I find it hard to go past a waffle on a breakfast menu (I blame living in Belgium for this!) so I was delighted to discover Melbourne now has a cafe solely devoted to waffles. We can already get a waffle fix at Waffee and other specialty waffle outlets but what sets Horse on Heels apart is its offering of savoury as well as sweet waffles.
Located down Rose street in Fitzroy in a converted warehouse space, Horse on Heels has a Scandi feel to it with white walls and tiling and pale timber tables and chairs alongside pops of blue metal. It’s only recently opened so isn’t yet thronged and we were able to walk in easily on a Sunday at prime brunching time and get a table for four.
Just like I find it hard not to order waffles the word “pork belly” is also a total menu drawcard for me so I was delighted to combine the two and order the waffle with marinated pork belly and pineapple ($19). The waffle itself was a spectacular dark inky colour with a subtle coconut flavour it had a soft texture with a bit of chew to it. The waffle was teamed with a slab of juicy pork and a ring of rather retro pineapple which had been lightly charred. A dollop of siracha mayo added heat to this great combination of savoury and sweet. There was also a lot of love for the pulled beef waffle ($18) which comes with a sweet apple and beetroot relish and very addictive house made vegie crisps.
You can basically build your own full English breakfast by ordering the avocado with glazed cherry tomato waffle ($12) with egg ($3) and bacon ($4). The waffle is made from flaxseed so has a very savoury taste to it and this order satisfied Meat-and-Three-Veg’s more traditional breakfast tendencies.
There are also simpler waffle options available if you want something more snack size (or are feeding a toddler!). The Belgian Leige waffle with rhubarb puree and house made butter ($6) can be topped with berries ($3.50) for a more traditional sweet waffle hit.
It’s not just all about the waffles. My coffee delivered just the right caffeine hit and came with a tiny home made stroopwafel on the side. In a nod to Melbourne’s current craze you can get luridly coloured matcha and taro lattes as well (I didn’t go there).
If you are a waffle fan then gallop don’t trot to get there!
Details: Horse on Heels, 50 Rose street, Fitzroy (Ph 03 8777 0129)
Kids: All kids love waffles right? Stick to the cheaper standard waffles for fussy eaters. Bonus points as the babychinos here come with two marshmallows.