Let’s establish one thing: waffles are NOT pancakes. And if any of your friends insist otherwise, then you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. Not many understand the art that goes behind creating waffles that are perfectly golden, crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. And while it can be difficult to look for places that serve these grid-ridden pieces of heaven, it’s not impossible. Here are nine places to get waffles in Manila, just the way you like them.
Single Origin prides itself on being a neighborhood café, with artisanal coffee and some comfort food favorites that seem well thought of. Try their blueberry and cream cheese waffles, with sweet blueberries and rich cream cheese on a bed of golden waffles.
C3, Bonifacio Highstreet, 7th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Nothing really beats a classic: Pancake House’s Golden Brown Waffle lives up to its name. It has just the right crisp on the outside, and airy on the inside.
Cow & Chicken
A modern brunch place serving up Western and Filipino brunch fare with a twist, it’s clear that waffles are what creates this restaurant’s charm in Kapitolyo. The place can be a little tricky to find but finding it is well worth it. Their waffles have the perfect crisp-light balance, with a light buttery taste that goes well with either savory or sweet combinations. Try their signature dessert, Waffle S’mores, or the Valentine-famous Mangoes and Malagos Chocolate on Waffles. You can also get your waffles plain, but be sure to ask for their homemade lemon curd on the side.
3/F, 16 United St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City (across Ace Water Spa)
Tues-Sun 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Closed on Mondays
If you are going to drop by Yardstick at all without trying their splendid coffee, then at least stay for their waffles. Thick, generous and crispy, their waffles come in different selections. Try their thick buttermilk waffles with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream, with the waffles providing a sturdy bed for the ice cream. Truly a sweet tooth’s delight.
Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila
Mon-Sat 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Starbucks is everywhere, and their belgian waffle is a good option for a quick waffle fix. Though a little denser than others, their waffle is packed with flavor and a rich, buttery texture. Strawberry or chocolate syrup and whipped cream add for decadence. Hooray for convenience!
In all fairness to these big coffee chains, they offer a decent iteration of the waffle. UCC’s Plain Waffles are straightforward, crispy and buttery on the outside but packed on the inside.
Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food
Eat Fresh may keep up a nondescript appearance, but not all great food are found in fancy establishments. Found in the Chinoy enclaves of Banawe and Wilson, Eat Fresh replicates the street food haunts one can find in Hong Kong, and their egg waffle is no exception. It’s fluffy, buttery, and airy, and a good reminder of the streetside dessert in Hong Kong and Macau.
100-A Maria Clara Street, Quezon City
8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Chef Cuit Katman has mastered New York-style brunch food, and so it’s reasonable to expect nothing less than great at the Bowery. Their waffles are thick, decadent in flavor and perfectly crisp, with pure maple syrup adding a complex sweetness.
F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Catabolic Café in Maginhawa is a cozy café, known for their chicken & waffles. While the two items make for a fitting pair, their golden waffles are paired with strawberry compound butter, adding a unique touch.
22 Malingap St., Teachers Village, Quezon City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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