Mum has had a very tough year and on her actual birthday I was unfortunately away in India (hence the radio silence on the blog – more information to come) so on my return I’d arranged for a little day out to treat her.
First up was The Art of Brick at The Old Truman Brewery. This goes back to when I was younger and building Lego. I’d head off to school and come back to find Mum had continued building while I was out. It’s now become a running joke that she normally gets a lego kit every Xmas so how could we resist seeing the exhibition. It’s a travelling exhibition showcasing the works of American artist Nathan Sawaya.
The rooms are themed throughout starting with the ‘Ancient Room’ and ending with the ‘British Room’. There are great replicas of the originals like The Kiss (Lovers) by Gustav Klimt.
As you start to go further through you encounter more of Nathan’s own creations which are impressive but the description / name that goes along side is a tad corny.
Like the below is meant to represent himself as a lawyer with the artist inside trying to get out.
A lot of effort has gone into building them and the scale of some of them like this dinosaur is quite something.
The exhibition is in London until 12th April and it’s definitely worth giving it a visit, especially with children although they will likely whizz through! Just shows the youth of today when you get to the lego play room, the lego tables were completely empty while all the kids were engrossed in the video games.
Next stop was Duck & Waffle for lunch up at Heron Tower although we had some time to kill so wandered around Spitalfields and took a look at the Broadgate Ice rink to get us in the Christmas mood.
Now onto the food, after you whizz up to the 40th floor you enter the small bar and surrounded by excellent views. The restaurant decor is looking a little tired since it opened just under three years ago but it had a lovely informal feel which was just what we like.
The menu consists of lots of small plates and larger plates all to be shared within your party which is a nice way of doing it.
We had a goats cheese and bacon bread, along with lovely bacon wrapped dates with sausage meat and a cheesy, mustard sauce.
Next to share were the wild cornish pollock meatballs which had a dumpling like texture kept moist by a tasty lobster cream topped with crispy parmesan.
My personal favourite was the Smoked mozzarella salad which was littered with granola throughout giving it an extra crunchy texture.
It wouldn’t have been a trip to Duck & Waffle without trying their signature dish which was topped with a huge duck egg and a pot of mustard maple syrup. Surprisingly they all went very well together but wasn’t exactly fine dining.
It was a lovely day out with the family and both places are worth a visit especially Duck & Waffle for a view and to treat someone in London. Happy Birthday Mum!?