For your next meal out, we’re asking you to rid your mind of heinous Birdseye creations made of potato, and instead embrace the grown-up waffle: whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, waffles are surprisingly versatile, providing the perfect base for both sweet and savoury dishes. We’ve searched the capital high and low to bring you the best waffles in town – check them out below.
If you want your next meal to have a sprinkle of class and a dash of elegance
34 Mayfair, Mayfair
What: Waffles are traditionally associated with casual comfort food, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fancy. Check out the waffles which 34 Mayfair serve up for brunch – dig into a banoffee waffle topped with vanilla ice cream and hot toffee sauce, or opt for an ultra-luxe take which sees your waffle crowned with foie gras and crispy duck, as well as caramelised blood oranges.
Where: 34 Grosvenor Square (Entrance on South Audley Street), W1K 2HD
Berners Tavern, Bloomsbury
What: The name of this Jason Atherton joint makes it sound like an old-school boozer, but Berners Tavern is pretty much as far away from a ‘tavern’ as you can get. While drinking in the gleefully opulent surrounds, you can order a waffle from the thrilling menu of decadent comfort food. At breakfast, try out the vanilla waffle, topped with raspberry and strawberry salad, hung yoghurt and toasted pistachios.
Where: 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
Duck & Waffle, City
What: Considering the moniker of this sky-high restaurant on the 40th floor of Heron Tower, it’s no surprise that waffles are a must-order here. Duck & Waffle’s eponymous dish sees crispy confit duck leg topped with a fried duck egg and drizzled in mustard maple syrup. Fancy something sweeter? Head here for brunch and pick from a choice of three Belgian waffles – our favourite is the Full Elvis, topped with ice cream, syrup and berries.
Where: 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
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For when good old-fashioned Southern soul food is the only thing that will make you feel better
Dirty Bones Carnaby, Kensington, Oxford, Shoreditch and Soho
What: This mini chain specialises in gut-busting takes on American comfort food. Cast your eye over the menu of stacked burgers and mac ‘n’ cheese, and you’ll find the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin dish of chicken and waffles: Dirty Bones’ crispy fried chicken served on a freshly-baked waffle and accompanied by a shot of maple syrup, so that you can tailor your dosage of the sticky and sweet stuff to your own preference.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW; 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP; 304 The Westgate, Queen Street, OX1 1TR; 1 Club Ro, E1 6JX; 14 Denman Street, W1D 7HJ
Foxlow Balham, Clerkenwell and Soho
What: This mini-chain might be the little brother of steak supremo Hawksmoor, but it’s just as big on flavour. On Foxlow’s weekend brunch menu, you’ll find a cracker of a waffle dish, which sees a croissant waffle adorned with a fried egg, crispy fried chicken and lashings of sausage gravy. You can wash down your waffle with bottomless booze, choosing between 90 minutes of free-flowing bubbles or Bloody Marys.
Where: 15-19 Bedford Hill, SW12 9EX; 69-73 St John Street, EC1M 4AY; 8-10 Lower James Street, W1F 9EL
What: One of the original ‘dude food’ barbecue spots to grace London’s shores, Hotbox started life as a street food outfit, before graduating to this permanent space back in 2014. These days, the menu is still heavy on US-style barbecue cuisine and at brunch, you can enjoy chicken and waffles, finished off with a sprinkling of truffle salt and a pot of maple syrup to drizzle over them.
Where: 46 Commercial Street, E1 6LT
Red Rooster, Shoreditch
What: This funky restaurant inside The Curtain hotel is inspired by its sibling site in Harlem. Serving up Southern soul food, it’s no surprise that waffles feature on the menu. Try the signature Sammy’s chicken ‘n’ waffles (named after chef patron Marcus Samuelsson), which sees hearty waffles topped with Harlem-style fried chicken, pickles, hot honey and Red Rooster’s own sauce.
Where: 45 Curtain Road, EC2A 3PT
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Because sometimes you just need a good waffle, without any bells or whistles
The Breakfast Club, Hoxton and other London locations
What: This no-bookings group has a handful of locations across London, and there’s normally a queue for its popular weekend brunch. Once you make it inside, chow down on the sweet likes of a blueberry and granola waffle served with Greek yoghurt and a blueberry and lemon compote. If you’re of the more savoury-toothed variety, order the Argy-Bhaji: a spiced onion waffle topped with a chili-fried egg, spinach, mango chutney and mint yoghurt.
Where: 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE and other London locations
Holborn Dining Room, Holborn
What: With its all-day menu which stretches from filling hot breakfasts to late-night suppers, the versatile Holborn Dining Room has won legions of fans. Found at Rosewood London, the restaurant offers a brunch menu which includes a sweet dish of waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries and mascarpone. Complete your meal with a tea or coffee, or pick from a selection of healthy juices, including an apple and ginger shot.
Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
What: Given that she was born in Canada, raised in New Zealand and has parents with Belgian/Danish roots, it’s no surprise that chef Anna Hansen takes her foodie inspiration from far and wide. Breakfast and brunch are the most popular mealtimes at her Clerkenwell spot, and it’s not hard to see why. We like the sound of the sweetcorn, feta and spring onion waffles, drizzled with maple syrup. There’s also the option to add bacon, which is always a good thing.
Where: 47-48 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ
What: Hackney’s part concert venue, part restaurant takes its lead from Norway (hence the name). Here, homemade waffles are served in mega-size for dessert, and arrive topped with the likes of banana slices, Nutella, candied walnuts, Chantilly cream and butterscotch sauce. Dining here before a gig at the venue? Show your gig ticket to your waiter and you’ll get 20% off your food bill.
Where: 1a Amhurst Road, E8 1LL