4 great places to get waffles in Dubai
Who doesn’t love a waffle? Popular in Europe and across America, these grid-patterned cakes actually came from ancient Greece when chefs would use a utensil called an obelio, made of two metal plates attached to a wooden handle. From here they began to evolve as cooking plates were customised to feature crests, landscapes and other imagery. In the Middle Ages, chefs used cinnamon, ginger, cream, honey and butter, thickening them with leavening.
Before the world knew it, wafers became wafels, and then – in the 15th century – the Dutch began using circular plates with grid patterns, which saw the birth of the first modern-day waffles. The Brits shaped the modern word sometime in the 18th century.
With orange honey
This dish is composed of a tower of steaming squares that are perfectly fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside, absorbing their orange-honey drizzle as a result. Expect bites of juicy-citrus sweetness ideally complemented by sides of cream cheese and mixed wild berries. Thanks to a dusting of icing sugar, these delights are gorgeous, too. If you’d like to eat a nourishing main that still saves space for this dessert – and leaves you feeling slightly less guilty – you can’t go wrong with the sushi rolls. We especially love the Ometasando roll, featuring backed scallop over California roll, with dynamite sauce.
Where: Social House, The Dubai Mall
Contact: +971 4 339 8640, website
With maple syrup
Are you ready to take the waffle-style stakes up a notch? Light as clouds on the inside, and crisp on the outside, these works of art see maple syrup, Chantilly cream and strawberry, or chocolate chiboust and praline joining forces to create a breakfast feast that could start a tastebud revolution. If you’re eating the first meal of the day with someone you’d like to impress, keep the sweetness going with Brioche French Toast served with blood orange and Amalfi lemon marmalade and tonka bean ice cream. And the view in this esteemed place is just an added bonus to have on the side.
Where: At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
Contact: +971 4 888 3828, website
With fruit and whipped cream
With an artful freehand caramel-grid background, these little rounds of joy are like avant-garde Liege waffles. Served with whipped cream, fresh berries and your choice of ice-cream – vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pistachio, dulche de leche – this version rates highly on our waffle-a-lot-o-meter. If you’re staying on the sweets bandwagon, the Salt Flower Caramel crêpe will make you very happy, but if you’re seeking nostalgia with a cherry on top, go for the Banana Split. A vanilla-chocolate-and-strawberry-ice-cream-meets Chantilly-cream extravaganza, this vibrant affair also comes with a banana and almond flakes.
Where: Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Contact: +971 4 205 4647, website
With brûléed banana
Dessert fans unite; this is daydream material. This soul-warming dish is a clever combination of brûléed banana, cinnamon cream Chantilly, candied walnuts and salted caramel sauce. The result is a wonderful salty-meets-sweet treat with an array of textures. If it’s a decadent, lazy weekend you’re after, head here for lunch and start with BBQ Chicken Wings – free-range chicken, ancho chile sauce and buttermilk dressing – before tucking into the subtly fiery Fish Tacos – with marinated pan-fried seabass, house-made corn tortillas, Mexican cabbage slaw, red radish, pickled onion, jalapeño sour cream, and pico de gallo.
Where: Clinton St Baking Company, City Walk
Contact: +971 4 428 1331, website