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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Waffle Maker: New Gluttonous Waffle Shop in Zamalek
Already rich in dessert spots, Zamalek has been given yet another wonderful addition with the opening of Waffle Maker. Not only does it serve some of the most delicious waffles around, but it's cosy, chocolate-themed interior leaves you hungry for more. We visited Waffle Maker shortly after its opening and located on El Gezira El Wosta, down the street from Flamenco Hotel.
Waffle Maker consists of two floor and the staff there is friendly. Downstairs, the seating consists of a single table with two chairs made of chocolate-coloured wood. The upstairs area provides more seating, with three tables that have two chairs at each. Although there is more seating upstairs, some might find it uncomfortable as it requires climbing up very steep steps; the ceiling up there could be too low for some, so watch your head.
The waffles come with sweet and savoury toppings and we ordered a regular sized one for 15LE. The regular sweet waffles are freshly baked and come with basic toppings that include chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, blueberry and maple syrup, honey, peanut butter, jam, whipped cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon. With so many delicious toppings it was a hard choice to settle for just one, but the portion turned out to be more than adequate with a generous layer of the Nutella that we’d settled on. For an extra 5LE, you can get a large waffle.
Many of us can get strong cravings for something sweet and might want a couple or more toppings. In this case we would suggest the ‘Topping Waffle’ that comes in both regular and large sizes starting at 20LE and going up to 25LE. This waffle comes with a choice of any of the aforementioned basic toppings, as well as one or more of: strawberries, banana, kiwi, pineapple, peach, cherry, marshmallows, nuts, sprinkles, cereal, chocolate chips, Oreos, as well as many known chocolates such as Kinder, Flake, Ferrero Rocher, Snickers, Mars, Kitkat, M&Ms and Maltesers.
Since it’s summer, one might try the ‘Ice-cream Waffle’ (regular 30LE, large 35LE) which comes topped with one topping from the ‘Regular Waffle’ and one topping from the ’Topping Waffle’ and your choice of ice-cream from Haagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s.
Finally, Waffle Maker offers the ‘Melted Chocolate Waffle’ (regular 20 LE, large 25LE) which provides you with a melted topping of chocolate; the choices include Milka, Kinder, Galaxy and Mars.
As for the savoury waffles; they are priced like the sweet ones but with a choice of toppings such as cheese, sausage, turkey, beef bacon, salami, smoked beef. They even offer a smoked salmon waffle with lettuce and mayonnaise (regular 23LE, large 28LE).
If you need a refreshing shake, Waffle Maker has the perfect shakes for you. At 18LE the flavours include Twix, Snickers, Kitkat, Borio, Maltesers, Kinder and Mars.
One cannot simply stop eating Haagen Dazs just because it’s winter; especially when it comes to the sweet ice cream bliss that is Haagen Dazs. Craving some luscious top notch scoops, we headed to the Danish ice cream tycoon, Haagen Dazs at Cairo Festival City.
Anyone who abides by the idea that ice cream should be eaten only in summer, clearly doesn't appreciate the concept of ice cream at all – especially when it comes to Haagen Dazs. Though it has had mixed success in Cairo – a Zamalek branch opened and closed pretty quickly – the new branch at Cairo Festival City is awash with people daily.
Given that it is almost always packed with people and the limited space, we were torn between grabbing some ice cream to go or waiting in line for an empty table; we were finally happy to decide the latter, though.
From the Brownie Explosion (45LE) –brownies served with chocolate, cookies and vanilla caramel ice cream— the Haagen Dazs Fondue (125LE) – a house specialty comprised of mini ice cream scoops, molten Belgian chocolate sauce and fruits – and the Belgian Waffle Dream – pralines and cream ice cream drizzled with butterscotch served on a freshly baked waffles (45LE), the revelation that Haagen Dazs’ menu is so much more than ice cream left us overjoyed and excited to try out as many as we could get hands on.
After a lot of thinking, we opted for a mishmash of desserts comprised of Haagen Dazs Salted Caramel Crunch (50LE), a Classic Banana Split (65LE), and finally, Haagen Dazs Signature Apple Pie (34LE).
A parfait-like dessert comprised of two scoops of salted caramel ice cream, infused with wafer, almonds nibs and caramel sauce, Haagen Dazs’ salted caramel crunch was outstanding. With a creamy smooth ice cream flavour, complimented by the wafer cone’s discernible crunch, toasted crushed almonds and a perfect caramel coulis sauce; a masterpiece dessert we will be happy to order over and over again.
Served with our choice of three ice cream scoops –of which we picked banana chocolate brownie, caramel biscuit & cream and mango sorbet – the classic banana split, was another great dessert choice; with the banana chocolate scoop elevating the overall banana flavour, the caramel biscuit scoop working so well with the almond and wafer bits and finally, an extremely refreshing taste coming from the mango sorbet.
Last but not least, and with barely enough room for more, we had a go at Haagen Dazs’ Apple Pie.
A crumbly crust with caramelized apple which had a discernible bite to it, the apple pie was delicious; only it lacked cinnamon flavour. An addition of cookies & vanilla ice cream (19LE), some hazelnut crunch (5LE) and a subtle drizzle of caramel sauce (5LE) –which we had fun improvising – made this classical dessert all the more fantastic.
With a great execution, not to mention a wide variety of dessert on the menu paired with Haagen Dazs’ flavourful and unique ice cream is something that will surely caters for all tastes.