“National Waffle Day” is celebrated on 24th of August, to commemorate the anniversary of the first waffle iron patent issued.
Here are 10 relatively new cafes in Singapore with creative waffles:
Up in Smoke
NeWest, 1 West Coast Drive, #01-67, Singapore 128020
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Up In Smoke is opened by sister cafe Burnt Cones at Sunset Way, another popular hangout place in the west for cafe hoppers recently, populated by gelato shops including Dawn’s Gelateria and Hundred Acre Creamery.
Here at Up in Smoke, they serve a more extensive menu compared to the ones at Burnt Cones due to their bigger kitchen space.
As their name implies, Up in Smoke focuses on smoked items on their menu, namely the Smoked Buttermilk Waffle ($10) and their Scamorza (Smoked cheese) gelato.
Hmm, from the name and the $10 price tag, the Smoked Buttermilk Waffle does burn a hole in the wallet (pun intended).
The Buttermilk waffle is first smoked in sandalwood before trapping the smoke with a glass jar before serving.
With a fragrant and smokey aroma, the smoked buttermilk waffle had a savoury, almost bacon-like taste to it, adding some complexity to the usual dessert. Up in Smoke (West Coast)
The Better Scoop
264 Serangoon Central, #01-203, Singapore 550264
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Tie Guan Yin Waffle and Nian Gao Waffle
Fans of Just Because Creamery in Sembawang will be thrilled to know that the brand has opened a second outlet in Serangoon right beside NEX.
Among the 3 seasonal waffles, the Tie Guan Yin Waffle ($6.50) and Nian Gao Waffle ($6.80) come with a traditional twist.
I enjoyed the Nian Gao Waffles ($6.80) with a layer of Nian Gao, a traditional “Chinese New Year cake”, made from glutinous rice flour embedded within the waffle.
Adding a chewy texture in contrast to the crispy nature of a waffle, it is similar to how we usually pan-fried our Nian Gao with eggs, except in the form of a waffle that is more airy. The Better Scoop (Serangoon Central)
55 Chai Chee Drive, #01-192, Singapore 460055
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Sun – Wed), 1pm – 12am (Thu – Sat)
La Creamery may look like a normal neighbourhood ice cream shop, with a simple white and baby pink 22-seaters space that is not deemed as “instagrammable” in today’s terms.
There are actually many items on the menu that seemed interesting and looked promising.
These include their Pu-Erh Waffles ($5), Honey Thyme Cone ($1), Ice Cream flavours (Single $3.80, Double $7, Triple $10, Premium +$1) – Lemongrass Ginger, Osmanthus Jasmine and White Chrysanthemum.
These botanical-flavoured waffles, cones and ice cream are made in-house in small batches, with rotating flavours every 3 weeks.
Infusing Pu-Erh, a Chinese Tea that originates from Yunnan, China, into the waffle batter, the Pu-Erh Waffles ($5) is crispy on the outside with a more chewy texture on the inside.
The thick-cut waffles had an obvious tea taste and aroma in every bite, flavourful on its own. La Creamery (Chai Chee Drive)
Hvala – Craig Road
40 Craig Road, Singapore 089678
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Vegan Dairy-Free Waffles
Just a stone throw away from their 3rd outlet at Keong Saik, Hvala has opened their 4th outlet along Craig Road, near Shake Shack and Ballad of Anna May.
Here at their newest outlet, their entire menu is fully vegan, meaning no eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived ingredients are incorporated.
Their signature is their Dairy-Free Waffles ($11.80) first introduced at their Keong Saik outlet, which had subsequently converted to a different concept serving plated desserts.
Made using oatmilk instead of incorporating the usual butter and fresh milk, the dairy-free waffle was more airy and less dense compared to normal waffle due to the less creamy oat milk used.
Without using butter, the aroma from the waffles was mainly attributed to the cinnamon powder used, which surprisingly tasted Christmassy. Hvala (Craig Road)
Gelatolabo – Mohamed Sultan
18 Mohamed Sultan Road, 01-01, Singapore 238967
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sun)
Tokyo Mochi Waffles
The gelato shop is known for churning out small batches in interesting flavours, and use only fresh fruits and source for local and organic ingredients where possible.
