Get Your Breakfast Fix Any Time of Day at This New Waffle Bar in Quezon City
Afternoon waffles? Uh, yes, please!
G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) A big-name mall and Rustic Mornings by Isabelo—these things couldn't be farther from one another on the ubiquity scale. Not that city dwellers seem to have a problem with driving all the way to the border of Metro Manila for a proper hefty breakfast, because admit it, you've probably done it before.
With that, though, Chef Portia Dee Baluyut had to come up with creative ways of reaching out and expanding her horizons. Selling her signature pancake mix was one thing, but taking her waffles further than they've arguably ever been is another. And you will hear complaints from neither us nor the regulars of UP Town Center.
If you're used to the servings at Rustic Mornings, fear not! Waffable is all about being able to have your snack—and walk around with it, too.
The Churro (P85) is a fan favorite for a reason. Drizzled with yema fudge and Portia's signature buttercream, it promises to satisfy several (very specific) cravings all at once. It even has banana slices on top so you can pretend it's a balanced meal. (Hint: It's not.)
It only gets better—or worse, depending on how you look at it—from there. You can customize your waffle, but the burden of choice is a heavy one. While you're familiarizing yourself with your options, have a bite of Apple Pie (P95), which we can only describe as Captain Steven Grant Rogers in waffle form.
Mostly to pretend any of this is healthy, we're staying on the fruit flight with the Blueberry Burst (P95). On paper, it's just fruit compote on a classic waffle, but at this point everyone knows there's no “just” when it comes to Portia. She would never allow it. The secret is the tangy fruit jam (we suspect there's banana in it) and, again, that now-unmistakeable buttercream. Two words: Good Lord.
The Strawberry Cream (P95) and the Choco Loco (P95) together make for either a fun sharing experience or a really depressing Saturday night. And unless it's terminal, there shall be no word of what this dream duo can't cure. One's almost bright in its freshness—and if you've never tasted bright, this is your chance—while the other is deeply, devastatingly sweet, firmly dessert in category. Eat 'em while they're hot.
And while all of these little waffle wonders are not at all bad once they've gone cold, there's one waffle to rule them all and in the darkness bind them. Too much? Maybe. But the Brownie Brittle (P95) is so worth that kind of fanfare. You know how when the unofficial chef among your friend group makes a batch of brownies (the P.G. kind, you animals) and everyone fights over the slices with the crispy edges? This is all edge. All. Edge. Gasp.
Waffable already gets props for creative and effective marketing, which sometimes seems like all there is to it these days, but it says so much about them that they didn't stop there. In fact, it might even have been an afterthought that just got lucky, because the wares on their own just might render a grown man incoherent for a few seconds.
Photos by Vincent Coscolluela