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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.
The food and beverage industry in Egypt is so big, and continues to get bigger, that some venues often go overlooked - hidden gems ready to be discovered. One such diamond in the rough is Kayan Kitchen & Bakery; a small kiosk selling gourmet sandwiches in front of Shooting Club in Dokki.
A smallish cart embellished by a green carpet, plants on the front; it can be hard at first to believe that such small venue is capable of making such variety of gourmet sandwiches from chicken, beef, turkey and cold cuts—you name it.
We kicked things off with a Kayan Burger (27LE), which came with an impressive amount of Italian flavours. The juicy burger patty was covered in lettuce, diced tomatoes, fresh melted mozzarella, pesto sauce, pickled red onion and Dijon butter, all nestled in a light and fluffy bun with a spot-on crispy exterior. Everything came together perfectly for a genuinely Italian taste.
Looking to try the chicken options, we were initially torn between BBQ Chicken (28LE), Kayan Breaded Chicken (30LE) – both highly recommended by the staff - and Chicken Curry (25LE). We opted for the latter, which came in the form of tender, curry-spiced grilled chicken, mixed with roasted peppers, pickled lemons and yogurt-coriander dressing. Though wrapped in pita rather than traditional Indian naan bread - wishful thinking on our part, maybe - the chicken curry was bursting with flavours with an overpowering pickled lemon flavour. Like the burger, it certainly lived up to its name.
We couldn’t leave Kayan without trying something from the cold cut sandwiches, that’s when we went with famous BLT – (beef) bacon, lettuce and tomato (28LE). Bringing together Dijon butter spread, pickled onion, beef bacon, lettuce and tomatoes and served in Italian white ciabatta bread, everyhting from the bread to the vegetables tasted noticeably fresh, while the Dijon butter spread added an exquisite kick to the overall taste and was a perfect foil for beef bacon.
Dessert was next up on our visit, but, unfortunately, they didn't quite hit the bar set by the sandwiches. Opting for Chocolate Donut (7LE) and Cinnamon Roll (7LE), the donut was a little too dense, while the cinnamon roll needed more cinnamon.
Despite the desserts, it's difficult not to be impressed by Kayan. Everything from the friendly staff, to watching food in the making, to then eating it was a delight and, if we're honest, a suprise - never judge a book by its cover, indeed.