Green lights have been going off everywhere and the humble homemade jaffle is no longer just a simple munch of comfort food – it’s a café commodity. No frying, no smoke in the air and no grease – it sounds like an absolute winner to both café owners and customers. Plus, everyone’s getting creative with their jaffle fillings in addition to the classic HCT: Think mac n cheese, sauerkraut, smoked corn, barbecue pork, béchamel, gruyere and chorizo – which are pretty much the reason we pay for them in cafes.
Let’s be honest, we’re SO over Melbourne’s freezing winds and ready to kick winter’s butt in a delicious bite of our city’s best jam-packed jaffles! The jafflechutes may have floated away for now, but at least we can still get our gloriously golden triangles of toasted happiness in and around town. Stay warm and toastie this winter with these hot spots.
Before you even step in, you can already get a whiff of the lingering smell of grilled cheese toast from Bad Frankie, a bar (yes, a bar) that embraces the jaffle as the Australian comfort food equivalent of a burger in the US or a taco in Mexico. It would be UNAUSTRALIAN to finish your meal with their crowd favourite dessert jaffle: The Lamington. That’s two slices of chocolate sponge cake filled with strawberry jam, toasted then finished with coconut, cream and chocolate sauce! DED.
Green lights be flashin’ all day between 7am to 5pm at Oscar Cooper’s! Home of the hot sauce and mac ‘n’ cheese jaffle, they like to keep it interesting with their #JAFFLEOFF, putting different flavours on offer each morning – previously, they brought in pandan kaya apple pie, salmon avo, rocky road and bahn mi jaffles – anything from sweet to savoury!
Next time you’re on a hunt for a quick bite in the city, skip on sushi and head to T-Roy Browns. It’s a hole-in-the-wall cafe in the Banana Alley Vaults that’s skilled in the art of the jaffle iron. They’ve got revolving specials, but the T-Roy's Classic sourdough jaffle with sopressa salami, double-smoked ham, dijonnaise and mozzarella makes for tough competition.
The most affordable jaffles on the list go for $4.50 at this tiny café by Food Traders Catering Co. And for just a dollar more, you’ll get your paws on their CHEESEBURGER jaffle that’ll keep you coming back for more. Philly steak, eggs benny and vegemite jaffles are rotationally hot off the press here too!
Jaffle-ists might be put off by the fact that the Nutella banana “jaffle” at Ruby’s isn’t a sealed triangle at all and it’s actually made with a sandwich press, but all is forgiven when the choc chip brioche is served up with a side of juicy berries and heavenly Nutella drizzled over the top.
Grigons & Orr Corner Store
So, you’ve made up your mind about having a cheeky jaffle today and you want to head somewhere with loads to choose from, amirite? Well, it’s Jaffle Town over here with over 10 different jaffles on the menu! Choose to build your own jaffle, or order up one of their fancy creations – lasagna jaffle, say what?
Tuck Shop Take Away
These guys have recently brought us the new Karton Milk Bar, but let’s not forget that they’ve faithfully served us delicious jaffles for ages. If you’re not feeling an old school burger today, go posh with the slow cooked lamb or pulled pork jaffles, or keep it simple with the three cheese.
Rose Diner & Bar
The Rose have got shakes, jaffles and coffee. What more could we possibly want?! Over at this little Port Melbourne diner, the humble jaffles have gone gourmet. Get a load of the Trucker jaffle with bacon ’n’ eggs, or the Mexican chilli beef one, all available till 3pm!
Nestled in the middle of a city laneway resides the Local Birds coffeeshop, serving up classic jaffles done right. Whether it’s ham and cheese or poached chicken you’re after, consider your perfect little brekkie stop sorted. Plus, gluten free jaffles are available!
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Image credit: Bad Frankie