Restaurants / Bars

Workdesk Extends The Sourdough Trend to Sweet and Savory Waffles

January 9, 2018

Few food categories are as diverse in range, crowd-pleasing, and all-day crave-worthy as breakfast food; it’s as suitable an option whether you’re looking to fill the stomach in the wee hours of the morning or chasing deadlines on a drab afternoon. Whether you like it sweet, salty, hefty, or light—or you’re just after a cup of coffee—you’re bound to find something at Workdesk, Lowbrow Restaurant’s relative newcomer at Century Mall dining hub Hole In The Wall.

L: Workdesk is located right across Bad Bird and The Beef at Hole In The Wall. | R: Cool off with an Iced Mocha.

“Workdesk was inspired by the concept of power breakfasts,” explains culinary director Talia Cortez. “[By this we mean] big but healthy items that would leave the diner feeling energized for the rest of the day as supposed to groggy.” Coincidentally, the now-four year old food hall had long lacked a dedicated spot for coffee and between-meal nibbles despite the increasing number of people dropping by in the afternoons. “You see a lot of people here especially at 3pm with their laptops, not really eating lunch, so it’s kind of an awkward time,” she explains—and this is the gap that Workdesk aims to fill with their selection of casual eats and coffee.

R: Flat White

Chief among Workdesk’s offerings are their house waffles: hefty servings of sourdough waffles, available with both sweet and savory topping combinations. Those in for a lighter (but just as filling) alternative will want to tuck into their chia bowls, which are as Instagrammable as they are tasty and nourishing. Pair any of these with their specialty brews courtesy of Toby’s Estate, and you’ve got yourself a hearty snack or light meal great any time of day—actual work optional.

Here are some of our favorites:

House Waffles – B.A.T., Lox Bagel, and Pineapple Chili

L: Have the flavors of a classic Lox Bagel in waffle plate form. | R: The B.L.T.-inspired B.A.T. waffle, a sweet-and-salty number with a surprisingly balanced union of components—what with smoky bacon and sweet bacon fat honey, crisp alfalfa, aioli, and a refreshing tomato salad. (On the go, or just prefer using your hands? You can get the savory waffles in sandwich form, too.)

At the heart of Workdesk’s waffle plates are their special sourdough waffles: yeasted waffles which carry a crisp exterior, airy interior, and a subtle but complex, fermented tang. Cortez admits it was challenging getting the consistency right, as they were after a good balance of lightness and sourdough’s characteristic flavor without letting it get too “off-puttingly funky”—but the result serves as a great base for both their sweet and savory options, all of which offer distinctive profiles and a great variety of tastes and textures in each plate.

The Pineapple Chili waffle was inspired by Cortez’ love for the Malaysian/Singaporean coconut spread known as kaya.

The savory variants take after popular sandwiches, and can be had either as a topping-filled plate or as a “sandwich” (with the waffle folded over and stuffed, great for eating on the go)—take your pick from the B.L.T.-inspired B.A.T., a sweet-and-salty number with nutty alfalfa sprouts (in place of the classic’s lettuce), bacon, tomato salad, aioli, and a deadly but addictive dose of bacon fat honey; or the Lox Bagel, with scallion cream cheese, smoked salmon, onions, and everything bagel salt. On the sweeter front are plates with elements that are individually familiar, but fused into some of the most creative combinations you’ll find around: think bananas with black sesame, calamansi with strawberry, or even pineapple with coconut and chili—as you’ll find in the sweet and spicy Pineapple Chili, with homemade kaya jam, coconut flakes, and generous wedges of charred pineapple, given a welcome heat from chili salt.

Chocolate Chia Bowl

Mix it up and feel the contrast between creamy pudding, juicy fruit, and crunchy granola.

Going the healthy-ish route, or simply craving something creamy and cold? Go for the chia bowls: creamy chia seed-based puddings topped with various nuts, grains, and fruits for a happy medley of colors, flavors, and mouthfeels. You can’t go wrong with the Chocolate variant—with a deep chocolate pudding base topped with strawberries, dragonfruit, and house granola for an addictive crunch.


A stall at food hub Hole In The Wall serving specialty coffee, chia bowls, and sourdough waffles.

ADDRESS: Hole in the Wall, Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
VISIT: 11AM-10PM from Mondays to Fridays; 11AM-11PM on Saturdays and Sundays
SPEND: PHP100-150 for coffee, PHP150-200 for chia bowls, PHP250-350 for waffle plates
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Patricia Baes SEE AUTHOR Patricia Baes

Trish thinks too much about everything—truth, existence.....and what’s on her plate. Her ongoing quest for a better relationship with food has led to a passion for cooking, gastronomy, and a newfound interest in its politics. She dreams of perfecting the art of making soufflé with her crappy toaster oven.

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