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Waffle Bar

Posted by Robyn Urback / Listed on July 24, 2012 / review policy

waffle bar torontoWaffle Bar on Scarborough Road is nearly impossible to miss. Though it sits just off of the main stretch of Kingston Road, the aroma of fresh waffles will lead you right to its front door.

This is the spot where Jan Vandenbroeck and Valerie Bain have been creating their Liege-style waffles for the past year. And now, they have opened their doors to the public.

waffle bar toronto"We had neighbours literally knocking on the windows asking if they could come in," manager David tells me when I stop by (and I should note, I immediately start salivating when I step in the door). This was just a production space, but we decided to take a leap and open up to the public."

waffle bar torontoAnd Waffle Bar has already had to adjust its hours to keep up with demand. Previously open from noon until early evening, the shop is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. most days (closed Mondays) to satiate morning waffle pursuers.

But these aren't the big, fluffy Belgian-type waffles you'll find at most Toronto brunch hotspots. These waffles are smaller, denser, and pack a bit of a crunch; distinguished, says David, by two important factors.

waffle bar toronto"We use pearl sugar," he says, motioning toward a bowl filled with little white pebbles. "And yeast-risen dough, rather than a runny batter."

The result is a crunchy brown waffle a little larger than your palm, which can be enjoyed naked ($3), with fresh whipped cream ($1), with berry, chocolate, or caramel sauces, or topped with a scoop or two of Greg's Ice Cream. (You can also order a scoop of ice cream in a fresh Waffle Bar waffle cone).

waffle bar torontoThe taste may be familiar to those who frequent the Leslieville Farmers' Market or purchase packaged gourmet waffles at stores such as Pusateri's. "We'll continue to be at farmers' markets and in stores," David says. "But we wanted to serve this neighbourhood, too."

waffle bar torontoDavid says Jan, who also works as a hair stylist, brought his waffle wisdom with him when he moved to Canada from Belgium. He met business partner, Valerie, a few years ago, and together they started working the corporate/special event/market circuits.

waffle bar torontoThe storefront is still somewhat in its infancy (and is currently cash only), but it should be getting Tea Emporium teas in soon to go along with its Nespresso coffee. And seats are limited to just a few inside, as well as a couple of tables under Waffle Bar's bright yellow awning.

waffle bar torontoI, however, find I need no extra frills. I take my waffle with just a light dusting of icing sugar, and find it gone far too soon. A perfect combination of crunch and chewiness, with a mellow sweetness that wouldn't be overdone with a little Toasted Marshmallow set atop. I'd take this waffle over an oversized brunch-Belgian any day.

waffle bar torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

19 Comments

G / July 25, 2012 at 09:46 am
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Had their waffles at the Leslieville Farmer's Market, they are scrumptiously sinful but so worth the exercise you'll have to endure to work them off.
UpperBeach / July 25, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Nice to see some love for the Upper Beach on BlogTO!
Keep'em coming!
imakehighways / July 25, 2012 at 11:28 am
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Upper Beaches! Isn't Kingston Rd and Scarborough Rd just "the beaches"? I thought Upper Beaches was Eglinton and Vic Park. Maybe I've been looking at too many realtor ads...
Stu / July 25, 2012 at 11:45 am
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Every food outlet is coming up as "bar" now.
Jack / July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am
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Eglinton and Vic Park LOL.
Waffles / July 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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The area north of Kingston is considered Upper Beaches. Eglinton and Vic Park is nowhere near the water.
briny replying to a comment from Waffles / July 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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But you can see it! There it is yonder!
jeff replying to a comment from Waffles / July 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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Ha, pretty sure it was a joke... Real estate agents love making areas look more appealing by mislabelling areas.
Syncros / July 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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I had these waffles at the Leslieville Farmers Market a few weeks ago. They were delicious!
wtfskies / July 25, 2012 at 04:44 pm
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but they all have guns.

STAY AWAY FROM SCARBOROUGH
Chow hound GTA / July 26, 2012 at 12:39 am
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Any plans to bring them to the Front Street or Queens Quay area?
Parker replying to a comment from wtfskies / July 26, 2012 at 04:02 pm
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...but this place isn't in Scarborough. Despite the name of the street (Scarborough Road), it's three blocks *west* of Victoria Park, placing it in Toronto (based on the old boundaries). So you're safe *whew*
Ari / July 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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I love these Waffles so much! Great to buy a bunch and keep in the freezer, and toast em when you wanna eat them again.
WaffleBarLady replying to a comment from Chow hound GTA / July 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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Great idea! :) We'll look into it!
Gog / August 9, 2012 at 10:53 am
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Oh, boy, am I the only one who thought these waffles were just ho hum, or the only one who makes the effort to find something better (see below)? Was it just because it was early-ish in the day and you could tell that the employees were just kind of half-hearted about their efforts? Or are these waffles always this bland? They weren't cooked enough compared to well-made waffles that I've had, and so the caramelization of the sugar didn't happen. Not enough sweetness + a berry sauce that didn't seem to be mixed with even a tiny bit of sugar = an overall tangy experience on top of bland waffles.

These waffles are for Torontonians who think that if it's a $3 waffle or cupcake, it's gotta be good, and won't/can't be bothered to make better food on their own. I've had better waffles in Europe of course, and a simple Google search for "Liege waffles" led me to make the best waffles anyone in this family has tasted. (Hint #1: here's a good start--http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-waffles-ever. Hint #2: organic turbinado sugar at Bulk Barn is the perfect replacement for beet pearl sugar). Even the kids said, "Much better than Waffle Bar".

Leave this place to people with too much money to spend and looking for something trendier than cupcakes. But for us? Not again.
Matthew Hill / April 6, 2013 at 04:40 pm
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The waffle bar cafe has closed. A woman next door said the catering side is still active.
Cole / February 4, 2014 at 07:40 pm
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Not surprised. The portion size as evidenced in the photos is absolutely minuscule. Pathetic and just plain greedy for a place charging 3 dollars for a completely plain waffle.
Milerepa / February 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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NEVER open. Don't bother going. This is NOT a retail operation. The photos above must have been from the one day they we open to the public.
Alanso / May 1, 2014 at 03:59 am
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looks nice ! I can make a habit of it
Alanso

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