Ahead of Waffle Day this weekend, Islington Now went to discover the best places to have a waffle-off in the heart of Islington. Here are our findings, try them all!
CrepeAffaire – 51-53 Camden Passage, Islington, London N1 8EA
CrepeAffaire offers four types of waffle at competitive prices, ranging from ‘Plain & Simple’ (just icing sugar) at £2.50 and ‘Banana Split’ (banana, Nutella, walnuts and whipped cream) at £4.15. The waffles are done just right and are perfect for a snack if you fancy something sweet, or as a dessert after a crepe as a main.
The Breakfast Club – 31 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA
There are all kinds of waffles at The Breakfast Club, on the ordinary menu, the lunch menu and the weekend brunch menu. The ‘Elvis Waffle’ combines caramelised banana, greek yoghurt, peanut butter and maple syrup. For lunch they serve ‘fireball’ chicken and waffles, which promises to be spicy, while at weekends a similar but slightly less spicy dish is on offer. Be prepared to queue and wait for food at The Breakfast Club because they are always in demand. Book ahead if you can.
Bird – 81 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT
Bird’s waffles are mostly savoury, with the waffles acting as an accompaniment to Bird’s famous fried chicken, either in burger-form or as a side. For the Chicken and Waffles Plate (£11), Bird recommends “drizzle [maple syrup], slather and eat it all together – we recommend a dash of hot sauce too)”. Prepare to get messy at this glammed-up fried chicken restaurant.
The Modern Pantry – 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ
Situated in the historic St John’s Square, The Modern Pantry offers an alternative take on traditional breakfast. The setting is rather fancy and the food is gourmet, if you’re into that kind of thing. The waffle they offer is ‘miso, green chilli & spring onion’: quite the twist compared to others on the menu. It is pricey for breakfast at £9.80, but then again this is the opposite of a greasy spoon.
Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House – 1 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ
They describe themselves as a “flagship chocolate cafe dedicated to our award-winning hot chocolates”, but the Chocolate House serves much more than that. There is a choice of plain or cornbread waffles that you can have as a main meal or as a dessert. Black bean chilli is one topping you can get stuck into for Waffle Day, or roasted cherry tomatoes with feta. For dessert, you can even have chocolate-stout waffles topped with fresh fruit and cream. Sounds enticing.
Images from CrepeAffair, credit Adam Becket