Not everyone can make the perfect waffle. It requires a certain level of skill to make sure that the density isn’t too thick, and that it has the right amount of airiness. I like to call myself a waffle aficionado, I’m always on the hunt for the best waffle in Sydney, and ladies and gents, I think I may have just found it.
The Waffle Shack is located in the heart of Broadway. A quaint café that is hard to miss. The shack blends in perfectly with the indie scene of Broadway, as it is decorated with wooden chalkboards and a stack of waffles on the window display. But while the café is pleasing to the eye, the stand out feature of The Waffle Shack is the creator himself. From Belgium, Chris is as passionate as they come. You can see that through his finesse as he creates the works of art that are his waffles.
Chris prepares the dough and places it in the waffle toaster which is straight from Belgium itself, and toasts them until they’re just right. He then uses his talent to make it Instagram-worthy, topping it with chocolate flakes and delectable sauces.
The Brussels Waffle
Saying this was a heavenly sensation is putting it lightly. This was the first time I tasted an authentic Brussels waffle so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Let’s just say, this is not the last time that I’ll be eating one of these. This waffle was the perfect combination of light and fluffy. Chris topped it with dark chocolate shavings, cream and chocolate sauce. This melt in your mouth sensation is an unforgettable experience. The texture of the dark chocolate shavings in conjunction with that airy waffle shows you that Chris is one of the best.
While the waffle was light, it was surprisingly very filling so you weren’t left with an unsatisfying craving towards the end. Since I’m a chocoholic, this dish was a dream come true. This particular waffle is called the Brussels Waffle with Double Belgian Chocolate. The bitterness of the dark chocolate was paired beautifully with the sweetness of the waffle.
The Liege Waffle
This is the sort of waffle you see more often. In your local cafe’s or the ones, you generally tend to make at home. The Liege is denser than the Brussels waffle so if not baked correctly, can turn into one thick mess. This one was anything but that. Again, the dough was prepared fresh and baked in front of us, so we were able to see the process of how these waffles were made. It’s worth mentioning that everything from the sauces to the toppings are handmade and freshly made from local sources. This time round, Chris topped it with strawberry compote, creamed baked cheesecake and biscuit crumbs. Is your mouth watering yet?
Now anyone who knows me, knows I am not a cheesecake person. Cheese and cake? No thank you! BUT this was a very pleasant surprise. The strawberry complemented the cheesecake cream (and the cheesecake wasn’t too cheesy!) creating a fusion of sweet and a touch sour. As I devoured each bite, it seemed to be better than the last.
The Waffle Shack also serve a variety of French patisserie and hot and cold beverages. They also have a new winter menu, featuring some great options for the colder weather. Also worth mentioning is their reasonable prices. The waffles cost around $7 to $8 depending on what topping you choose to get, and considering everything is, wait for it — fresh, I personally wouldn’t mind paying the price for a great waffle.
All in all, The Waffle Shack made me feel as if I was sitting in Belgium having some of the best waffles I’ve ever tried. The fresh ingredients and the work Chris puts into making sure these waffles are perfect have made sure that this is not the last time I’ll be having a sneaky little visit. I’ll definitely be back, and honestly speaking, you should too (especially if you’re a waffle fan, and if you aren’t you probably will be after trying The Waffle Shack).
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of The Waffle Shack