Sir Stamford Waffles (a play on Sir Stamford Raffles) has reopened at Ang Mo Kio Central, after it announced its closure at Bedok 85 last year.
Opened by the folks behind Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café at Kovan, both their sister brands Oh My Tian and Sir Stamford Waffles (Bedok) did not survive too long after its opening.
This was despite some initial hype during the opening days. Hmm…
This outlet Ang Mo Kio Central has a similar whimsical design, though seemed to have scaled down in terms compared to Oh My Tian, looking a lot more ‘basic’.
A red signboard, an entrance painted in red and photos of clowns hanging on the vibrant-coloured walls.
Signature items include their Whoaffle ($5.50) intentionally spelt this way to indicate a different rendition of their waffles.
A set of Whoaffle with a single scoop of ice cream is available at $9.50, and double scoops is priced at $12.50.
Instead of the square shaped stacked waffles previously used at the outlet at Bedok 85, the Whoaffle is similar to the one seen at Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café.
I looked forward to their Whoaffle with certain expectation after hearing so much about it.
Appearance wise, it looked somewhat different from the usual waffles.
Shaped like a snowflake instead of a square with multiple edges and denser In texture, the Whoaffle would come drizzled with a complimentary sauce of your choice which included Gula Melaka, Salted Caramel, Chocolate or Espresso ButterScotch.
Taste-wise, the Whoaffle was crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside with a slightly chewy texture.
Unfortunately, it was slightly burnt with a lingering bitter taste, also lacking the buttery aroma and fragrance.
The saving grace was the smooth and creamy ice cream ($4 for Single scoop/ $7.50 for double scoops/ additional $0.50 for premium flavours).
With 7 ice cream flavours on display, classic flavours include Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Cookies & Cream, whereas interesting flavours include Sesame Tofu and outlet exclusive flavour – Kaya Roti.
The Kaya Roti ice cream had a familiar taste that came with small chunks of bread, with distinctive pandan, coconut milk and egg taste of the kaya.
The Tofu Sesame, on the other hand, was rich and flavourful with the right amount of sweetness.
Apart from ice cream and Whoaffles, mini cakes such as Mini Mermaid ($10.90), Mini Unicorn ($10.90), Mini After Eight ($8.90), Mini Strawberry Marshmallow ($8.90) and Mini Salted Caramel ($8.90) are available for desserts.
Another dish that is exclusive here and not at other Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café outlets is the savoury food options.
With only Crayfish Laksa ($8.90) on their savoury food menu at the moment, it comes with fried beancurd skin, beansprout, slices of fishcake and half a crayfish.
The laksa was quite “lemak” and slightly spicy, especially when mixed with the dollop of sambal chili.
The springy fishcake is worth a mention.
Good news is that they are bringing back the Instagram-worthy Unicorn Whoaffle in the future, using the same Whoaffle base as Hatter Street Bakehouse and Café.
The ice cream was flavourful and unique enough to make a return visit but their WHOAffle unfortunately did not have a “Woah” factor.
Sir Stamford Waffles
727 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, #01-4264, Singapore 560727
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.