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By Heather• 16 Sep 2015 • 12 Comments
Everywhere I go lately I’m seeing waffles. Not just long-time favourites like the ricotta and berries at Sweet Mother's Kitchen, or Leuven’s weekday load-em-up fruit variety, but all manner of savoury and sweet.
So to answer this most important question, I decided to undertake a waffle mission.
Their black doris and chocolate ganache waffles were well textured with rich complimentary flavours. I ran out of plum before I ran out of either chocolate or waffle, but didn’t need the whole plateful anyway. They also offer jam and cream, or salted caramel versions (I note the black doris and chocolate has since changed to banana and bacon).
Despite not being sure I could stomach fried chicken in the morning, I was well surprised. The sweet maple complimented the tender and tangy buttermilk chicken nicely, and the waffle provided some carb balance. I may just eat all chicken this way in future (although beware the waffles beneath the chicken go soggy fast so deconstruct quickly).
It was a close run thing between the smoked pears with hot Byrds custard, nuts and candied bacon or the savoury Tuscan, relish, cheese and spiced sausage. But given my curiosity about unusual options,Tuscan it was. I really enjoyed the balance of flavours and felt rather Mediterranean by the end, wishing I’d ordered a glass of wine as well. These guys have the most interesting toppings around town in my view, and excellent value at $12.
The beauty here is creating your own masterpiece from a list of waffle extras. Although the ice cream was calling, I decided to have a crack (ha!) at scrambled eggs and crispy bacon for good measure. Again, the savoury was nicely enhanced by the touch of maple, and I’m going back real soon for more of that smokey bacon (possibly even with vanilla ice cream….).
Here you decide how many layers of flavour you fancy by starting with delicious golden waffles and a base syrup (in this case elderflower and blackcurrent), then decide yes or no to suggested additions (yes to the coconut yoghurt and no to the bacon). Given the delicious golden waffle and unique flakey coconut yoghurt, I’m glad I didn’t overload it.
Nutritionists and health fanatics turn away now. Light and crispy waffles are lashed (literally) with any kind of sweetness you can imagine – oreos, white chocolate, gooey caramel, the list is endless. I figured the lemon meringue pie with slightly scorched meringue might provide a little protein balance, but not really. I’d recommend LWS for dessert. Hard to argue at $7 but note BYO seating.
The buckwheat and nutmeg waffles were a surprise as neither the menu nor staff indicated the topping, other than to ask if I wanted bacon. I’m glad I ordered crispy bacon as it added texture to the soft cinnamon and cardamom spiced poached cherries beneath, offset by a dollop of yoghurt and slivers of almond and dark chocolate. Great flavours together.
And here’s a few I didn’t get to:
Holy Batman. I think waffles really might be the new black.
Any others we should be checking out?
Georgia meets maker and baker Brigid of Milk Crate cafe.