I am still obsessed with waffles so I was ecstatic when I saw pictures of heart shaped waffles from Beard Papa’s new location! They closed down their stall in Richmond Centre and now they have an actual store in the same complex as London Drugs on No. 3 Road.
The space inside is bright and clean and would be a great place to hang out with friends. There’s also an ample amount of seating as well. With their floor to ceiling windows, it’s easy to entice passerby’s to come in!
This was the Green Tea and Matcha Waffleand I’ve seen a lot of pictures of it since Beard Papa’s has opened. I loved how they’re in heart shapes and they were nice and chewy! I would totally come back for this.
The Green Tea Fondant was not as good though. They display it in their fridge case and then they warm it up for you after you order it so that the fondant is melty although it really was just lukewarm. The cake part was strangely dense and chewy but sorta spongey? The green tea lava inside had a strong green tea flavour as advertised. The cake texture was not appetizing though so I wouldn’t get this again.
In addition to their signature cream puffs, they also have some other desserts in a display case now like small cakes and tiramisu.
I decided to grab lunch at Miura Waffle and Milk Bar since it was conveniently close to work.
I settled on the Garlic Fried Chicken which was served with lettuce, teriyaki sauce and mayo. The portion is large and very filling. I was really looking forward to the garlic fried chicken since you know I love fried chicken! However, the chicken seemed to be under seasoned and there really wasn’t any garlic flavour which was disappointing.
The waffles are American style and they are quite soft so the last piece tends to get a bit soggy if you eat slow. I think it was alright but didn’t quite hit the mark this time for me.
Their restaurant seems to be quite empty though no matter what time it is. Read about my last visit here and here.
In case you didn’t already know, I have a love affair with waffles :3 Naturally I fell in love with Nero’s after my first visit and I got the chance to visit again last weekend! It was a dreary rainy day and after my brunch with Carmen (check out her blog CuriouslyCarmen!), we went to Nero’s! Yes I always have room for dessert. =)
Luckily nobody was there and there was no line up! Woot! Seriously it’s like a small victory to me everytime I go somewhere with no line up haha The space is tiny inside and you can expect line ups during peak hours for sure so if you’re reading this, it’s probably not a good idea to rush there for Valentine’s day…
The special of the day was the Liege au Chocolat which we decided to try. The waffle comes with raspberries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and plenty of dark chocolate drizzle. It just looked so beautiful! <3 Waffle will you be my valentine?
The waffle was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside and the toppings went really well together. I like how the warm chocolate solidified on the cold ice cream. The raspberries were plump and offset the sweetness from the chocolate and of course ice cream goes well with any dessert!
You really must come here at least once if you love waffles! Read about my first visit here!
My friends and I spotted the newly opened Sugarholic Cafe in Aberdeen on the main floor near the fountain. It’s in that corner where a few other cafes have opened but none have survived. The waitress said that they have been open for almost a month now. The interior looks like a cutesy elegant high tea place and the ambiance seemed promising except that it was pretty quiet when we went around 8:30pm. Well ok I think they were quiet the whole night since I walked by earlier and peeked in…
They have a small dinner menu and also a section of waffles and toast/toast boxes which we decided to indulge in.
My friend and I ended up at Tuc Craft Kitchen for brunch after trying to watch the Santa Claus parade. We didn’t go early enough so we were stuck at the back and couldn’t really see anything. Then we just decided to go for brunch instead. Tuc Craft Kitchen wasn’t my first choice for brunch but they ended up being the only place without a line up and we didn’t want to wait.
This was the Lamb and Eggs which consisted of two sunny side up eggs, braised lamb shoulder, arugula, parsnips, cranberries and potatoes was served on a hot skillet. I just had a bite of this and the lamb was succulent, well braised in small pieces and very tender. The dish was on the small side though but it reflected the price ($13).
On another spontaneous work lunch outing, we decided to go to Cafe Medina! I’ve never been but I’ve certainly heard a lot about them. They have rave reviews! Also, long line ups but hey that’s how you know the food is good right? Thankfully it was a weekday and there was no line up at 1:30pm. Hurray (I hate line ups)! They are located on Richards and Robson Street now.
One of the items you must try is their lattes. They have some interesting flavours like lavender, salted caramel and raspberry caramel. We decided to share the Raspberry Caramel Latte. I am not a coffee aficionado (really I go to Starbucks/Blenz if I do get coffee…) but I could tell this was a superbly well-made latte! It was velvety in texture with hints of raspberry and caramel. I believe it is the smoothest latte I’ve ever had and I was nothing but impressed.
I had previously visited Waffle Gone Wild last year and it seems like their menu has expanded since then. They were also a lot busier so our waffles took half an hour to come… good thing I wasn’t in a hurry or hangry! It was still way too long though because I think they filled this to-go order before ours…
They now offer some liege waffles with pie inspired flavours (lemon perfection, homestyle apple and cinnamon etc.) as well as “Be Wild” flavours which are the green tea waffle, the mint chocolate waffle and the Japanese mochi waffle. I wasn’t too hungry so I decided to just get a waffle instead of one of their waffle creations.
This was the Mint Chocolate Waffle served with a side of whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar. I had imagined a green mint flavoured waffle filled with chocolate chips but what I got instead was a liege waffle with some very green mint chocolate chips instead. The waffle was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I did find the flavour of the mint chocolate chips to be a bit too artificially mint flavoured though. I should’ve stuck with the green tea one!
This was the Japanese Okonomiyaki Waffle ($7.99) with imitation crab meat, seaweed, bonito flakes and an added poached egg ($1.50) and black forest ham ($1.50). There were also some slices of apple, cucumber and potato salad on the side. The poached egg was perfectly poached and this was a great choice for a savoury waffle due to the okonomiyaki sauce used and the combination of ingredients. However, I think that $1.50 to add a piece of ham was a bit overpriced. Since I’ve had it with the add-ons now, I think it would be a bit plain without the poached egg …
The waffles are pretty good here and I would recommend it if you like waffles. Pricing is also not bad since some of the waffle creations start at $5.99 and they seem to have gotten more creative since my last visit. Presentation is also thoughtful.