“Come into my parlour.”, said the spider to the fly. The scent of waffles shot out like webbing and reeled me into the Waki Waffles stationed just outside the Sun Shop. Paying bills can work up a hunger pang. A good half an hours wait for my number, just three from one currently served when I walked in, merited a carb allowance.
The cheery yellows made the kiosk even more welcoming. I sat on the counter right in front of their industrial waffle irons for a full aromatherapy treatment. A homegrown Cebuano business, Waki Waffles have a Create-Your-Own-Waffle option alongside their Sweet and Savory presets. Everything begins with a choice of either the light and crispy Brussels waffle or the soft and chewy Liege. Go el cheapo with just the plain or pay extra for the add-ons and the corresponding calories.
I ordered a Bacon & Maple waffle off the presets on a Brussels. Chunks of bacon were cooked on the waffle iron. I egged the attendant to finish off the remaining bacon in her freezer disposable so she wouldn’t have day overs. Her Chinese laugh gave indication that she is limited to a prescribed number of bacon pieces per grid. Waffle batter was then poured in and the iron clamped shut. A few minutes later the waffle was fished out all golden and maple syrup was sparingly spooned over it.
Used to the soft waffles, the slight crunch was a novelty. I may have made the mistake of choosing Brussels for my savory as I found myself looking for more weight in the mouthfeel. The sugar in the batter at the very minimum allowed the add-ons to work their magic. Maple syrup naturally goes with most starches especially the batter-based kind. And oh God, bacon. ‘Nuff said. Waki Waffles should consider putting out a Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken & Maple Syrup on Waffles combo.
The cashier recommended Waki Waffle’s Cucumber Iced Tea. Refreshingly different, the intensity of the flavor and the day-glow green at the bottom of the cup betrayed a bottled cucumber-flavored syrup prep instead of a natural infusion but it reminded me much of the Cucumber-Citrus Cooler from Lemongrass.
Just needing to try the Liege, I ordered one with Blueberries and Cream Cheese. More dense in texture than Brussles, it had a more bang-for-buck feel. A light dusting of confectioner’s sugar was a nice touch of sweetness versus what would have been an aggression from granulated. I love the taste of blueberries and I’m big on cream cheese so they didn’t need to do much with it to coax a smile out of me.
Menu photos grabbed from the Waki Waffles website.
Waki Waffles outlets are located at the mezzanine of the Ayala Active Zone and at the Upper ground floor of SM City Cebu.