The last time I spoke with Richard Woods, the bar manager for Duck & Waffle in London, described some of his cocktails in a way that made me green with envy for our seaside city. Woods, by the way, has also created the cocktails for Sushi Samba and Bocce Bar, both in Miami.
Now, the London sensation, located on the 40th floor of a Central London office building, is coming to Miami as part of the Flagler on the River's phase two project, located at 40 SW North River Drive.
According to Miami Today, the tony British import will also share space with its sister restaurant, Sushi Samba. Both restaurant concepts are under the Samba Brands Management flag, along with Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and Bocce Bar.
The project just received approval for the project, and developer the Melo Group expects to break ground on the project in 6 to 8 months time. Samba Brands Management declined to comment on the two restaurants.
Duck & Waffle opened in summer of 2012, and immediately became a hit with its innovative cocktail program and modern takes on traditional British dishes. Although the venue is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reservations are dear and it can take up to a month to get a table. Executive chef Daniel Doherty just published the Duck & Waffle Recipes & Stories cookbook, which is available on Amazon.
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Duck & Waffle is also known for cocktails that stretch the boundaries of ordinary libations. Some signature drinks include a gin and tonic with rose petals, a marmite and Guinness reduction black velvet, and a chocolate and blue cheese martini.
No word, yet, on whether the London menu will be translated to the Miami market.