13 may be a dreaded number for some, but when it is placed in a sentence with “best” and “waffles”, we’re all ears. Waffles are a crowd-pleasing brunch with a dessert-like leaning, sure to please the sweetest tooth among us. But, we also have some waffle slingers in this town doing amazing savoury versions – you can run, you can hide, but there’s a waffle for you somewhere. Here are our picks of the best waffles in Auckland.
Little King is absolutely the Waffle King of Auckland in our humble opinion. This team of waffle royalty have an entire section of the menu dedicated to these dented, doughy delights and deservedly so. Go light with seasonal fruit and yoghurt or indulge those chocoholic tendencies and go for the colossal choc version, complete with two scoops of dark chocolate gelato.
Waffles without the guilt?! Sign us up! This Monday's Wholefoods menu staple is made from buckwheat and are completely gluten free. The warming spices in the batter are the perfect match to the cozy interior of this stunning little cafe. The coconut yoghurt and chia-berry jam on top are a welcome addition and make these a perfect guilt-free treat!
Geeks on Sainsbury
Relative newcomer, Geeks on Sainsbury, brings top shelf waffles to the Morningside hood. You'll be hard pressed to choose between their two naughty, but oh-so-nice waffle options. Pick from a nice update on maple, banana & pb, or preserved fruit and lemon sorbet... or both. Go on.
Dear Jervois has become pretty renowned for their waffles. We can see why. Their menu has recently undergone a revamp and the waffle options are just as good as the rest. Not surprising given they're owned by the same waffle royalty as Little King. There's a classic banana-bacon combo and waffle version of the green breakfast—matcha waffles—complete with Nicecream, paleo nut & quinoa crunch, with raspberry marscapone.
Onehunga Cafe also has two waffle options—they’re at polar opposite ends of the waffle spectrum—but both seriously quality. First up, we have a berry, dark choc and coconut combo which will satisfy the sugar fiends. Last, but certainly not least, is their colossal crispy chicken waffle, complete with fried egg, chill maple syrup and maple butter—not for the faint or weak hearted.
Casa del Gelato
Sometimes bigger is better. For those times when size really does matter, try Parnell's Casa del Gelato. They make great waffles, but it's the toppings that pulls us in—choose from maple walnut, caramel banana, chocolate cookies & cream, berry fruit and plain (yeah right). All come served with cream and fruit and cover a huge platter. BYO appetite.
Our obsession with fried chicken ain't going anywhere fast and for an American style blow out, Orleans' heart-attack-inducing fried chicken waffles will do just the trick. What's more, this fat eat is light on the pocket come Wednesday lunch (once a month) when they're on special for $12 with a shake (!). Nothing like a midday artery clog to celebrate Hump Day and the downward slope to the weekend.
Charlie & George Café
Picking something from Charlie & George's menu can feel like picking which of your children you'd save in a fire—impossible. But once you get to the made-to-order blueberry waffles, stop reading, order, and thank us later. These beauties come topped with vanilla bean marscapone, house-made lemon curd and blueberry syrup. So. damn. good.
Belgian's know their waffles amiright? Well this sweet little stall on Elliott St will have you transported to the cobbled Belgian streets with their liege-style beauties. The simplistic toppings let the perfect waffles shine, but the more inventive combos are also amaze. Take the lead from the man upstairs and try the Communion – marscapone, orange blossom, honey and spiced wine syrup.
Waffles usually conjure up feelings of decadence, but The Botanist's chocolate brownie waffles bring a whole new meaning to the word. We're talking chocolate marshmallow mousse and salted caramel. The Botanist also has a house-made sausage waffle (trust us, it's tastier than it sounds) with greens, a duck egg, and a fennel and apple salad.
The Return of Rad
Mt Eden’s coolest little café is also home to some seriously great waffles. Think herbed soft waffle hopped with house cured salmon, a finger-lickn’ good Romanesco sauce, basil, crispy capers, pickled red onion and avo cream—this is the waffle’s answer to a breakfast salad and we like it. A lot.
South Aucklanders rejoice—beautiful waffles are just around the corner at Pukekohe’s Town Mouse. They have the classic bacon/banana/maple but we seriously urge you to push the oat out and try their poached pear, berry compote and yoghurt combo—it’s like a warm hug on a cooler morning.
46 & York
The holy mother of savoury waffles—46 & York presents to us waffle warriors: a killer combo of spiced waffles with chicken wings, blue cheese and lemon celery. Yes, you heard right—your favourite buffalo wing bar snack just got wafflized, and yes, it’s just as good as it sounds. This may just be your new favourite drinking companion.
Newcomer Pollen is a welcome addition to the CBD, with busy workers given a fabulous alternative to filling their bellies. Let's just say, their waffles are exceptional—chia seed waffles topped with chocolate soil and decorated like a piece of art. Get in our belly!
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Image credit: Jaiden Bhaga at Pollen
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