CHECK IT OUT: The Wafflerie at Pegi Waffles, P. Guevarra St., San Juan City
Sweet and savory waffles, the way they were meant to be.
(SPOT.ph) When Starbucks first opened its doors to the public, children of all ages were enamored by one of their sweet offerings-the Belgian Waffle, served warm on a plate with fluffy whipped cream and dripping with chocolate sauce. Never mind the sugar rush you get after or the immediate need to drink a glass of water. That is one delicious waffle.
The famous Belgian Waffle (whose correct name is the Liege Waffle, we were told) is actually made in a little shop along P. Guevarra called Pegi Waffles. After supplying waffles all over the country for the last decade, owner Ana Katigbak finally decided it was time to open up their own Wafflerie and serve the sweet treats just the way they liked it. "Having our wafflerie enables us to serve our products the way we wish to serve them," she tells us. "We experiment, as well as market-test our new products on-the-spot. That’s why our regulars are not surprised anymore when something that’s not in the menu comes out of the kitchen!" Although she enjoys her Liege Waffle "warm, plain and simple" with just a cup of hot coffee, the Wafflerie at Pegi Waffles has a wide array of dishes that go from sweet to savory.
Fans of the Liege Waffle will love Pegi's Classic (P95). Tangy fruits of the season and ice cream play against the warmth and crunch of the waffle. There's the Brussels Waffle (P75), a giant slab of square waffle. The butter just melts right on the surface of this crepe batter concoction. But if you wanted to taste the waffle that started it all in its bare form, the Liege Waffle is also available. They also have savory waffles on the menu, like the Tuna Melt Waffle (P59), the Ham-Cheese and Bechamel Sauce Waffle (P59) and the Pesto Salami Waffle (P69).
Waffles aside, the Wafflerie also serves Certo! Ravioli, for those who want something a little more savory. The Ragu Bolognese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce (P185) is as filling as it is delicious, the tang of the tomato sauce perfectly complementing the meat filling. A milder option is the Shrimp Tarragon Ravioli with Bacon Cream Sauce (P165); plump pillows bursting with creamy white sauce with a muffled crunch from the shrimps. There’s also the Mushroom Ravioli with Bacon Cream Sauce (P165), which offers a good balance of flavors from earthy mushrooms complemented by subtly seasoned sauce. Certo is also available in frozen packs for those who want to make a nice Italian meal at home without the hassle.
Photos by Carla de Guzman