I wonder why are there not more places selling Chicken and Waffles?
The chicken and waffle pairing is known as “soul food”, a Southern-style sweet and savoury combination typically added with butter and maple syrup.
One day, I also hope to see a local hawker stall selling their version of Fried Chicken Cutlet on waffles (if they have kitchen space), perhaps even with our own local twist (like Gula Melaka maple syrup). Because why not?
Here are 10 popular café and brunch places you can find Chicken Waffles in Singapore:
26 Beach Road, South Beach Tower #B1-21, Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sat), 10:30am – 4:30pm (Sun)
Caffe Cicheti at South Beach Tower is a great place to wind down during the weekends for brunch. It calls itself a “modern-day osteria” which brings fresh, bright flavours from the coasts of Italy.
I was enticed by their Waffles ($23.50) on Instagram and headed straight for it. No regrets.
The double-fried chicken thigh was done well – crispy, juicy, sizable piece; on topped of buttermilk waffles which just that the right amount of light crisp and wasn’t overly dense.
Though if I needed to nit-pick: the maple syrup was directly drizzled over, some parts ended up too sweet while the others didn’t get ‘covered’.
The Beast Southern Kitchen + Bourbon Bar
17 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199329
Tel: +65 6295 0017
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Located near Arab Street and Bugis, The Beast has been known for its hearty meals and big portions, with signature items of The Beast Burger, Southern Fried Chicken, and Mac & Cheese Burger. (Need an extra friend to split the calories and guilt)
Head straight for The Beast’s Chicken and Waffles ($20) which contains signature fried chicken with waffles and house-made bourbon maple butter sauce.
The chicken came in a big slab and was flavoursome – of boneless chicken thing brined for 24 hours then fried till golden brown.
Though the waffles were airy and plain (A friend mentioned about a “weird yeast taste”.) The alcoholic bourbon whisky sauce was one of a kind (ie need to get used), which added a smoky twist to the sweet maple syrup.
For the People
11 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209182
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
With an intention to create a space for people to connect and recharge over food and drinks, the space at For The People is considerably spacious with a 60-seater space. I like the space as it has relaxing vibes and enough seating area during off-peak hours.
The Fried Chicken & Waffles ($19) is a balance of sweet and savoury, of crispy boneless chicken thing on Belgian waffles with maple syrup drizzle.
I enjoyed the chicken, though some people may be divided over the waffles which was light and spongy, rather than crispy and buttery-rich. Suppose that helped balanced the richness of the meat.
Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant
31 Purvis Street Singapore 188608 (in between City Hall and Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm (Mon – Thu), 8am – 9pm (Fri – Sun)
If New York pancakes are your thing. Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant is a famed American breakfast institution hailing from Lower East Side New York.
The restaurant is known for its Blueberry Pancakes ($19.00), Chicken and Waffles ($21), Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich ($17.00) and Farmer’s Plates ($22.00) of soft scrambled eggs, farmhouse cheddar, house rosemary pork patties, herb-roasted tomatoes with sourdough toast.
The Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Vanilla Buttermilk Waffle ($21) came drizzled with the warm maple butter.
I wished that the chicken came in a bigger piece – liked the batter though, not oily and crisp-crunchy, like how a South-Western chicken should be. The waffles could have arrived with a better crisp (could be too floppy at parts). But the maple syrup was delicious.
896 Dunearn Road, Sime Darby Centre #01-11 Singapore 589742 (King Albert Park MRT Exit B)
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon), 8pm – 7pm (Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun), 8am – 9pm (Thurs, Fri)
There is a minimalist style Korean lifestyle café at Bukit Timah, which appears to be still quite under-the-radar.
I couldn’t resist the Savoury Waffles ($18) included with scrambled eggs and fried chicken (or sausage and bacon).
The food items are freshly prepared, so do wait a while for them to be ready. Of late, I actually do not have overly high expectations of breakfast/brunch sets at cafes, because there would just be an item or two within the plate that would be ‘off’.
