I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I dug into the warm, light and soft Classic Belgian waffle. With maple syrup — that tasted just the right amount of sweet — poured generously over the buttery waffle, my first meal of the day spelt pure bliss.
Next came the Blueberry Waffle topped off with a delightful dollop of whipped cream, which was also quite delicious, as the blueberry and cream blended beautifully.
But probably because of the extravagant amounts of syrup, both the waffles were a little soggy. A little crispiness wouldn’t have hurt. You invariably long for a glass of water after having scarfed waffles, so I found the non-availability of drinking water a bit of a let-down.
What cheered me up was the Chicken-and-Cheese Waffle they’ve come up with for those who prefer to skip the sugarfest. I would’ve rather had the same toppings on buttered toast, but the hint of sweetness in the waffle mingled well with the savoury chicken and cheese.
Location: 1&3, Chanakyapuri, FC Road
Price: Rs 80 Classic Belgium Waffle
The Chocolate Room
I entered this place hoping to find there the perfect chocolate waffle of my dreams but I wasn’t entirely pleased. I love this place for the dizzying variety of chocolate dishes it offers, but the Marshmallow Waffle with Chocolate Syrup and a scoop of Vanilla ice-cream here was surprisingly hard and over-cooked.
The chocolate was impeccable as expected, but didn’t ooze out generously enough from the waffle. There were only all of six tiny marshmallows placed on the waffle and the size could be more, for the price one pays.
But the banana-split waffle, with its fresh fruit flavour and cheerful, bright yellowness managed to make up for the previous discontent. Here, it’s kudos to the chic ambience and the luscious, heart-warming chocolate variety that manages to inspire a deep sigh of satisfaction.
Location: Sagar Arcade, FC Road
Price: Rs 150 for the Marshmallow Waffle
The wafting aroma of flavoured hookahs to lounge over, pop music in the background, a sinfully huge burger or hotdog on your plate, and the entire evening stretching lazily before you — the Barn may sound like an unusual destination for a waffle devotee but treat this traditional breakfast item as dessert here if you’ve dropped in for a meal.
Don’t let the lack of prominence given to the waffle on their menu mislead you into believing it might not be one of their specialities, for it is truly a sweet surprise.
After relishing a hot and crispy chicken burger, I ordered the Barn Belgian Waffle with Whole Strawberry Crush and trust me, it was one of the finest waffles ever! It was neither hard nor soft, perfectly firm and freshly-baked.
The quantity of the strawberry crush could have been a little more liberal, but it sufficed. They serve the waffle with maple or chocolate syrup as well. Do not commit the blunder of giving the waffle here a miss!
Location: 393 Sanas Corner, Lane 5, South Main Road Corner, Koregaon Park
Price: Rs 80
You’re greeted with a classy décor and agreeable ambience as soon as you step inside this gorgeous place for a lazy weekend brunch. The warm, delectable waffle adorned with fruit compote and whipped cream comes with a choice between honey and maple syrup to go with. It is so good that it’ll make you all happy even after a really bad day. That fresh-out-of-the-oven smell is irresistible and overpowering.
Crispy on the outside and pleasingly soft inside, the waffle is not rich, yet filling, and they generously serve four large portions — enough to set you off for a sound afternoon siesta!
However, having it with just honey made it a tad dry and bland for me, so I suggest you add a good few spoonfuls of maple syrup to give it a nice tang. The best part is you don’t have to sacrifice your precious quota of morning sleep for waffle paradise here, thanks to an all-day breakfast menu.
Location: South Main Road, Koregaon Park
Price: Rs 125