It was one of those days where everything was happening on the same evening, but despite my initial hesitance, I eventually decided to track across London after the Maison Blanc event in Fulham – and thankfully it was worth the journey.
Critically-acclaimed streetfood traders, that you may have recognized if you have frequented the famed Maltby Street market, have teamed up with neighbourhood coffee shop The Watch House, launching London’s only dining experience exclusively dedicated to waffles.
Since their debut at Dalston Roof Park in September 2012, Waffle On has steadily risen in prominence to become well-known in the London sreetfood scene. An independent business run by husband and wife duo Eddie and Bettina, they trade throughout the year at Maltby Street Market and have featured at major events across the UK, ranging from Streetfeast and KERB to Secret Garden party and Camp Bestival.
The Watch House is situated in a 19th century listed building, originally built to house the guards who watched over the churchyard of Saint Mary Magdalen. Prior to opening in September 2014, the space has been restored and transformed into a luxury coffee hub, and have since then been proactively seeking out opportunities to develop links with local food suppliers and now are bringing the tastes an flavours from neighbouring Maltby Street Market to their customers on Bermondsey Street.
Open seven days a week from 5pm until late, this exciting collaboration between the two popular Bermondsey-based businesses allows guests to enjoy a more frequent fix of Waffle On’s signature buttermilk waffles, served alongside artisan Ozone Coffee.
Everybody loves waffles (unless you’re one of the rare few who don’t, then you’re definitely missing out!), and their freshly baked to order waffles are sure to tantalize your tastebuds. Waffle On’s evening menu showcases an array of fun and creative savoury and sweet toppings, including its iconic Asian spiced slow-roasted shredded duck with fragrant plum sauce and the mouth-watering Southern fried spicy buttermilk chicken with maple butter – both of which we obviously ordered. In the mood for more savoury food that evening, we also ordered the Goat’s cheese with fresh figs, blueberries and honey which I enjoyed much more than I initially thought I would.
Not wanting to miss out on the sweet waffles, we shared the indulgent cheeky chocolate sauce with gooey meringue and vanilla cream.
And as though this wasn’t already tempting enough, each month will also see a new SPECIAL waffle added to the regular line-up – featuring sensational flavour combinations and celebrating the best seasonal produce, such as the hearty All Day Breakfast with dry cured crispy bacon and biodynamic egg; delicate Gravlax with Scottish salmon home-cured in beetroot and dill; and the boozy Winter Cherry with hot Morello cherries soaked in Kirchwasser. I don’t know about you, but just reading about it is already making me hungry…
There really is no ‘right time’ of the day to have waffles, so I would definitely make a visit, whether it be for a pre-dinner snack, a late-bite or a full-on dinner (go on and order them all – nobody’s going to judge!).
I, for one, will surely be back for more.
The Cheekster, signing out x