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ON A RE­CENT jaunt down the South Coast we stopped at a famed Rams­gate in­sti­tu­tion for a late lunch… The Waffle House.

It’s been an in­sti­tu­tion with generations of tourists (yes, it was es­tab­lished in 1957) en­joy­ing its ar­ray of crisp home-made waf­fles with a nev­erend­ing variety of top­pings and fill­ings, both sweet and savoury.

We sat on the enclosed deck with views out over the Rams­gate la­goon and the sea. The bad weather was rolling in fast with rain lash­ing the per­spex blinds. But, dry from the el­e­ments, we were happy to take in the scene. Ser­vice, too, was swift and friendly in a well-oiled es­tab­lish­ment.

For veg­e­tar­i­ans waffle choices could in­clude avo and hum­mus, or mush­rooms in cheese sauce or a mild co­conut-based veg­etable curry. There are op­tions of spinach with eggs, ham, cheese and tomato to a chicken curry or even a steak and kid­ney or tra­di­tional bobotie waffle. There is also a break­fast menu with a num­ber of op­tions with eggs. Or savoury mince or a com­bi­na­tion of both. There is even a full Bel­gian break­fast. That’s a full English piled on top of a waffle.

Sweet va­ri­eties might in­clude waf­fles with macadamia nuts or choc chips, or waf­fles topped with Dutch ap­ple. I had that the last time we vis­ited some years back and it was most en­joy­able. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous there’s even a lemon meringue waffle and a banof­fee waffle.

We opted for the spe­cials. A friend went for the waffle with macadamia nut and lentil pate served with avo and a small side salad. The waf­fles were fresh crisp and light, and the pate had a lovely flavour. I opted for a waffle with Ital­ian meat­balls in a home­made tomato sauce. Th­ese were very tasty and topped with a good dol­lop of creme fraiche. We were both happy with our finds.

We sat out the rest of the storm over a de­cent cof­fee be­fore the long trip back to Dur­ban.

Food: 4 Ser­vice 3½ Am­biance: 3½

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