Here are the five best waffles on the North Shore

Our team wrapped up their second tasting mission, this week focusing on the top five waffle shops in town, voted in The North Coast Courier Best of Ballito Readers’ Choice Awards.

This follows our recent report featuring the best curries on offer.

For everything from the best cake and coffee in town to your pick of the best nail schools and bars, visit bestofballito.co.za for a full list of winners and runners-up.

1.Waterberry
Corner of Dolphin Crescent and Leonora Drive, Ballito


The decadent Berrywood Waffle from Waterberry Coffee Shoppe.

Waterberry Coffee Shoppe has been crowned for offering the best waffle on the North Shore, and tasting their Berrywood Waffle clearly underlines why.

A waffle so perfectly balanced that one would happily scrape off the toppings and enjoy it on its own.

But this waffle came with farm fresh strawberries, homemade chocolate sauce, toasted almonds and a delicious syrup.

The first bite sets a clear tone – they know what they’re doing when it comes to waffles! Crispy and perfectly balanced between sweet and salty, this waffle deserves its place at the top.

It’s safe to say that if this reviewer worked in the Waterberry kitchen, not a single waffle would make it out alive.

Try it yourself (R95), or the basic waffle with your choice of cream or ice cream at R25.

2. Milky Way
The Food Court, Ballito Junction


The FerreroRocher Waffle at Milky Lane.

We took our two head tasters (ages 4 and 7) for this one, and they literally licked their plates. They rated these waffles highly.

Milky Lane has teamed up with a favored Italian chocolate brand to produce the decadent Ferrero Rocher waffle (R74.90).

Covered in Nutella and a generous helping of crushed nuts and topped with whole FerreroRocher chocolates, it’s an indulgent treat.

We also tasted the Death by Chocolate waffle (R69.90). The waffle is topped with crushed Ripple, Oreo and chocolate chips, then drizzled with Bar One Chocolate Sauce. Both include either ice cream or cream. The waffle bases were thin, crispy and flavorful.

3. The Burnedale Bistro
Burnedale Place, 1 Old Main Rd, Umhlali


Belgian Brownie and Belgian Unicorn Express at Burnedale Bistro.

You should know that a restaurant is serious about its waffles when an entire menu is devoted to this delicious food of the gods.

The extensive menu includes savory and sweet options (prepare to have a hard time choosing).

We selected the Belgian Brownie with a chocolate brownie base and the Belgian Unicorn Express, which is a favorite with young customers.

The Belgian Brownie waffle was thick and crispy, topped with homemade brownies, Bar One sauce, a huge dollop of ice cream and a strawberry.

The Unicorn Express Belgian has a traditional base topped with everything – roasted marshmallows, jelly tots and cotton candy, drizzled with Milky Bar sauce and again heavily loaded with ice cream.

The portions were very generous and we split each waffle between four kids quite comfortably.

The bases were nice and crispy, although they could have had a little more salt.

We plan to return to try the Chili Chocolate and Apple Pie waffles.

4. Spoon
The Marketplace, Lifestyle Center, Ballito


Undoubtedly rich and decadent, the Waffle Scoop is one to watch.

It turns out that when a dessert uses good quality ingredients and is made with care, it can work even for those without a sweet tooth.

We were given the Oreos and Cream option (R72), which is loaded with Oreo shavings, chocolate balls, chocolate sauce, and most importantly, Scoop’s homemade ice cream.

When much of the flavor of the waffle comes from the topping, it’s important that those toppings hold up.

As manager Serge Banza said, “The only thing we don’t make ourselves is Oreo,” and it shows.

Generously portioned on a ‘bubble waffle’, the differences in texture between the soft (but not soggy) waffle, creamy ice cream, crunchy scoops and Oreo created a pleasant sensation.

You can also get the folded waffle in a to-go container for that sweet fix on the go.

Decadent, delicious and decidedly local – Scoop is not one to sleep.

5. Concha Cafe
18 Clearing Beach Road, Ballito


The Banoffle Pop waffle at Concha Café.

Topped with banana, caramelized popcorn and salted caramel sauce, Concha Café’s Banoffle Pop (R75) waffle is surprisingly good.

As delicious as it is sweet, expect high sugar after devouring the ice cream-topped treat. Beautifully presented, this dish is complemented to taste with the addition of mint.

Although it might be a personal taste preference, the caramelized popcorn was only a minor disappointment in terms of texture.

Crunchy instead of a little hard would save the popcorn and make this treat a treat in our opinion. That being said, I will return to enjoy the variety of waffles, both sweet and savory, at Concha Café.

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