10 Crazy Waffle Dishes We're Obsessed About
Waffles like you've never seen them before.
(SPOT.ph) We have an unconditional love for waffles. Whether it's square-shaped, round, or cut into triangles; whether it's simply with butter, laced with syrup, or crowned with ice cream; whether it's chocolate or pumpkin or fruity, as long as we get that winning crunchy texture, then we're happy.
Waffles are one of those well-loved dishes, and restaurants understand this—so much so, that some of them know that when they offer waffles, we'll eat them up. Not everything is good though. And this, well, this is the story of those who are successful in that attempt.
Also read: Top 10 Waffles in Manila (2015 Edition)
No Reservations’ Seoul Style Wings and Waffle (P329)
This dish is a play on a good ol’ classic. The chicken is spicy and delectable, but the griddles steal the show. The waffles are perfectly cooked: a good brittle crust with a soft interior. A surprise savory twist greets you at the end of every mouthful. These babies are spiked with spring onion, and that flavor really works for the Asian theme that this dish has going for it.
No Reservations is at 2/F 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about No Reservations.
Mr. Diggins' Soft-Serve Ice Cream (P95)
Mr. Diggins' tasty treat changes how you understand the term “waffle cone.” This soft-serve stop flourishes their creamy ice cream with a freshly cooked golden waffle fan wedged on top. Hold the spoon! We’ll eat our dessert with our waffle instead.
Mr. Diggins is at Box Park, Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about Mr. Diggins.
Kitchen Diaries’ S’mores Waffles (P100 to P150)
This little dessert shop has a habit of pandering to your childhood memories. Their waffles, for example, are adorable things. There’s one with peaks of whipped cream, swipes of Nutella, and slices of banana; another with chunks of Choc-Nut and mangoes; and yet another with crushed Oreos and cereal. Our favorite, however, is the S’mores, which is a s’mores-gasbord (LOL!) of fluffy pink marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, and chocolate sauce over thin, crunchy waffles.
Kitchen Diaries is at 2/F 11 East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Kitchen Diaries.
Milkbox’s Wonuts (P210)
Waffles get the sundae treatment at Milkbox. We used to be happy with just griddles and butter—whipped cream as a bonus—but not after a trip to Milkbox. They have actual waffle sundaes (complete with scoops of ice cream), sandwiches made of waffles (including grilled cheese), and, the showpiece, waffle donuts. The waffles are made extra crispy thanks to a dip in the deep fryer, making them the perfect contrasting vessel to the soft, luscious creams in between.
Milkbox is at Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Milkbox.
Taco Vengo’s Chwaffle a la Mode (P130)
Here’s an ingenious spin to the waffle. This faux Mexican taqueria combines it with another favorite—churros! Served inside a skillet, the Chwaffle is lighter than air and boasts a resounding crunch. A few simple embellishments, premium vanilla ice cream, cinnamon powder, and dulce de leche, are all it needs to become the dessert you’ll be seeing again and again in your dreams.
Taco Vengo is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Taco Vengo.
CaliBurger’s Bacon, Cheese, and Waffle Sandwich (P145)
This mouthwatering stack is the essential breakfast burger. One bite has everything you need for a perfect start-of-day meal. It has fresh tomatoes, too, to take the edge off the heavy components.
The Breakfast Menu is available only at CaliBurger, Timog Avenue, Quezon City, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Pia y Damaso’s Bibingka Waffle (P150)
This Filipino-European restaurant isn’t the first to marry these two treats together, but Chef Bambi Sy-Gonio does it with her own special flair. The delicious rice cake is rewarded with the delightful texture of waffle, and it goes above and beyond the usual garnishes. Pia y Damaso accents their reinvention with coco jam, Malagos goat cheese, salted egg, and quezo de bola.
Pia y Damaso Subversive Filipino Cuisine is at 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. Read more about Pia y Damaso Subversive Filipino Cuisine.
Diner on 16th’s Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and Ube Waffles (P249)
Just a few paces away from Taco Vengo comes another “chwaffle”—this time a portmanteau of chicken and waffles. Chicken and waffles is a duo as classic as Simon and Garfunkel, but Diner on 16th changes the game by flavoring their waffles ube! That nutty profile works beautifully against the saltiness of the chicken.
Diner on 16th is at G/F 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Diner on 16th.
Egg-It’s Eggettes (P75 to P90)
Any fan of Hong Kong street food will surely appreciate the efforts of this hole-in-the-wall. Not only do they put the spotlight on these soft, crunchy, bubbly waffles, they also innovate its usual butter or chocolate flavors with interesting concoctions like Black Pepper Spam (our favorite) or Red Velvet. Sometimes, they’re even accented with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or fruit.
Egg-It is at 6F San Rafael Street corner Sta. Rosa Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Egg-It.
Pi Breakfast and Pies’ Chicken and Waffles (P165)
There must be something about chicken and waffles that make it so conducive to revisions. In this version, Pi Breakfast and Pies gives a light kick to your taste buds with its jalapeño-infused batter. There’s corn in the mix, too. This dish is a great demonstration in balance. Julienned green apples, maple sour cream, and blueberries counter the heft of the chicken—skin!
Pi Breakfast and Pies has branches at 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and The Grove by Rockwell, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Pasig City. Read more about Pi Breakfast and Pies.
Photos from Instagram @caliburgerph (CaliBurger) and Lyssa Cabarles (Pi Breakfast and Pies)