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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.
Bakeries are in no short supply around Cairo and while roaming the streets of Heliopolis, we came across a city favourite - Dukes. With its slick black and white facade and reputation for delicious dirt cakes, it was time to drop in and see how the years have treated this venue.
Upon entry, we found a large glass display of colourful selection of gateaux, dirt cakes, tarts, macaroons and giant cupcakes. Additionally, Dukes also serves soups, salads, sandwiches, vegetable casseroles, pasta and main courses, alongside bread, mini pizzas and other baked goodies.
After much contemplation, we opted for the Black Forest Gateaux (15LE), Chocolate Dirt Cake (25LE), Charlotte Gateaux (15LE), and a Mini Smoked Salmon Cake (12LE). The only table at the venue was occupied, so we took our orders to go.
The Mini Smoked Salmon Cakes were pretty simple and was layered in thin white bread with salmon paste in between, and covered entirely with smoked salmon slices. While the portion was tiny in comparison to its price, the fresh salmon and surprisingly flavourful salmon paste wa quite a treat.
The Black Forest, a rectangular cake with multiple layers of chocolate topped with whipped cream, had a satisfying amount of chocolate, but the excessive cream overpowered everything and made things quite messy. We recommend the Chocolate Dirt Cake to true chocoholics instead. The combination of moist chocolate and thin layered cake was the highlight; we only wish the decorative flowers on top were edible as well.
The Charlotte Chateaux, meanwhile, was a fruity masterpiece, consisting of a creamy cheesecake filling, topped with slices of strawberries, and engulfed in a pink sugar icing that holds it all together. The flavours complement each other perfectly into a delicious piece of gateaux.
Unable to try anything else in fear of a sugar coma, we stopped there. Dukes is definitely one of the top patisseries in town thanks to its huge andcreative menu; it’s a shame there isn’t any space to enjoy the food there, though.