Waffle King at Dover Gardens, first opened its doors in June 2011.
Believe it or not, in my 40 odd years on this earth, I have never tasted waffles - living locally to the Waffle King, I felt it was time!
Waffle King's owner, Nino Malvetti hails from Liège, a French speaking province in eastern Belgium, near the Netherlands and German borders.
Nino's specialty is the Liège waffle – a sweet, dense waffle made from yeast dough (a centuries old adaptation of brioche bread dough), combined with pearl sugar which caramelises on the outside of the waffle when baked. Using a traditional waffle iron, the waffles are freshly cooked to order.
Also available are cuberdons – a cone shaped Belgian candy. My son and I are no sweet tooths but we really liked them. Cuberdons are similar to a pastille, with the outer shell made from Arabic gum with what is described as a raspberry coulis filling. A pack of 10 is $5.00. Free samples are available for tasting and guests receive complimentary cuberdons when dining in.
During the warmer weather, enjoy supping in the courtyard or if you're like us, immerse yourself in the sights of the everyday life and culture of Liège (through a series of prints which complete one of the walls). On another wall is a delightful mural - painted by acclaimed artist Matt Jonsson which captures the history and merriment of sharing waffles.
For our dining experience, my son chose a crêpe with Belgian syrup, whilst I indulged in a tasting plate of a cinnamon waffle, trio of Belgian chocolate dips, served with cream, ice-cream and strawberries!
Liégeois - a non-alcoholic drink of lemonade and pomegranate syrup
While my son enjoyed his chocolate milkshake, I had a Liégeois which is a non-alcoholic drink of lemonade and pomegranate syrup (a wide range of drinks are available, including hot chocolate from the fountain).
Savoury options (for crêpes) and a kids menu are also available. Waffle King advised they are in the progress of developing savoury waffles (I hope they can do something with spinach & fetta).
Waffle King would be the perfect place to while away a cold, rainy day - we look forward to visiting again and tasting more of the menu whilst enjoying the friendly and knowledgeable service of Nino and his team.