New Sunshine Coast cafe bringing the jaffle back
A HOT, cheesy jaffle is a childhood memory for many, but Cock and Hen Café in Twin Waters is forging a resurgence.
"We used to have jaffles as kids. We haven't seen many of those lately so we thought we'd bring them back," said Jason Werder, who opened the cafe with two mates a few months ago.
Pork and beans jaffles were a hit, he said. Another crowd favourite: sweet potato and caramelised onion hash, grilled chorizo and fried egg with a dukkah yoghurt.
Jason and chefs Ben Geddes and Corey Wright had a knack for knowing what the locals wanted - from vegan chia pudding to big portions of "country home-style food".
If a classic breakfast is more your thing, they've got you covered with smashed avocado, or eggs poached, fried or scrambled.
"As the name suggests - it's bigger portions, good quality service and good wholesome food," Jason said.
"We make everything on the premises."
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Cock and Hen supports local businesses, buying its bread and supplies from Coast producers and bakers.
The three mates grew up in Toowoomba and worked at a bar together.
After moving to the Sunshine Coast, Corey and Ben worked for Shane Hepburn, owner of Drift Bar in Caloundra, and also Good Bean Espresso. When they decided to start a catering business with Jason, Good Bean was their first customer.
Jason said they all "slaved away" at the Sunday catering business, which they ran while each working full-time until they could afford to a shop front.
"We just wanted to take a risk," Jason said.
"We all thought we'd start the business and see how it progresses with the catering. We used to do Sunday markets and it just took off."
The café opened in September in a Twin Waters Shopping Village shop front that was once a fish and chip shop.
It already had a good following of locals, Jason said.
"It's been vacant for a long period of time and it's something they've (local residents) wanted for a long time," he said.
"Before if they wanted something to eat they'd have to drive into Mudjimba.
"So it's handy now on the way to work they can grab a coffee and go."
Find the rustic, casual café on Ocean Dr, Twin Waters. It's open 6.30am-3pm, seven days a week.