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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Wafflicious: Delicious Waffles in Sheraton Heliopolis
Wafflicious is a tiny café in Sheraton Heliopolis that offers mouth-watering and delicious waffles with only one branch in Cairo and another soon to open in the 5th Settlement.
The café is actually made up of a simple counter, with a young man behind it preparing the waffles single-handedly. Understandably; quick service is next to impossible if the shop is packed.
At the time of this reviewer's visit, the young man behind the counter was too friendly with lots of remarks. If their waffles weren't so deliciously good, we would have left.
Wafflicious is tiny with no seating whatsoever; which is a nuisance if you are hanging out with a big group of friends.
The waffles’ batter has been prepared in advance, which may make you question its freshness. You can have either the thick Belgian waffles or the thin American waffles: opt for the light and crispy if you have a full stomach. The thick and moist waffle is optimal if you are feeling peckish.
Without a menu to peruse, basic waffles cost 15LE with four toppings to choose from: chocolate spread (supposedly Nutella), white chocolate syrup, caramel syrup or honey. For an extra 5LE, you can add as many toppings as you want; provided that you choose either chocolate or fruits. Adding ice cream to your waffles is also an option.
Apart from the traditionally shaped waffle-makers, Wafflicious has the cutest Mickey Mouse-shaped waffle maker; the perfect treat for adults and children alike.
The only drawback to the waffles is that they send you into an overwhelming sugar-high, especially if you choose the chocolate toppings.
Wafflicious is a must when your craving for waffles kicks in. But careful, you can seriously get hooked on this stuff; you'll keep coming back for more.
The café offers a complimentary five-minute game of wii sports, adding a little sprinkle of fun to your dessert experience. After all, you need the brief workout to shake off the few extra calories. All we're waiting for is for Wafflicious to start branching out across Cairo.
With Brew & Chew satisfying the cravings of Maadi residents, and Dip n Dip spreading their fantastic desserts in New Cairo, Nasr City and 6 of October City, the sweet-toothed of Zamalek can be forgiven for feeling a little neglected – that is until now. Chocolate by name, chocolaty by nature, Joe’s Chocolate Bar on Taha Hussein Street could be the answer to every chocaholic’s dreams.
As a venue, Joe’s Chocolate Bar is divided into two floors; the top floor has nothing remarkable about it but allows smoking, while the ground floor is where the ‘chocolate is. Besides the melted chocolate-like decoration on the wall (which is installed upside down, so instead looks like chocolate waves) the calm lighting and wood walls create a relaxing and cosy ambiance to the place.
The items on the menu are limited and nothing grabbed our attention, but we opted for the Molten Chocolate Cake (47LE), Triple Chocolate Crepe (41LE) and their new special item – as the waiter was so keen to mention – Oreo Waffle (49LE).
The molten chocolate cake had a bold chocolate flavour and a very moist texture; the gooey centre had a fantastic pudding-like consistency, which shows that it was cooked to perfection and, overall, the dessert had a spot-on sweetness. On the other hand, we would have preferred that the ice cream was served separately, because the hot temperature of cake melted it quickly and made the top of the cake rather soggy.
The triple chocolate crepe was just as good, meanwhile; coming as three thin, light and fluffy triangular servings, each one was filled with a generous amount of melted milk chocolate, and drizzled with white, milk, and dark chocolate. We also asked for fruit (10LE) on the side which consists of mini cubes of kiwi, bananas, and strawberries, and it was surprisingly fresh even though it’s not strawberry season yet.
As for the Oreo waffle, we expected nothing more than a waffle with crushed Oreo on top, but, impressively, the waffle itself had an actual layer of Oreo in the middle. Despite the waffles needing a little more milk chocolate on top and being a bit chewy, they were largely soft with a slightly crispy exterior, and the flavour of the Oreo popped in every single bite.
Joe’s Chocolate Bar definitely impressed with their well-executed desserts and big flavours, but we felt that the variety on the menu is too safe and a bit limited for a dessert specialist. We’d very happily come back for the molten chocolate cake, though.