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Saturday, 30 March 2019

Waffle House, Norwich

The Waffle House, 39 St Giles Street, Norwich, NR2 1JN

The Waffle House is intimate, understated, and blends into the street. You could be forgiven for walking past and completely missing it (I've done that several times even when that's where I'm actually meant to be going...) One thing that might stand out to you, though, is the queue of people that is almost always spilling out of the door.

This blog post might change your life.


Let me take you back to the beginning. I was first introduced to Waffle House by a friend, who told me that when she'd first gone, she had no idea what it would be like. If you've never been there before, it can be a bit weird looking at the menu for the first time. Normal meals... on a waffle. Bolognaise, curry, salad, hummus and avocado...

And I felt the same. I couldn't comprehend what it would taste like at all, but she assured me it would be amazing -- and she wasn't wrong. Shit me, guys. For a start, the plain waffle itself is light, crispy, and savoury -- not sweet, which I think is a common misconception. Secondly... their recipes really do work. My go-to is a large, plain, greek salad waffle (£9.15), which includes olives, crumbly feta cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, cucumber, and caramelised onion chutney, drizzled with herb infused extra virgin olive oil.

For dessert, I always get a small, plain, hot dutch apple waffle (£4.70): delicious Bramley apples cooked with plump sultanas, and gently spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Sometimes I'll add a bit of maple syrup if I really want a sugar crash...

And recently, if I'm properly hungry, I'll go for a starter too... which is also a waffle. Their garlic butter and grated cheese waffle (£3.90) is to die for. Even though it's small, I usually split it in half with whoever I'm with. Gotta save room for the bigger waffles, right?

Since my first visit to Waffle House, I've introduced it to friends and family, and after having the same initial reaction that I had, they too fell in love with it. Waffle House has fairly recently celebrated its 40th birthday, and it's easy to see why it's stuck around all that time. As well as being absolutely delicious, they also cater for a range of dietary requirements, and they use fresh, local and organic produce. The intimate setting also means that you can look over to the kitchen, where you'll see your waffle being freshly prepared - everything is made to order.

It's a little pricey but it's so, so worth it. It's by far my favourite independent restaurant, and it speaks volumes that myself, my family and my friends keep going back for more despite the two-hour round-trip.

If you're in Norfolk, please check this place out. I'm almost salivating just thinking about it.



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