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    Not too long after their first stall in January, Westfield is ready to expand.

    RIGHT from Movenpick and Amadora to Haagen Dazs and waffle-specific brands like Waffles Thru The Day, the Belgian dessert is a clear hit in the city. Keeping this in mind, Francis Xavier is all set to open a second kiosk serving the sweet treat, in Chetpet, as a follow-up to his five-month old Westfield on Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar. While reasonably priced, Xavier has taken care to remain as authentic as possible when it comes to preparation. “Instead of using waffle ready-mixes, we make the batter ourselves using wheat flour,” he says. He is supported by his niece who has attended a waffle making course in Brussels and her mother, Remy Peter, who is the CEO.
    For the lolly waffle (waffle on a stick) there are a variety of sauce options (think Nutella, maple, honey, dark chocolate, etc), which are unsurprisingly a hit with children. The conventional gaufre de Bruxelles (the Belgian waffle) goes well with ice-cream and caramel sauce. To add to the sugar rush, toppings include icing sugar, wafer biscuits, fruit fillings (strawberry, blueberry), nuts and more. Try the mini Dutch pancakes (poffertjes) for variety or wait till they introduce their crepes. All this when we hear that Christophe Bonello is reopening Waf-O-Bel as a cafe in Chetpet with waffles, crepes, coffee, milkshakes and more. Surely, good times are coming!

    Waffles from Rs 70. Details: 33011685

    — Karan Pillai

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