From dessert chocolate to breakfast waffles, there’s no denying the Belgians know their sweet stuff. And when it comes to waffles, they've more than got it covered. Denser than a pancake, finished with a moreish golden crust, the waffle gives way to a deliciously crunchy, chewy bite. This is a sweet treat with staying power.
In Sydney, our creative chefs have taken the dessert staple and turned it on its head, serving it up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Whether you like yours sweet, savoury or somewhere in between, there’s a waffle out there that will hit the spot. Here are 10 of Sydney’s finest.
Chicken and waffles are popping up on more and more Sydney menus, and Roastville has put a killer Korean twist on the treat by adding… kimchi! In Marrickville’s foodie hub, the cafe whips up waffles with kimchi, crunchy fried chicken, creamy chilli mayo, rocket, parmesan, peanuts and a punchy lime dressing. It’s tangy and delicious, and the portion is very generous.
157 Victoria Road, Marrickville
If you don’t ‘gram it, it didn’t happen. The Tiny Giant is famous for its insanely Insta-worthy brunches, and its waffles are no exception. The Petersham spot plates up Belgian waffles with strawberries, banana, mixed berries, pistachio, maple syrup, salted caramel and Persian pashmak (aka fairy floss). Have your camera ready, because you won’t want to wait to demolish this!
110 Audley Street, Petersham
Tucked inside The Marly, Miss Peaches loves her waffles – so much so, she has a whole day dedicated to them. On Waffle Wednesdays, this boot-scootin’ bar and ‘soul food kitchen’ whips up American-style waffles coated with the likes of chocolate sauce, vanilla ice-cream and glazed cherries. There’s also a savoury option with Southern fried chicken, bacon and lashings of maple syrup.
Marlborough Hotel, 145 King Street, Newtown
Sometimes, you just want a waffle and a scoop (or three) of creamy, handmade gelato. When the cravings strike, head to Pagoto, where the waffles are made fresh to order, and topped with the gelato of your choice. There's a ton of indulgent combinations to try, but we love the quintessentially Aussie smashed pavlova with strawberries and a drizzle of passion fruit sauce.
301 Victoria Road, Marrickville
Top tip: On the Woolwich peninsula, Ironwood also has a waffle menu to please every palate. Go for the Nutella and roasted nuts, or the apple and cinnamon compote with maple syrup.
When you’re in The Rocks, pop into this café for a strong coffee, and the famous beef brisket waffle. Dry-cured, hot-smoked then slow-cooked for six hours, the brisket is melt-in-your-mouth good on its own, but incredible paired with a crispy waffle, smoked chilli butter, and a runny, oozy poached egg. Meat-lovers, this twist is hard to beat.
195 Gloucester Street, The Rocks
When you get to this playful Potts Point eatery, don’t bother looking at the menu. Order the What’s Up Doc, a carrot cake waffle made with coconut milk, grated carrot, nuts, and a sprinkling of cinnamon, drizzled with maple syrup and topped with edible flowers and a dollop of mascarpone cheese. Light and fluffy, it tastes like a cross between gingerbread and carrot cake, and it’s gluten-free.
36 Llankelly Place, Potts Point
This kitschy, 50s-style diner sure sticks to its theme. It’s all-American, from the ‘diner dolls’ with coifs and red lippie to the pin-up pictures and rock-n-roll soundtrack. Then there’s the food: along with milkshakes and crêpes, the menu has seven monster waffles. Go for the decadent Cookie Madness waffle, with chocolate and vanilla ice-cream, chocolate fudge sauce, and crushed Oreos and Tim-Tams.
137 Enmore Road, Enmore
For Asian-Australian fusion fare, head to Haven. If you love matcha, order the Hokkaido Red Bean & Matcha Waffle. Modelled on traditional Hong Kong egg waffles, it’s topped with coconut cream, red bean, matcha ice-cream, and a Japanese teapot of warm matcha sauce. The mix of sweet and savoury flavours is fantastic, and we love that you can pour on the sauce to your taste.
30-34 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills
Around the corner, this coffee roaster dishes up hearty waffles with sweet and savoury toppings. The menu changes daily, but the indulgent Buttermilk Fried Chicken Waffle is almost always on there. Served with maple bacon gravy, chilli pickled apple, radicchio and roasted hazelnuts for a little crunch, it’s a flavour explosion.
80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
Do you like the simple pleasures in life? At this charming café in Chippendale, the waffles are light, fluffy and filled with rhubarb, maple syrup, and a brown sugar mascarpone yoghurt that’s unlike anything we’ve ever tasted. Crunchy and creamy at once, it’s a textural delight that’ll convince savoury lovers to come over to the sweet side.
92 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Top tip: Hotel Centennial also does a deceptively simple yet mouth-watering waffle, topped with whipped cream, rich caramel sauce, vanilla ice-cream, and praline.