Best Waffles in Joburg
The best waffles in town
Now before writing this piece, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that the best waffles on my list came from Milky Lane. Throwback to childhood days ordering a plain waffle and ice cream and smothering it in the maple, strawberry, blueberry, honey, caramel and who even remembers what other sauces were available. All I knew was that I had to have them all. But the days of drowned waffles are long behind me and I have been forced to become more upmarket in my taste. Not that I’m complaining as I was like princess Jasmine and shown a whole new world
I’m certain you’re surprised as I am at the fact that a restaurant offering burgers, ribs and craft beers in a style reminiscent of Rocco Mamas, would offer something as simple as 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. Crisp dough accompanied by bold and rich flavours classes those waffles right up. Of course they also offer Belgain style but you’ll go a little more sparingly on the toppings as you have to pay for them individually.
Jo Bean Waffle House
In Northcliff has an interesting array of foods. Two types of breakfast waffles- eggs or berries. The are savoury waffle meals and the rest is hearty, filling American style tramezzinis, cheesy chips, Philly cheese steaks, burgers and cheese dogs as well as some salads. Then, just as you begin to think that the name is a misnomer, you open the menu up to a page entitled; “waffle house wafflery” and there you have it- all the sweet waffles you can imagine. If those aren’t enough, you have the option to make your own. For R49 you get to choose your own treats and sauce with cream or ice cream. I would have to say Jo Bean is a top contender.
Von Pickartz Belgain Waffles
The Melville store is located at 27 Boxes which is an outing in itself. The waffles are very affordable and made with real brioche dough. Brioche is a versatile dough that makes for buns, breads, rolls and in this instance, waffles. It’s rich and buttery, not too sweet that it cannot be used for both sweet and savoury purposes. Their menu offers Liege waffles which are comprised of caramelized sugar that slides beautifully across those crispy golden waffle squares. The russet hued delights range in the Goldilock sizes from petite, original to extra large with the added option of stuffed dough. My knees begin to buckle. Such unique toppings as Turkish delight, macadamia nougat and honeycomb to name but a few. Served in a little box you can take 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.