I’m certain you’re as surprised as I am at the fact that a restaurant offering burgers, ribs and craft beers in a style reminiscent of RocoMamas would offer waffles. Simple they are not. The savoury style is a meal on its own. Chicken curry; bacon, cheese and mushroom; chourizo, guacamole and cheese are their unusual but damn delicious combos. Crispy dough accompanied by bold and rich flavours classes those waffles right up. Of course, they also offer waffles Belgian style but you might go a little more sparingly on the toppings as you have to pay for them individually.
The beyond beautiful and tasty bubble waffles come in nine different flavours, with options like the Bees Knees with vanilla ice cream, chocolate honeycomb and caramel sauce; the Toffee Apple with double caramel ice cream, green apple chunks and candied nuts; and the Wimbledon with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, crushed meringue, cream, chocolate sauce, and a super special Oreo and ice cream covered thing. Another local quirk at Plan B Dessertery is the bottled water. Covered in unique illustrations from Durban designers, the bottles have become collector’s items and people pay a visit to Plan B specifically for their artwork.
Aarya, in Montecasino’s Sun Square Hotel, serves thick and crispy waffles during the week for breakfast, and all day over weekends… which suits us perfectly! Our favourite toppings include syrups, strawberries, seasonal fresh and dried fruits, and any quirky topping you might like to suggest. The waffles are cooked right there in the open kitchen.
Von Pickartz Belgian Waffles
From 27 Boxes to 1 Fox, Von Pickartz is the place to get your syrup traps on (that’s what waffles are!). The waffles are very affordable and made with real brioche dough. Brioche is a versatile dough that is used for buns, breads, rolls and in this instance, waffles. It’s rich and buttery but not too sweet, so that it can be used for both sweet and savoury dishes. Their menu offers Liege waffles with caramelised sugar that slides beautifully across those crispy golden waffle squares. The russet-hued delights come in the Goldilocks sizes: petite, original to extra large, including a stuffed dough option. My knees begin to buckle at the thought of the unique toppings, such as Turkish delight, macadamia nougat and honeycomb to name but a few. Served in a little box you can choose to sit outside and watch the world go by as your worries slowly dissipate under a veil of heavenly crispness. It’s perfect for a casual Saturday, Sunday, Monday – Friday treat.
I had the pleasure of visiting this cosy little waffle house in Edenvale not so long ago, and I must say, I never knew waffles could be served with such a vast selection of toppings! From unique and different savoury toppings (Cajun Chicken Waffle just to name one off the top of my head), to the sweet and decadent, there is a waffle for everyone and every taste at Paoletto Cafe! I thoroughly enjoyed a Caramel and Banana waffle, topped with two generous dollops of ice cream. Definitely worth the visit.
Roxanne’s Rum Eatery
Head to Fourways. You won’t be sorry. Order the Black Waffles. Don’t ask any questions. Just order and enjoy. Ok, fine we’ll tell you a bit more. But, only a bit. So, Roxanne’s Rum Eatery serves up these dark chocolate waffles topped with vanilla ice cream and cream mixed with activated charcoal. Yup. Legit charcoal that makes your teeth look all dark after you’ve eaten it. The taste is awesome and the experience meant to be shared with a friend… and Instagram.
Ciao The Little Eatery
Bubble waffles! Nestled next to Roast and The Venue in Melrose Arch, Ciao sells the Vietnamese dessert known as bubble waffles… which is pretty much waffle batter put in an pocketed iron (have a look at the image below to get a lekker idea of what we’re trying to explain here).
By Samantha Snedorf
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