10 New Places for Your Breakfast-Waffle Fix in Manila
Waffles are pancakes with abs.
(SPOT.ph) Whether savory or sweet, American, Belgian, or Hong Kong-style, there’s no denying the goodness of a buttery waffle. It is, after all, a crunchier version of the pancake made with almost the same ingredients. It’s simple, versatile, and can be had any time of the day. We’ve recently spotted a couple of new restaurants where you can get your fill of this classic treat. So, waffle you waiting for?
Opened in 2017, Batter or Dough promises freshly cooked, crispy waffles all day, every day. Their plain waffle called the Batter or Dough Original (P95) is best eaten warm and with sweet toppings like Nutella or cinnamon sugar. With their slew of decadent add-ons, it’s hard to choose. Their whipped butter and maple syrup combo is a crowd-favorite.
Batter or Dough is at 4/F The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City.
This all-in-one dessert place in Bonifacio Global City covers a wide spectrum of sweets you wouldn’t imagine one restaurant to have. Here, they have churros, ice cream, cakes, pastries, and—you guessed it—waffles. The Ferrero Waffle (P380) is as sinful as it gets, with maple syrup, melted milk chocolate, chocolate chips, crushed hazelnuts, and Ferrero Rocher on a crunchy-soft, freshly cooked waffle.
St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert is at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
If you’re looking for a complete breakfast experience, this Tomas Morato restaurant lives up to its name, offering an assortment of breakfast staples, from Filipino classics to trendier combinations like the Chicken and Waffles (P295). This bestseller flaunts a golden fried chicken that's juicy on the inside, along with one sunny-side-up egg and four buttery waffles that just melt in your mouth. This neighborhood hangout will elevate your breakfast game.
The Breakfast Experience is at 85 Scout Fuentebella corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
When you think of ice cream parlors, hot and thick-cut waffles don’t usually come to mind. But Gelare at Uptown Mall tries to be a bit more adventurous, not only offering their signature American-Italian ice cream blend, but also a couple of waffle-based dishes to boot. It doesn’t get more traditional than their Classic Waffle (P180), which comes with generous dollops of whipped cream. If you’re up for something more savory and filling, order a plate of Eggs Ben (P279), a spin-off of the Eggs Benedict—instead of English muffins, Gelare serves this with their homemade, crisp waffles.
Gelare is at 3/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.
This cool zoo-themed Korean café isn’t just about the furry faux animals scattered throughout their little space, or their refreshing bingsu that can delight any sweet tooth—they also have waffles! The Mango Waffle (P190), for example, is a huge serving of four thick-cut waffles with a drizzle of tangy-sweet mango syrup topped with fresh mango slices, whipped cream, and a big scoop of mango gelato. Pair the waffles with Zoo Coffee’s Caramel Frappe while you’re at it.
Zoo Coffee is at LG/F Building A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.
Although waffles aren’t the star of the show at Industrie Food Loft’s The Pullet, they’re still worth a mention for their buttery taste and consistently crisp texture. Often served as a side dish to their breaded fried chicken, the waffles are lightly dusted with confectionery sugar to give it a bit of sweetness—a nice complement to the chicken’s salty and savory flavor.
The Pullet is at Industrie Food Loft, City Golf Complex, Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City.
One of the best-ever food combinations has got to be coffee and waffles. Bluesmith Coffee has two kinds: The Dark Choco Churro Waffle (P220) for chocoholics, and the Blueberry Cheesecake Waffle (P240), a classic flavor used in many desserts like cheesecake and ice cream. What makes these waffles so special? The secret is in Bluesmith Coffee’s signature batter, which comes across as a churro-waffle hybrid—crisp on the outside and soft and chewy inside.
Bluesmith Coffee is at MJ Plaza, 2310 Chino Roces Avenue, Magallanes, Makati City.
Even though Vampire Penguin is popular for their Taiwanese shaved-ice treats called baobing, many people flock to this little stall at Ayala Malls The 30th for their buttery and mildly sweet egg waffles. The Strawberry Cheesecake (P280) is heaven on a plate, with tangy strawberry shaved ice, graham crackers, cheesecake bits, fresh strawberries, and of course, a warm egg waffle at the bottom. You can also order their egg waffles separately if cold desserts aren’t your thing.
Vampire Penguin is at 4/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
There can never be too many breakfast places. That’s why B.A.D. is here for everyone’s late-night breakfast fix. And what’s breakfast without fluffy, crisp waffles? Think of B.A.D.’s Bacon & Cheddar Waffle (P280) as the adult version of your favorite A.M. staple. Served with caramelized bacon and a perfectly runny egg, these waffles are best eaten with Chef Mikko Reyes’ homemade bourbon pancake syrup. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
B.A.D. Late Night Breakfast Bar is at The Palace Complex, 11th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio.
Trust us when we say that Olivia & Co.’s Snorlax Waffles (P185) are one of the best waffle dishes you’ll have in the Metro. This fusion restaurant is known for many things—their juicy sliders, their Asian-inspired fried chicken wings, their tangy and delicious kimchi pasta, and these three-stack waffles that are too hard to pass up. Named after the gigantic bear-like Pokemon, one order will give you a heap of buttery waffles garnished with a homemade berry compote, drizzles of honey, sliced bananas, salty bacon bits, and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you want your dessert to be extra sinful, this is the one you’re looking for.
Olivia & Co. is at 2/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.