By: Anthia Chng
Whether it’s sweet or savoury, crispy or soft, served up plain or piled-high with goodies, the waffle is one of the most versatile joy-givers out there. We just love ’em! Needless to say, taking on the task of scouring the island for the best waffle joints was not a difficult one. Below, EL brings to you the top seven places to visit for your next waffle outing.
For the adventurous foodie
1. Waffle Slayer
37 Kampong Bahru Road, 6222 4869
A fan of the popular Stranger’s Reunion? It’s sister café has opened up right next door. Run by Singapore National Barista Champion Ryan Kieran, Waffle Slayer offers a range of interesting adaptations to signature buttermilk waffles. Dessert lovers can rejoice over the fact that there are eight sweet flavours to choose from, including the Banana Brulee Buttermilk Waffle with walnut crunch and vanilla bean ice cream. For a unique savoury option to tickle your taste buds, try the daring Squid Ink Waffle ($18.90) with Dijon maple bacon, pistachio tuile and vanilla bean ice cream. It sounds outrageous, but it’s a popular choice.
For the sweet tooth
2. Stateland Cafe
30 Bali Lane, 9296 4997
This industrial-themed café on Bali Lane serves up typical all-day breakfast options and pasta dishes. However, what sets Stateland Café apart, is their wicked range of desserts made from traditional yeast-raised waffles and thick-cut honey toasts. Aside from The Classic Waffle – topped with frozen berries and maple syrup – are more innovative flavours such as The Black Forest and The S’MORES. Try the signature Red Velvet Waffle ($14.90), a deep-red chocolate-flavoured waffle topped with cream cheese glaze and vanilla ice cream.
For the soft-serve addict
3. Sunday Folks
44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, 6479 9166
Nestled in the cute ‘hood of Chip Bee Gardens is dessert café Sunday Folks. It’s Holland V location makes Sunday Folks a convenient place to visit after a meal at nearby food joints. Enjoy the delicate flavour of the Belgian Waffle with Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream ($11.80), featuring the same crispy waffles as its sister café Creamier. Fancy something unique? Try their edgier flavours, such as Sea Salt Gula Melaka and Roasted Pistachio. A softer, creamier and lighter version of ice cream – the café’s signature ‘soft-serve’ – is founded by Creamier and churned in temperatures slightly higher than normal ice cream. A word of warning, though: Sunday Folks’ special ice cream, especially when paired with hot waffles, tends to melt faster, so get those Instas in fast!
For a salty-sweet combination
4. Fatcat Ice Cream Bar
416 Bedok North Avenue 2, 8201 1201
Newly open in January, Fatcat Ice Cream Bar isn’t your average ice cream parlour. Located in the East, this neighbourhood gem prides itself on its dessert plates, gourmet waffles and made-from-scratch ice cream. If you’re looking for something out of-the-box, order the Bamboo Charcoal Waffle ($6) with salted egg yolk sauce. Drizzle the salty-sweet sauce over the jet-black waffles and add a scoop of pistachio ice cream for a taste buds-explosion (complete with visual appeal). Other unique sweets include Lime Marshmallows and Mojito Spheres.
For a guilty pleasure
5. Sin Lee Foods
4 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee, 6377 3170
Sin Lee Foods’ Fried Chicken and Waffles ($21.90) is exactly as it sounds: a piece of tender chicken leg fried to golden perfection atop an iron waffle, alongside caramel sauce and coleslaw. Located at the void deck of an HDB block in Bukit Ho Swee, this café exudes old-school charm by retaining the name and signboard used by the shop’s previous owner. Other dishes include a twist on classic fries, Salted Egg Sweet Potato Fries, and innovative dishes like Umami Brioche. Head to this spot if you’re looking to switch up brunch with pals.
For a classic ice cream and waffles combination
6. Salted Caramel Café
246F Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Garden Estate, 6753 1718
Serving up since 2011, this dining spot prides itself on its handcrafted ice cream, which is made from scratch without preservatives or artificial sweeteners. Although the ice cream is the star of the show, the freshly baked waffle makes a cracking backup singer – with a slight crisp on the exterior and a melt-in-your mouth fluffy middle. Indulge in a winning combination of the Homemade Waffle with Double Scoop ($9.10). Our recommendations? The Horlicks Tim Tam and Salted Caramel flavours will turn any bad day around.
For a quaint stuffing session…
7. Wimbly Lu Chocolate Café
15-2 Jalan Riang, 6289 1489
Another deserving contender for serving up top-notch waffles is three-year-old dessert place Wimbly Lu Chocolate Café. The folks at Wimbly are best at simple, heavenly waffle combinations – nothing beats a freshly baked Waffle with Ice Cream ($8.50) on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The quaint café also serves up wide selection of desserts, like their raved-about Root Beer Cake. Plus, we’re fans of their hearty (but small) savoury menu, which includes Beef Cottage Pie.