BOOK A TABLE HERE | 2AM: DESSERT BAR | Singapore's first dessert restaurant, 2am: Dessert Bar, is constantly evolving. Chef Janice Wong and team are serving six sweet ($14-$18) and four savoury waffles from 10am to 6pm every day, and their selection is – as usual – quite out of this world. Pictured is the Checked Garden ($25) waffle – a charcoal waffle served with mushrooms in various forms and textures, and caviar. There is also the truffle bacon waffle ($24), one with beef croquettes ($20) and a mac and cheese version ($20). Of the sweet waffles, we're keen to try the 2am: Fonffle (a 70 per cent chocolate fondant waffle with blood orange sorbet, $18), as well as the Charcoal ($17), served with praline pop rocks. The waffles will be available on the menu from 9 May. You know how you can get a table...
ASSEMBLY COFFEE | Another spot to nosh at in sleepy (and leafy) Evans Lodge is Assembly Coffee. Although coffee takes centre stage on their menu, you can pair your cappuccinos ($4.50) and flat whites ($4.50), with a rich and sinful portion of their popular buttermilk waffles ($11.50) topped with vanilla ice cream and (very generously) drizzled with either salted caramel, Earl Grey caramel sauce or chocolate mint sauce. The salted caramel is their bestseller, so give it a go.
BOOK A TABLE HERE | THE BEAST | We honestly didn't like the chicken and waffles ($20) the first time we had it, but it's much much better this time. Owner Jamie Koh informed us that the menu has recently been boosted, and the kitchen crew, better - factors that brought about improvements in the much-hyped about chicken and waffles. This 24-hour buttermilk marinated chicken is more tender, richer, and the crisp batter, crunchier. The waffles are sturdy, but airy and soft, served with the right amount of bourbon maple sauce. The sweetness of the caramel-like alcoholic sauce and saltiness of the meat comes together well, and each bite is a pocketful of textures.
CREAMIER | This dependable neighbourhood ice-cream cafe has been dishing out scoops of their hand-made ice cream to Toa Payoh residents and beyond. With plans of opening a second outlet closer to town, there is now one more place to go for a waffle fix. Their square waffles ($6) come in a stack of two and these are airy, fluffy and make a great base for their creamy ice-cream flavours like sea salt gula Melaka and roasted pistachio ($2.50- $3 per scoop).
GRIDDY GOURMET WAFFLES | The food hall at basement level two of Westgate is sprawling with dining options. Sandwiched between casual dining restaurants is Griddy Gourmet Waffles. Although we love our kaya waffles from the neighbourhood bakery as much as the next Singaporean, we took to the gourmet, savoury offerings at Griddy quite well. Expect fillings like braised beef short ribs with meat sauce in the thin, fluffy-when-warm waffle, served with waffle fries on the side. On offer, too, are five different waffle sandwiches. Pictured is the Aloha Hawaiian ($7.90) sandwich stuffed with grilled chicken thigh, lettuce, tomato and mango salsa. We liked The Griddy Burger ($8.90) a cheeseburger alternative – a light waffle filled to the brim with a handmade beef patty, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and sautéed mushrooms. Crisp and adequately salty waffle fries are a nice accompaniment to the strange (but surprisingly comforting) waffle combination.
HATTER STREET | The hipster crowds have not yet trooped in to this Alice in Wonderland-themed café that sits beside popular Kovan eatery, Nakhon Kitchen. Walk in to whimsically cute decor and aromas of sinful baked goods. One of their must-try dishes are the Whoaffles ($8.90 each). These are crispy, Belgian-style grid waffles that come in three varieties – topped with vanilla ice-cream with salted caramel drizzle, topped with chocolate ice-cream with chocolate drizzle and the much-raved about pandan ice-cream with gula melaka drizzle. The ice-creams are made in-house and the creamy and fragrant pandan is a firm favourite that sells out fast.
