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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.
Discovering the true essence of life in Cairo involves dipping and diving into the most unlikely of places; looking beyond the garish and the gaudy; finding something completely unexpected. This is often the case with the city’s dining scene, across the thousands upon thousands of restaurants, cafes and bakeries. The shops and restaurants change so often it’s impossible to keep up and there’s something around every corner and in every alleyway.
On our most recent tour to Mohandiseen, we came across a small store with a big sign that said ‘Grand Kunafa’ – almost as a proclamation of sorts. There are two small tables outside, but we recommend you take your food to go because Syria Street isn’t the quietest place. Neither is it the most comfortable – in fact, it just isn’t the most pedestrian friendly.
As the name suggests, the shop specialises in konafa and other classic Oriental sweets – even selling them by the portion. Our first experience was with the smallest size offered was the Konafa with Cheese (20LE). Readily put-together and kept on a metal plate in a fridge, the Konafa goes onto a coal grill for 20 minutes upon ordering. Although this sounds like a lot of time for a simple serving of konafa, our patience was rewarded. The konafa was hot, golden and crispy, covering a thick layer of ricotta cheese. The cheese melted and pulled like a pizza, and the best thing about it was that it wasn’t overly greasy.
Afterwards, we ordered a small Nabulsiya Extra with Cream and Pistachio (15LE). Divided into four layers, two layers of finely ground konafa has a layer of cream and it’s all topped with a pistachio paste. While the Nabulsiya wasn’t as good as the coal grilled konafa, we can’t deny we enjoyed the taste of the pistachio coupled with the syrup typically used on Oriental sweets.
Our last order was a Hareesa with Almonds and Cashews (10LE) which, unfortunately, lacked any flavour at all; flavour that was almost entirely dominated by the nuts.
Grand Kunafa isn’t the most refined-looking place selling Oriental sweets and desserts. More than most, Cairenes are creatures of habit – especially when it comes to food. Will Grand Kunafa blow your mind? Probably not; but it’s easily reachable location makes it a good back-up.