Waffles are a highly underrated sweet breakfast dish, not quite a pancake, but equally as delicious.
Hailing from Belgium and extremely popular in the US, the thick golden, lattice-like treats were somewhat of a rare delicacy in Australia.
However, there are a growing number of venues on the Gold Coast serving up the sweet, topping laden goodness that are waffles, here’s our list of the top 5 spots.(listed from north to south).
Whether you’re looking for a sweet or a savoury fix, Cardamom Pod has got you covered, in two sweet locations too. The Double Chocolate Waffles are some of the most instaworthy waffles we’ve seen, but just as scrumptious too, made with salted caramel ice cream, chocolate sauce, strawberries, salted caramel sauce, Oreo crumbs and meringue crumble. But if you’re looking for a savoury brekky, order the Indian Street Food Waffle, consisting of a spinach pakora waffle, with roast pumpkin, potato peanut fritter, beetroot-coconut yoghurt raita, tomato chutney, avo and mumbai trail mix. You’ll be waffling on about them for days…
Brickworks, Ferry Road, Southport & 2685 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Fresh off the streets of Hong Kong (aka Hong Kong street food) bubble waffles have taken the dessert world by storm and we are lucky enough to have one in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Not your traditional waffle square, these ingenious creations are bubble waffles topped with the most delicious of sweets and wound into a cone shape (can eat on the go). The Galaxy is a charcoal waffle with star lollies in the bubble pockets, RAINBOW ICECREAM, fresh cream, sprinkles, Fruit Loops, chocolate sauce and icing sugar and if that’s not the best thing you’ve ever heard, do you even dessert.
Shop 10, 2 Elkhorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
The team at Elk Espresso have not only nailed the sweet waffle but are bowling people over with their new savoury waffle too. Sweet first… the Violet Crumble Waffles is served with Honeycomb + Dark Chocolate Ganache + Lilac Ice Cream + Gold Flakes. We’re so glad Violet Crumble has come back into our lives. Now the savoury (we don’t expect you to finish both, but a tough choice)… Byron Bay Pork Belly + Poached Eggs + Chipotle Hollandaise + Pickled Heirloom Vegetables. Don’t delay, this guys are on the Winter menu only!
Shop 44 The Oasis, Charles Avenue, Broadbeach
Expect next level waffles at the mecca of dessert goodness – Cowch. The options are endless but you can’t go past the Nutella Waffle Sandwich with a stack of two waffles, a generous scoop of chocolate icecream, a handful of strawberries and obviously, a generous amount of crowd-favourite, Nutella. It’s a sugar coma waiting to happen.
Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Easy Street Diner
An American-style diner serving up traditional style eats, Easy Street Diner bring you a combination you never thought possible – chicken and waffles. That’s right, Belgian waffles baked to order with southern chicken tenders, maple syrup and whipped butter. Additional crispy bacon comes highly recommended.
Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (between Peerless and Sunbrite Ave)
Oh My, Waffle
Have we left the best for last? We’ll let you decide, but Oh My, Waffle opened last year as your one-stop waffle shop. A whole venue, just for waffles. Yes please! Dishing up the waffle desserts of your dreams thanks to the sweet, after-dinner-dish loving hearts of two local gals, Jessica and Courtney. There are 16 different waffles to devour additional vegan options too), but we suggest starting with the classic Straight Outta Burleigh! (big fan of the name…) consisting of a golden waffle topped with strawberries, brownie pieces, melted Whittaker’s Creamy Milk chocolate, ice cream & whipped cream. What’s not to love?
Shop 6,1837 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith.