Belgium Liege Salted Caramel Waffles
Late night java junkies swear by this cosy Upper Thomson nook, but it’s the surprisingly superb selection of six waffles from the tiny menu that have been causing us insomnia and warranting return visits. Done Liege style with a bready texture, the two small squares served soak up the accompanying vanilla ice-cream and fragrant, homemade salted caramel sauce beautifully. Simple, but super addictive.
$8.50 with one scoop, $2.50 per additional scoop of ice-cream
In a town where new-fangled flavour combinations have become de rigueur, Creamier is proof that simple ice-cream on crisp dough can still emerge tops. Holding its own against the café’s limited edition scoops made daily in-house, each waffle offers the perfect contrast of outer crispiness and inner eggy, honeycombed gooeyness that remains so, even as its natural- ingredient ice creams starts to melt on top of it. We recommend it with the rose-tinted raspberry love, Thai iced tea, earl grey and perennial favourite of salted gula Melaka.
Earl Grey Caramel
Using the café’s more popular salted caramel waffles as a template, café owner Daphne Goh and her team worked to incorporate the floral and citrus notes of earl grey tea in its salted caramel sauce. Lashed on in liberal amounts over the moist waffles with an enduring crisp with strawberries and New Zealand vanilla bean ice-cream, this elegant take on the hearty plate gets our seal of approval.
Waffle with Ice Cream
$5 for the waffle, $2.50 per scoop of gelato
This cutesy-themed newcomer to the Toa Payoh heartlands is a useful alternative to the perennially-packed Creamier. Pair the classically-round yeast-based waffle – think a thin, crunchy outer layer encasing a moist, slightly spongy interior – with their extensive gelato flavours like mango ginger. A range of unique savoury options are also in the pipeline.
$118 (Unlimited servings as part of its weekend brunch buffet)
Created in response to last year’s cronut craze, the Croffle goes into the iron as croissant dough and emerges a flaky, ridged pastry that’s then topped with a scoop of ice-cream, chocolate sauce, berries or even brownies. Served as one of the dessert options as part of the Mediterranean-inspired fare at The Waterfall’s Sunday brunch, this is one of the Shangri-La’s best kept secrets.
Squid Ink Waffle with Crispy Bacon
Strangers’ Reunion’s new sister joint experiments with a few funky creations, none more so than this Frankenstein of a waffle – the charcoal-hued squid ink batter is crowned with a scoop of premium vanilla bean ice-cream, smoky-sweet bak kwa-like bacon marinated in dijon and maple and wafer-thin pistachio tuile. It’s a hodge-podge of flavours that divides opinion and is a novelty to eat, but you’ll need to muster up the courage to order it first.
Sundried Tomato & Herb Waffle
Savoury waffles are all the rage now, and we probably have DOC to thank for pioneering the fad. They’ve got one savoury option among four other sweet waffle choices, but it’s the best one: the secret in their ever-crispy rendition is brown butter, which lends the tomato and tarragon-flecked waffle a nutty flavour. Creamy scrambled eggs and glistening, streaky bacon – drizzled with bacon jam and top grade maple syrup – complete the perfect picture.
Whoa-ffle with Pandan Ice-cream & Gula Melaka
Bo Innovation-schooled chef-owner Yvette Chua uses only egg whites in her punny take on the classic dessert, which results in a light, pretzel-style waffle that’s extra crispy and suitably fluffy on the inside. Distinguishing itself from the three other sweet waffle plates at Hatter Street, the homemade pandan ice-cream and not-too-sweet gula Melaka syrup artfully drizzled on top is a wonderful balance of East and West.
Its name on the menu is simple, but the sweet combo on the plate is anything but. Blue, cran and raspberries, Nutella and peanut butter, ice-cream, whipped cream and maple syrup all converge on Symmetry’s egg-rich waffles to keep them interesting – tailor your perfect formula of add-ins for a different bite each time the fork meets your mouth.
The S'mores $14.90
This trendy newbie gives its selection of six waffles an edge over the competition with the addition of yeast. Given time to rise and bubble, Stateland’s special batter shines in the chocolate-addled S’mores rendition, which gives toppings of chocolate ice-cream, salty graham crackers and toasted marshmallows an ethereally light bed of crunch to pair with.