As autumn rolls in with a flourish of leaves, Melburnians brace themselves for the upcoming shift in weather. Icey poles are replaced by warm teas, and salads by hearty soups, as more and more people indulge in belly warming food. In the middle months of the year, cafes, chestnut vendors and waffle houses are like culinary beacons for foodies, offering a tasty escape from the drear of winter.
The Belgian Waffle House, Waffle On, is located on Degraves Street. A well known secret, Degraves is Melbourne's equivalent to a cafe laden Parisian street. Hiding just on the southern edge of Degraves Street are Waffle On's bright red and scuffed walls. Despite its un-european name, the Belgian/French accents of the owners will quickly make you wonder whether you have just stepped onto the old continent.
Even though Waffle On has a dedicated clientele of lunch-time sweet cravers and afternoon snackers, the crowd never reaches unbearable levels. Lines disappear in a matter of minutes, and waffles take no longer than five to be handed out.
There are a number of different waffles: ranging from plain waffles, to those with banana, strawberry or ice cream. The prices start from $4 for a plain waffle, and up to $9 for an extravagant one. Despite the wide selection of toppings, plain waffles have pretty much remained my addiction. There is something about their great doughy texture and subtle honey flavour that always brings me back. I could easily down five a day if I was committed enough to eschew all my other meals.
While this fatal attraction has prevented me from trying any of the other toppings, I have it on good authority that the ice cream and chocolate waffles are pretty amazing. So if you have a sweet tooth you should definitely try a few of these flavours out.