ICE CUBE CAFÉ | Tucked inside "Gardens" (we mean Serangoon Gardens), is this not-so-fancy café that serves decent buttermilk waffles. Freshly baked on the spot, a little patience is required. They offer traditional waffles with syrup (choice of over six different syrups, $7.90) and waffles with fruits (choice of assorted fruits, caramel bananas or peach slices, $8.90). We also spotted an interesting combination: the waffle and wings (waffle topped with four pieces of drumlettes, $9.90) - working up to the full(er) portion at The Beast?
MAPLE & MARKET | Barely wading in its first year, this little café at Cassia Crescent has been quietly making ripples in the foodie scene with their home-baked cakes. Aside from that, they are also serving waffles (duh!) on their menu. Limited items, each of these waffles give the other griddle cake a run for their money. There is the usual suspect – the waffles with a single scoop of (Creamier) ice-cream on the top ($9). And the sweet waffles: assorted fruit waffles ($8) and caramalised banana waffles ($8). Rumour has it that the sweet waffles were so good that some guy ate five of them in one seating (shocking, we concur). Hopping on to the bandwagon of savoury sweet treats, they've come out with the maple and bacon waffle served with vanilla ice-cream ($14), perfect for the cured pork belly strips fans.
MAX BRENNER | The famed United States chocolate bar chain has been residing in our sunny island for a number of years, and have a reputation among us (HungryGoWhere's reviewers) for their waffles. The talk of the town is the Tutti Frutti waffles (waffles piled with strawberries and blueberries, drizzled with milk chocolate ganache and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, $18.90). If you're not a fan of berries, you won't go wrong with the apple pie cinnamon waffles ($18.90) or the banana split waffles ($18.90).
RESTORE | This vintage furniture restoration store was one of the early adapters, we daresay starters, of the waffles trend. When they opened in 2011, this store-slash-café on Tanjong Pagar Road was one of few that served the leavened hot plate cakes, and they continue to do good, straightforward versions. There are five waffles on the menu ($8.80-$9.80), all of which use a Belgian waffle recipe base. The cake-like base is soft and fluffy, and come with toppings like strawberries and blueberries ('Berry Good', $9.80), to gula Melaka with coconut flakes ('Kelapa', $8.80). All waffles are served on beautiful vintage plates (like you'd expect it any other way), and freshly-whipped cream. Ice-cream is optional ($2).
SALTED CARAMEL | For a good value waffle, we like the light and crisp ones from ice-creamery, Salted Caramel. At $3.50 a pop, we would happily swap our cups and cones for this good value waffle. Choose from a variety of flavours ($3.30 for a single scoop, $5.60 for a double). Their signature flavour is (obviously) the salted caramel and othe recommended flavours are the earl grey and the milo. The ice-creams are made with natural ingredients and free of preservatives. Always a plus in our books.
SHROVE TUESDAY | Although this charming cafe is named after a day synonymous with pancakes, we recommend you give their waffles a go. Why? Because they come topped with homemade gelato in innovative flavours. The waffles themselves are the Belgian-style round waffles and are priced at $5 each. These make a base for the gelato that comes in flavours like durian, toasted pistachio and bay leaf ($2.50 per scoop +$0.80 for premium flavours). The flavours keep changing so do call ahead before you visit.
SPATHE PUBLIC HOUSE | A feature on Spathe's daily and weekend brunch menu are the Belgian waffles. The airy and crisp waffles on their daily menu come topped with a crispy chicken leg and drizzled with a rich mornay sauce (a twist on the bechamel or white sauce with cheese added, $17). Come weekends the waffle menu increases to include one topped with bacon, eggs and house-made ketchup ($17) and sweet options like waffles with kaya butter ($15) or nutella ($13).
STATELAND CAFE | A tiny cafe on Bali Lane, Stateland Cafe is legitimately 'industrial chic'. The owners' families are all from industrial working backgrounds and their touches are everywhere, comprising recycled wood tables, iron grills, wall art and woodwork. Their menu is small, and waffles seem to be the stand-out order. These are traditional, yeast-raised waffles that are both sweet and savoury and made-to-order, service can be slow, but their soft, fluffy and adequately sauce-drenched waffles are worth the wait. We tried them topped with scrambled ages and bacon cream sauce ($14.90). For something sweet, their options include the very pretty red velvet waffles with chocolate and cream cheese glaze drizzled over (served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, $14.90).
