Dessert cafes have proven to be one of the longer-lasting food trends of the decade. While rainbow bagels and turmeric lattes may come and go, dessert cafes are spreading like wildfire. It seems that after eating dessert for centuries, humans finally realised we could dedicate entire eateries to just the sweet stuff. Even then, Hobart has only cottoned-on in the last three years, with Honey Badger in Salamanca opening in 2015, and San Churro popping up right next door earlier this year.
Now, it’s Utas’ turn to attempt to capitalise on the resurgence of dessert.
The key to Waffle – the kiosk-style operation next door to Lazenby’s – is in its title. Opening in time for the start of semester two, the window-in-the-wall sells three different types of sweet waffles, a savoury waffle, and different donut varieties daily. They also do cold drinks, but the waters, juices and milks are all available at Lazenby’s anyway.
I went on a Friday for lunch and bought the most expensive item on the menu; the waffle sundae special. At $10.50, it promises waffles with two scoops of ice cream, nuts and chocolate sauce. The woman who served me was lovely, and the waffles are made to order. As they were completely fresh, I didn’t mind the ten minute wait.
Upon receiving my order, I was struck by two things; it’s huge and it looks amazing. Though I’m no waffle connoisseur, they were really good; crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and the nuts were a really nice addition. I shared my serve with a friend, and between us, we couldn’t finish it.
Which brings me to my next point, which is value for money. Unlike Lazenby’s, which often cops the ire of the student population for its inflated food prices, the waffle sundae special was excellent value. For $10.50 it fed two people for a main meal, with some left over. The other lesser-priced waffles have also had good reviews from those who have had them; Steph told me the chocolate waffles were fantastic. My friend Chris agreed, and added that the price was reasonable for the serving size and overall quality.
While the food is great and well-priced, it’s a shame Waffle was not granted it’s own indoor dining space. You could take it into Lazenby’s, but seating is usually scarce. The only seating available is two metal tables opposite the window, which can be a.) crowded or b.) dreadfully cold. Having some indoor seating would also save on packaging, as although all cutlery and plates are compostable, a sit-down experience would reduce the need for disposable packaging.
Furthermore, it would be nice to see the menu expand as business grows. Four waffle options is a nice start, but there’s a lot of scope for different topping varieties.
Having been open for only a matter of weeks, Waffle succeeds in delivering its namesake in a way that’s tasty, speedy and good value. You might not have a cosy scandi-inspired place to sit, but if you have a sweet tooth (or even a savoury one!), it’s definitely worth giving Waffle a try.
This piece was published in the Togatus 2017 yearbook, which focussed on news and features relating directly to the University of Tasmania. At the time of upload, it’s not yet available online.