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Waffee Cafe

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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
In real life, I do discuss food exactly like how I write in my food review articles. As always my food reviews are scored only on what I've tried and the service expected of that type of establishment.
Published March 15th 2014
Your new guilty pleasure
Waffee
Waffee sign

You guessed it - they sell waffles! Waffles is your new waffle destination in the city, a small shop consisting mostly of a counter, two tables, a small area housing a waffle machine and pie warmer ovens. The waffle menu is presented via plastic glazed waffles with signs. There is one set in the window display and another in the counter. There is no actual food in the counter. Most of the shop space is dedicated to these menu displays.

waffee menu part 1
Original, choclate glazed and cinnamon

Plastic fantastic

waffee menu part 2
Chocolate stick and blueberry

The waffle menu includes original, chocolate glazed, cinnamon, chocolate stick, blueberry and white chocolate. There is also a small selection of hot and cold drinks. I tried the white chocolate waffle. Drippy, warm white chocolate oozing off a fresh waffle; sweet and crunchy without being over-sweet.

White chocolate waffle
White chocolate waffle

The real charm is the waffles. It isn't just about enjoying waffles, there's something delightfully sweet about seeing how they are made. You are offered a view of the waffle machine rotating freshly made waffles. It's somewhat mesmerising. There are also two ovens that you would usually see keeping pies warm keeping waffles warm. However these ovens pale in comparison to the simple waffle stand that you can spy in on from the outside. Tantalising waffles in rows.

Waffee waffle machine
Waffee waffle machine

Upbeat. Waffee is a simple shrine to waffles. I went in on a whim and was graced with simplicity. A short waiting time is a lovely bonus. The staff also actually ask for suggestions on how they can improve their product. The tip jar even poses one of life's toughest questions: cats or dogs? Is this 'hipster' without being annoying? Tapping into the collective consciousness, where memes featuring cats and dogs dominate the internet? In short, a nice way to make tipping fun while you wait for your waffle.

Waffee tip jars
Waffee tip jars and the eternal question

By now you would have realised I am very partial to a good waffle - good, crunchy, doughy goodness. Waffee's waffle is to standard. There isn't actually anything mind-blowing about the dough recipe - it's more a familiar friend - but the interesting sauces that make it worth trying. However as one who likes waffles simply because they taste nice, the sauce menu might not actually be that unique. I don't know how common their sauces may be, but they do them well and that works for me.

Whether you're looking for something familiar or a little out of you comfort zone of just chocolate sauce, Waffee is a good place to look.

Experience Summary:

Service - 5 stars. For a glorified food stall/little shop, the staff are nice. Service is as one would expect, without lining up being a hassle like in some other snack outlets that don't have that great a product.

Atmosphere - 4 stars. Upbeat and simple. Although it does seem odd that most of the store is dedicated to advertisement/product placement, the tables are a nice feature. I would prefer if they did provide a few more tables and use the space more effectively.

Food - 3 stars. Good waffles. I just wish there was something a little more unique.

Uniqueness factor - Waffle shop that is basically a shrine to waffles. Waffles are everywhere.
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Where: 77 Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD
Your Comment
I love the tip jar, it's a fun idea.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 2085 days ago
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