Waffles are what the Cookie Monster might term a ‘sometime food’, but there’s a hole-in-the-wall cafe in Richmond where that is definitely not the case.
The Waffle Press popped up on Bridge Rd a few months ago—tucked inside a shared space with coin-laundry-cum-pool-hall The Soap Bar—and it's already growing a small but loyal following. Turns out it’s easy to cultivate small but loyal followings when you pump them full of delicious Belgian waffles and aromatic coffee, courtesy of Coffee Supreme.
The menu is divided into two waffle types: liège and ‘Brussels’. Liège waffles are sweeter, chewier, based on the brioche-style gaufre de liège recipe and studded with little pearls of coarse sugar. The ‘Brussels’ are your basic Belgian waffle, light and fluffy on the inside, fried golden and crispy on the outside. Both varieties come out steaming, cooked fresh in front of your eyes in the Rolls Royce of waffle presses: big, industrial-looking, cast-iron grills that are to your basic Breville what a monster truck is to a Prius.
Owner Amelia Le said the waffle recipes were the result of endless testing. "We pressed our first dough with a cheap electric press," she says. "The recipe was refined, and pressed again. Then eaten, refined and pressed again. On and on until we were absolutely certain we had a fantastic taste."
As any proper waffle-addict knows, the base is only half the battle. So let’s talk toppings. The Waffle Press specializes in sweet-tooth combos like fresh strawberries and Nutella, or Oreo-crumbled cookies and cream. Modesty and restraint are not really part of the deal. Expect whipped cream clouds topped with flaked almonds, or banana slices with lashings of Belgium dark chocolate. Dusty the whole thing off with a little icing sugar...happy days.
Friendly service and top-notch coffee (it’s been coined the best on Bridge Rd) round out the experience. If waffles are your thing, you need to check this place out. Diet goals be damned.
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