Back in 2013, when even On The Rocks dared only to list Belgian waffles with maple syrup on its menu, the avant garde restaurant’s perpetually smiling chef Nimrat Pahwa presented us an offering sporting bacon and ricotta, with herbs like parsley and thyme mixed into the batter. She even plated a Tzatziki waffle topped with sun dried tomatoes for the vegetarian palate. But when she skipped town, the waffles did too, and even the Belgian who opened Waf O’Bel earlier this year, stuck to the sweet kind. So it was with much anticipation that we hurried to meet architect W Anand and his wife Minakshi who have set up a ‘neighbourhood’ cafe called Waffles Thru The Day, where they will offer sweet and savoury variants, from 7.30 am.
Sadly, we’re a few days too early and will get to taste said savoury offerings only post their launch, tonight. But going by their menu, our hopes are high. “Anand learnt to make waffles in Salt Lake City,” says Minakshi, sharing that a love for cooking is something they have nurtured over years of hosting guests for dinner and never outsourcing the food. “We don’t use any preservatives here, and as you can see, the juices are made fresh,” she says, pointing to Anand, busy overlooking the making of our Papaya & Pineapple coolers. Together, they offer waffles like the Caribbean, served with grilled chicken and jerk sauce. Even the sweet offerings like Brandied Raisin (Anand soaks the raisins for 20 days) sound mouth watering. But we settle for an airy, eggy, buttermilk waffle with cinnamon and maple syrup and promise to be back for more. From Rs 250 onwards. Details: 9884035655
Our next waffle stop is Felicita at the food court of Ampa Skywalk. The six-month-old Mumbai-based brand by Kinjal Mehta was inspired by a stint in Europe. Mehta has stuck to the tried and tested sweet waffle formula, and uses no egg in his product. And while you can choose from four Chef’s Recommendations here (we like the one loaded with Nutella and bananas), the highlight is that they encourage you to make your own waffle. You can choose your sauces (usuals include strawberry and maple syrup), spreads (like blueberry coulis, passion fruit) and toppings (fruit, nut, chocolate, brownie), and if you’re truly indulging, top it all with cream or ice cream too. Interestingly, their batter formula gives the waffles here a bit of bite. Felicita also offers a novel brownie waffle. But since it left our palate more confused than satisfied, we’ll stick to recommending their French Vanilla Cold Coffee, that turned out just right. Chef’s creations at Rs 140-Rs 150. Details: 30925969
— Ryan Peppin