What you get include rotating flavours like Yamanashi Peach & Lemongrass, Madagascan Vanilla, Fuji Apple Pie & Cinnamon, Sakura Smoke, Artichoke & Pear Compote, Colombian Cold Brew & Cookie Butter Bits, Watermelon, Mint & Chia Seeds, Navel Orange & White Chrysanthemum Flower, Lychee Raspberry & Rose, and Kyoto Shiso & Yuzu Jelly.
This time I had the Fresh Tokyo Mochi Waffles (additional $6.60) which is again not so commonly seen in Singapore.
Made with nippon flour and mochi, this had a delightful crisp and a slight-sticky and soft inside.
While I initially thought this could have been pretty filling, it was overall not too dense or thick, and paired well with the lightly-flavoured gelato. Gelatolabo (Mohamed Sultan Road)
66 East Coast Road, The Flow #01-01, Singapore 428778
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 1am (Fri), 9am – 1am (Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun)
The name Ambling Turtle comes from 2 words: “Ambling” referring to a slow and relaxed pace and their geographic location at “Katong”, which refers to a species of sea turtle that is now extinct.
The Go Home Waffles ($12.50) is a classic pandan waffle with a swirl of coconut soft serve on the side and topped with chendol jelly, Azuki red beans and gula melaka sauce. Just like a traditional bowl of chendol dessert.
The pandan waffles was crispy on the outside, moist and dense on the inside (slightly under-cooked for some parts) with a light Pandan aroma.
The coconut soft serve was considered well-made, thick and creamy without being icy, yet the coconut taste was not too overwhelming. Ambling Turtle (Katong)
The Venue Shoppes, 2 Tai Thong Crescent, #01-06, Singapore 347836
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri), 10am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
Red Velvet Waffles
The Fuel family has a new member – Fuel X which has opened at the Potong Pasir area of Singapore.
The Red Velvet Waffle ($16) was the only ‘new’ dessert there with a change in recipe and a whole new outlook.
The dessert arrived with cream cheese sauce in between the two stack red velvet waffles, while the waffle texture was soft and dense – with a more cake-like texture instead of being light and airy.
Also accompanied with baked apple with cinnamon toppings, strawberries, blueberries and crushed pistachio nuts for a more refreshing bite.
My favourite part of this dish was the matcha ice cream, being creamy and robust with an earthly matcha profile and a distinctive bitterness.
Pints & Cones
304 Serangoon Avenue 2 #01-02, Singapore 550304
Opening Hours: 1pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Pints & Cones at Serangoon pairs handcrafted gelato with craft beer offerings. They offer a series of classic gelato flavours such as Tiramisu, Roasted Pistachio, Mango Passionfruit and Rocher.
The black horse which stole the limelight turned out to be their Signature Waffles ($4.50) which had thyme herbs mixed into the waffle batter to produce occasional earthy notes with each bite.
Their texture of their waffles was also on-point – not too dense within and came with light crispy exterior.
I don’t usually eat a lot of waffles, but I ended up finishing most of it unknowingly.
Roji Monster Ice Cream
52 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088473
Opening Hours: 2pm – 4:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 3pm – 5:30pm, 6:30pm – 12am (Fri, Sat), Closed Mon
From Taiwan to Singapore, famous Roji Monster Ice Cream 路地 氷の怪物 has opened at Tanjong Pagar, providing a late night dessert-supper option.
Apart from the Monster Ice Cream, Monster Waffle ($10.90) is another dessert available on their menu.
Comes with a waffle shaped like Roji, milk soft serve, matcha cream and chocolate sauce, the waffle was not the type I preferred – eggy and dense with crispy edges.
You can have it in many ways, drizzling the chocolate sauce on it, dabbing some matcha cream for light bitterness, or add some soft serve for the icy sensation.
Three’s A Crowd
50 Race Course Road, Singapore 218562
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Halal-certified ice cream cafe Three’s A Crowd, has opened a new outlet at Little India. I was surprised when the Ondeh Waffles ($9) came with desiccated coconut drenched in Gula Melaka sauce (that looked like chye poh aka preserved sweet-salty radish).
This is to replicate the original ondeh ondeh infused with pandan juice, filled with Gula Melaka (palm sugar) and grated coconut.
The Ondeh Waffles had a fragrant aroma with crispy edges and moist texture.
Waffle lovers who prefer an airy texture may find their version too “soggy” due to the sauce drizzled over.
The Coconut ice cream complemented well with the waffles to bring out the ‘feel’ of the local dessert.
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