It's a truth universally acknowledged that the best meal of the day is breakfast, closely followed by dessert. Imagine therefore, a mystical place that somehow combines all of these elements into a single, mind-blowing culinary event – all day breakfast waffles that you can have for lunch, and dessert waffles that you can have for dinner.
Pitcher and Iron is a relative newcomer in Subiaco, where new bars and restaurants are springing up faster than relatives after a Powerball win. Tucked away on Railway Rd (next to another brilliant new restaurant, New Normal) Pitcher and Iron is open all dayTuesday to Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dessert and offers a fascinating range of savoury and sweet waffles made into extraordinary meals that are guaranteed to make you smile.
While the media may be making lots of noise recently about millennials wasting their house deposits on smashed avo on toast, just wait until they hear about the fact you can have smashed avo on waffles. And these aren't just any old waffles, but authentic liege waffles, based on the traditional recipe with plenty of real butter and sugar, and made fresh to order.
Pitcher and Iron is located in Subiaco, a short walk from the train
The sweet waffle menu is only available from 3pm to 10pm and ranges from The Iron - a basic waffle with ice cream/cream and drizzled Belgian chocolate at $8.95 to the Jean Claude ($15.95) which includes signature Beer ice cream, maple bacon, honeycomb pieces and crumbled Specaloos (a spiced shortbread).
In between, you have waffles served with eye-watering flavours such as Persian fairy floss and pavlova ice cream, baked cinnamon apple pieces and salted caramel or brown sugar roasted bananas and caramel popcorn.
The savoury menu is available between 8am and 2pm and is even more exciting, and not just because it replaces boring old toast with crunchy delicious waffles.
The smashed avo waffle ($14), my friend's favourite, incorporates a freshly made waffle, feta, smashed avocado and eggs your way. For a few extra dollars, you can choose to add bacon or smoked salmon.
I chose the chicken bites waffle ($18) in which the sweet and soft waffle was perfectly offset by a generous portion of juicy yet crunchy chicken bites, large pieces of crispy bacon, oozy melted cheese and tangy salsa. The plate was prettily decorated with swirls of pesto, fresh sprouts and tiny wedges of tomato and edible flower petals.
Other savoury flavours include the equivalent of a big breakfast ($22) with eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms and hashbrown, a waffle with pulled pork, poached eggs and hollandaise ($18) and croque madame with smoked ham, béchamel sauce, grilled cheese and fried eggs ($16).
There are plenty more flavours, both sweet and savoury, and you can make them as simple or elaborate as you desire. Kids have a simple sweet option with berries and butterscotch sauce ($10) and there is also a range of ice cream flavours available as well.
There are a range of juice and milkshakes available as well
If this wasn't already enough, you can also find some extraordinary milkshake flavours (maple bacon in a milkshake anyone?), plus some more ordinary menu items such as salad, chips and toasties. Oh and plenty of coffee and yummy Belgian hot chocolate to help fill in the gaps.
Pay attention though, as you will need to figure out whether you are feeding your savoury stomach or tantalising your sweet tastebuds - because the savoury menu is only available in the morning (8am-2pm) while the sweet menu is only available in the afternoon and evenings (3pm-10pm). Why? you may ask.
The answer is simple - waffles are different for sweet and savoury dishes, and the method of preparation is also slightly different. And at this point in time, the kitchen is unable to cater for both at the same time.
I doubt anyone will have any difficulties finding a dish on either menu that tickles their tastebuds though, and if you are still eating your lunch at 2pm when the kitchen closes, don't worry - you won't be asked to leave, as the dining room doesn't close. And if you time it well, you will be able to order your second course at 3pm when the dessert menu kicks in. Happy days.