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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Waffle Point: Delicious Calorie-Laden Waffles in Heliopolis
It's always a good idea to stop for a sweet snack after a long shopping trip. Although many waffle shops are popping up around the city, we decided to give Waffle Point in Heliopolis a go.
Located on Al Thawra Street right before Al Thawra tunnel if you are coming from the Roxi area, Waffle Point's bright pink and blue signage is difficult to miss. Since this is a constantly crowded area, we have to give you the heads-up that finding a parking spot right outside Waffle Point is all but impossible.
The venue's interior is small and can easily get overcrowded, but the waiters work quickly. If you are anything like us, it takes you a lot of time to make up your mind about your waffle toppings and you might just wish that the waiters worked a bit slower.
Waffle Point has a few seats placed in a bar-like fashion, leaving plenty of room for customers to finish off their waffles standing.
The only available menu is displayed on the wall, but we decided that the glossy names didn't provide adequate explanation, so we simply asked the waiter for help. Slowly explaining to us that a basic waffle (18LE) comes with two fillings of your choice, we were hard-pressed ui choosing. Among the myriad of fillings that can be seen through a glass display, you can find Nutella, caramel, white chocolate, strawberry, cherry, hazelnut, peanut butter, jam, halawa spread and banana fillings. There were other fillings that came in interesting colours, but we decided we had already bothered the waiter with too many questions.
We had three basic waffles, and we had fun with the different combinations of fillings. Nutella and caramel make for an extremely delicious concoction, but might leave you in a sugar rush. Nutella and hazelnut blend well together and taste perfect.
The waiter also told us that for an extra 3LE, you can add a few slices of a single type of fruit. Adding chocolate will set you back 5LE for a single type and 7LE for two. For 5LE, you can add one type of nut.
Waffle Point also offers predetermined combinations of toppings and fillings. The choco waffle (20LE) has cocoa mixed in the dough and comes with two types of chocolate fillings. The cinnamon waffle (20LE) seemed like a lighter option with cinnamon sprinkled across the top. Other options include the coco choco waffle which has coconut and the apple cinnamon which is served with chopped apples, caramel, cinnamon and almonds.
For an extra sugary experience, you can add ice cream to your waffles. Waffle Point also serves up hot beverages, including espresso (8LE) and hot chocolate (12LE). Fruit smoothies and frappes are also available. But with the delicious waffles they make, it's very unlikely that we will ever try anything else.
We have no qualms about admitting her mild addiction to chocolate-laden waffles, as long as they are followed by an intensive workout session of course! We are definitely returning to Waffle Point to experiment with the different combinations of toppings.
No matter how long you think it’s been, cafe and food trends in Cairo never seem to die out – specifically that simple little thing called a cupcake. In a completely unsurprising development, another dessert place in the Ard El Golf district of Heliopolis – CupCaker Baker – has joined the the incessant cupcake craze.
Occupying a fuchsia and glass booth inside Sweet Corner, the venue is large and spacious, but a little uncomfortable and sparse as a result. All the walls are adorned with their signature garish, clashing bright pink and yellow colour scheme, making the shop space more appealing to a younger crowd.
Specialising in cupcakes (10LE-15LE/each), CupCaker Baker also offers coffee and a range of flavoured milkshakes (15LE), while customised cakes and large orders can be prepared at two days notice. Despite promising a diverse selection online, the cupcake range available at the time of our visit appeared to be the more predictable offerings. We opted for a box of six cupcakes, including strawberry, red velvet, Nutella Ferrero Rocher, cinnamon, banana with nutella and an applecious.
We also went for a mango milkshake, which, despite being made with mango ice-cream, was disappointing; incredibly smooth and milky, but lacking a distinct mango taste.
The cupcakes were also somewhat disappointing; although each topping was generous and fluffy, the cupcake bases were far from the best we’ve had. Both the strawberry and banana cupcakes tasted – and looked - sickeningly artificial. Recommended for the very sweet toothed, the generous spread and fillings of Nutella in both the Ferrero Rocher and the banana options were almost enough to induce diabetes. Despite the slightly dry sponge, the red velvet tasted the best as it sported a flavourful, buttery icing. Our least favourite was the cinnamon; although there was a strong tang of cinnamon and a fluffy cream topping, the sponge was both dry and oddly grainy. Lastly, the applecious was an interesting combination of vanilla sponge, bitter chocolate chips, apple icing and sticky caramel sauce.
Unfortunately, with an overload of artificial flavourings, CupCaker Baker appears out of its depth amongst the overabundance of renowned cupcake places in the city.