For this, the scrambled eggs were warm and luxuriously creamy, fried chicken crisp and on-point-juicy.
While the waffle was of a different style (could be more buttery I thought), I think people would like the overall combination.
Yardbird Southern Table And Bar
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B1-07, Galleria Level Singapore 018956
Tel: +65 6688 9959
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Yardbird Southern Table And Bar by Restaurateur John Kunkel, is dedicated to classic Southern cooking and farm-fresh ingredients. It operates outlets in Miami and Las Vegas. It was previously called “The Bird” for the local Singapore MBS outlet – complicated story.
It is famed for its Southern style Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles ($40), crafted using a 100-year-old family fried chicken recipe.
Accordingly, the chicken would be brined for 27 hours before mixed in a medley of spices such as paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder.
The chicken pieces came with a lightly crisp, thin coat of batter. Not bad, quite juicy and tender.
The waffle were not as crisp on the outer layer as expected, but at least the pieces were fluffy.
The highlight though, was the bourbon maple syrup. The deep oak flavour of the bourbon complimented the sweetness of the maple.
21 Lorong Kilat, #01-02 Singapore 598123 (near Beauty World area / Chun Tin Road)
Tel: +65 9278 0466
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 11am -11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Tues
The Chicken & Waffles ($19) came with crispy chicken thigh on waffle served with maple syrup on the side.
Instead of the usual buttermilk waffles that would be more chewy and dense, Revelry’s version was crispy and light, with a texture in between the old-school ice cream wafers and youtiao (I thought).
There were loads of air pockets, and thus you would not feel so full after dining. While I did like the waffle texture, the chicken could be juicier and flavourful.
275 Thomson Rd, Novena Regency #01-08, Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6261 6205
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
With a Japanese-style café and ramen bar in a one place, you can have your Karaage Waffles and Ebi Sando (prawn sandwich) or even classic Hokkaido Miso Ramen, depending on what you are feeling that day.
While chicken + waffles are one of typical and popular brunch items, Menya Kanae’s version of Zangi Karaage Waffles ($15.80) comes with four chunky pieces of Tori Karaage.
Marinated in Menya Kanae’s original sauce, these chicken pieces are packed with appetising umami flavours.
Enjoy four large pieces of deep-fried chicken, its tender and juicy meat covered with a crispy exterior for that crunchy bite.
Warning: can be very filling, so get a friend(s) to share this.
Wild Wood Café
598 Yishun Ring Road #01-51/52 Wisteria Mall Singapore 768698
Opening Hours: 11:am – 8:30pm (Tues – Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Closed Mon
(Photo credit: Songyu @__sy_g)
Wild Wood is a simple, bistro-styled café tucked away in level 1 of Wisteria Mall,
The W.W.W ($15.80), otherwise known as the Wild Wood Waffle, would probably be their signature dish. This is Crispy chicken served on a waffle drizzled with maple syrup.
I was kind of surprised to find greens (such as rocket leaves and lettuce) placed in between the chicken and waffles. It just doesn’t go together, but perhaps this is a move to make the dish appear healthier and cut through the grease.
The skin was slightly crispy and the meat, tender. There was some juice flowing out of the chicken when I cut through the slab.
Would love to have more maple syrup because I could barely taste it (or even knew it was there).
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Over at GRUB, you can choose from a selection from Truffle Floss Fries ($7), Mentaiko Fries ($7), Truffle Mushroom Baked Eggs, Maple Bacon Waffle ($17), Har Cheong Fried Chicken with Waffles ($17), Har Cheong Gai Burger ($17), to Mala Xiang Guo Burger ($20).
Inspired by the favourite local zi char favourite of Prawn Paste Chicken aka Har Cheong Gai, try Grub’s Har Cheong Fried Chicken and Waffles ($16).
Therefore, you could get the faint aroma of the shrimp paste as you bite into the juicy marinated fried chicken. For more of those local flavours, get the mildly-spicy sambal mayo that adds as a dip for the meat.
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