If you’ve never visited The Waffle House because you’re not sure if you like waffles, it’s time to pay a visit, because you will. STACIA BRIGGS celebrates a restaurant that treats and meat-eaters as equals.

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I’m not a militant vegetarian – I don’t froth with fury if the person I’m eating with wants to indulge in pleasures of the flesh, but it is really nice when they don’t.

Of course it helps if the restaurant you’re visiting has vegetarian options which could tempt even the most ardent meat-eater: The Waffle House is a case in point.

Yes, there’s meat on the menu – the ham with cheese sauce and mushrooms, from £7.30, seems to be everyone’s favourite – and there’s fish (but anyone that knows me knows better than to ever choose tuna if I’m within 100 feet of them – as far as I’m concerned, it’s a direct nasal assault).

Vegetarians, however, will rejoice at the choice, from garlic mushrooms and cheese sauce, from £7.25, to hummous and avocado with wild rocket, sun-blushed tomatoe and olives on a poppy seed waffle with sweet chilli dressing, from £6.70, or vegetarian curry, from £7.10, there’s a world of flavourful options.

Having eschewed a starter in fear of not being able to eat The Best Chocolate Mousse In the World after my main course, I chose the oriental vegetable cashew stir fry, from £6.80, a seasonal vegetable stir fry with lemongrass, ginger and chilli and served with toasted cashew nuts and sesame seeds.

I used to have a regular debate with a colleague about the king of the nut world where I argued that cashews beat Brazil nuts into an insipid paste and he argued the latter – he should eat this dish and admit defeat once and for all.

My friend decided to try the authentic Greek salad, from £7.05, with kalamata olives, crumbly feta cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes, cucumber and caramelised red onion chutney drizzled with herb-infused extra virgin olive oil.

A strange choice for someone who is a self-confessed salad hater, perhaps, but salads at The Waffle House do have a habit of being far preferable to those you find at many other restaurants. For a start, the dressings are always superb.

The salad hater ate all his salad, with relish (or chutney, to be precise).

Although I do love the main courses at The Waffle House - a lot - I have to confess that my heart will always belong to the dessert menu.

I wish I could say that, in the interests of a thorough review, I chose a different dessert to the one that I have always chosen, without fail, for the past 20 or so years.

If I did, I would be lying. I had chocolate mousse, waffle-free and in a bowl, with ice-cream and chopped nuts, £5.90 – of course I did.

My friend had a banoffee waffle with sliced bananas, toffee sauce and sprinkled with flaked chocolate, £4.25. I did make him taste some of the mousse, though, and I saw a flash of envy in his eyes – he’s only human.

Everything at The Waffle House tastes market-fresh: the menu isn’t huge, although it’s supplemented with a regularly changing specials board, but I always worry when I see a huge menu. I’d prefer a restaurant to do fewer dishes brilliantly than a plethora of dishes half-heartedly.

Another lovely meal in this small, but perfectly formed, restaurant. Any chance of offering a takeaway service on the chocolate mousse?

THE WAFFLE HOUSE

St Giles Street

Norwich

01603 612790

www.wafflehouse.co.uk

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 11am-10pm

Prices: Starters from £5.35, desserts from £2.55

Vegetarian options: Really good ones. So speaks a vegetarian.

Wheelchair access: Yes

8 comments

  • Sorry for spelling of pomegranate!

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    spoon

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • Methinks the people who are commenting haven't been to Waffle House. It's fabulous! Great veggie dishes but equally great meat dishes too (sorry Stacia!), my fav was one of their specials - beef rendang with pomegranant. I agree wholeheartedly with Stacia - chocolate mousse to die for. And no I don't have shares, I just wish I did!

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    spoon

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • I must add, I have been to the Waffle House a couple of times in the past and did enjoy the meals. It's always busy and is something different, yet delicious at the same time. Maybe I was over zealous in my comment about price, considering the location and fresh ingredients used. As much as the chippy cannot be beaten, I feel that another trip to the Waffle House could be on the cards. Is there a breakfast menu?

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • you can get a good burger for same price.

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    bookworm

    Monday, February 6, 2012

  • I think it's for pretentious studenty people!!

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    Kat1985

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

  • Sounds pricey. I've never been, but assumed it was more of a snack-type venue. At those prices I would expect more than a low-cost-to-produce waffle covered in a cheese sauce with mushrooms.

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    AE

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • I think they probably do fish and chips on a waffle! I do love the waffles but Whiley Boy has made me really fancy fish and chips tonight!

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    spoon

    Friday, February 10, 2012

  • I'm sorry, but I think it's just too expensive for a waffle. Fish & Chips for me, with plents of salt, vinegar and mushy peas! A good blob of tomato sauce as well.

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    Whiley Boy

    Friday, February 10, 2012

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