with miso brown butter, caperberries, and crispy shallots.

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From the raw offering there's hand-dived scallop with apple, jalapeño, and truffled orange dressing; and the brand’s staple Angus beef tartare with pickled onion, mustard, Marmite-cured egg yolk, and crispy bread.

There's also Duck Sliders – prepared with crispy shallots, scamorza, harissa mayo, and the option to add seared foie gras for a bit of indulgence.

And, the decadent Deep Fried Haggis Bar - a rich layering of ox cheek, haggis, and duck fat caramel, served with a side of Bovril.

Rounding out the ‘All Day’ menu are large plates like the famous Duck & Waffle, the whole roasted Sea Bass with lilliput capers, potatoes, mussels, beurre blanc, and coriander; and grass-fed steaks sourced from Scottish-local John Gilmour Butchers, distinguished for the extraordinary flavour of their meat, and their sustainable farming efforts.

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Edinburgh Duck & Waffle breakfast and brunch menus

Dishes available for breakfast and brunch include: Duck Benedict prepared with smoked duck breast, the Full Elvis with PBJ, caramelised banana, Chantilly cream, and all the trimmings, served over a waffle, or the Duck Egg en Cocotte with wild mushrooms, Gruyère, truffle, and soldiers.

New creations for Edinburgh include the Homemade Chickpea Dhal with grilled flatbread, poached eggs and coriander, and Shakshuka with harissa yoghurt and black chili flakes.

For those with a sweet tooth, there's Torrejas – a take on French Toast made with maple caramel apples and served with cinnamon ice cream, and the Sticky Toffee Waffle with butterscotch caramel sauce and clotted cream.

Speaking of the new opening, culinary director Daniel Barbosa said: “Edinburgh is one of the most charming cities I’ve been to.

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“I came across beautiful produce and that has influenced the way the menu was designed.

"All of our beef, cheese, and shellfish are from Scotland – the quality of the Scottish products is second to none.

"These preferred purveyors range from Campbell & Sons Quality Meat, Central Produce, and I.J. Mellis cheesemongers, to George Anderson & Sons, David Lowrie Fish Merchants, and Ochil Foods – to name a few.”

What's on the drinks menu?

The Yolk's on You cocktail

Known for its iconoclastic cocktails and signature walk-around cocktail bar, Duck & Waffle Edinburgh will offer a full drinks menu of new things to try and classics.

Highlights include the bottled Duck & Stormy with Bacardi Carta Negra rum, coconut, lime, and ginger juice, and the culinary-minded Bone Marrow Cosmopolitan crafted with bone marrow-infused Grey Goose.

There's also the Waffle on the Rocks with waffle-flavoured Portobello vodka, St Germain elderflower liquor, Drambuie, and lime cordial layers in nostalgia, while the Yolk’s on You with vanilla vodka, oat milk, green Chartreuse, agave, features bright floral notes and refreshing acidity.

How to book Duck & Waffle Edinburgh

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh reservations are now open, and can be made via the website. The restaurant accepts bookings up to two months in advance.

Opening hours of Duck & Waffle Edinburgh

Sunday -Wednesday 8am -12am

Thursday - Saturday 8am - 1am

Address:

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh, St James Quarter, 400-402 St James Crescent, Edinburgh, EH1 3AE

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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