SYMMETRY | Amidst the refined offerings on Symmetry’s menu is the waffle dish that seems run-of-the-mill at first, but don't be fooled. The waffle dish is a tower of four, thick and airy waffle wedges drizzled with maple syrup and topped with home made ice-cream (choose from French vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). This is served with a a mixed berry compote and a smear each of peanut butter and chocolate spread and chantilly cream ($16).
WAFFLELICIOUS | Whether you’re craving for these grid-cakes for breakfast, or sweet waffles for dessert, Wafflelicious is your answer to all-day waffles. They open till 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, so it's a late-night hangout place as well. You can create your own combination with various toppings, or choose from the signature sweet or savoury ingredients. The Wafflelicious W.I.C.H. ($9.90) is a massive meal of plain waffle, cheese, ham, sausage, baked beans and corn kernels. For the sweet-toothed, the Bananarama ($8) – banana waffle, ice cream, Oreo cookie crumbs, fresh banana – is a satisfying option.
WAFFLE SLAYER | Strangers' Reunion has opened up a waffles shop next door, and it’s equally hipster. There are eight sweet waffles, and two savoury waffles. The sweet tooth among us would be drawn to the red velvet buttermilk waffle with chocolate fudge and vanilla ice-cream ($14.90), and the banana brulee buttermilk waffle with walnuts and vanilla ice cream ($14.90); while the savoury-leaning would spring for the squid ink waffle with maple Dijon bacon, pistachio tuile and vanilla ice cream ($16.90). We’re not quite sure about the Schlong coffee (double ristretto with half long black, $4.90) though.
WAFFLE TOWN | Another chain from The States, this American diner serves fried chicken, burgers and waffles. But the star of the restaurant is the waffles (of course). They offer savoury waffles such as the turkey ham and egg waffle ($4.50) and chicken sausage and egg waffle ($4.50). Torn between chicken sausage or turkey ham? Get the combo waffle ($6.20) where they have egg, ham, bacon and sausage all in a plate. Sticking to tradition for their sweet waffles, they have a single scoop ice-cream (choice of traditional flavours – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) waffle ($4.50) or you can add fruit such as apple, blueberry, strawberry, peach and raspberry for an additional charge of $1.70 per portion.
WIMBLY LU | Wimbly Lu cafe at the quiet Jalan Riang enclave do great desserts, so its no surprise that their sweet waffles are a worthy treat and a regular order for us. Opt for the so simple but so good grid waffle served with maple syrup and butter ($6.50). Alternately, you can spring for the waffles topped with a scoop of ice-cream ($8.50), choose from flavours like vanilla bean, cheesecake rum and raisin, salted caramel, and more. The finishing touch is a drizzle of sauce, either maple, chocolate or toffee.
WILD HONEY | Among the myriad of all-day breakfast plates available at Wild Honey (Mandarin Gallery) the Belgian($19) is one with the fluffy waffles slathered with coconut cream, grilled mango and blueberries and topped with toasted coconut flakes. For more tropical flavours, head over to their Scotts Square outlet and ask for the Carribean ($20), here the waffles are coconut flavoured and topped with fresh passionfruit créme patisserie, fresh baby bananas and slices of mango, then garnished with toasted coconut flakes and passionfruit syrup. These dishes are exclusive to their respective outlets.
YELLOW CUP COFFEE | Inspired by New York’s buzzing cafe culture, Yellow Cup Coffee on Havelock Road serves a good cuppa. Home-brewed from beans sourced from Ethiopia, Uganda and Hawaii, the espresso shots are pulled on an impressive La Marzocco Strada coffee machine. The coffee makes a good accompaniment to their made-to-order waffles. These waffles are crisp on the outside and fluffy within and come either topped with sliced bananas, strawberries and blueberries and maple syrup ($8) and a savoury option topped with poached eggs wrapped in salmon nests and served with cream cheese ($15).