What We’re Loving Now: Have You Tried Yardstick Coffee’s Waffles? They’re Delicious!August 11, 2014
- Mikka WeeWords
For some (or most), the decision between Pancakes vs. Waffles might be the toughest, but for me, I’d always answer the latter in a heartbeat (unless the pancakes are from Sunny Side Café). When it comes to Manila’s waffle scene, there are hardly any contenders. Sure, there’s the always-reliable Pancake House’s line-up of pancakes and waffles that we’re well-acquainted with, Starbucks whose Belgian Waffle is quite good for its price, The Bowery‘s which is pretty decadent, Café Bene’s has great texture, and Waffle Time’s Belgian Chocolate, a mainstay on my list. But when in search for a hearty-sized waffle that’s crisp on the outside, buttery on the inside, and could pass as bigger-than-my-face in terms of size, I head over to Yardstick Coffee at Legazpi Village. I think hard between chocolate and buttermilk, and then another 2-3 minutes are spent contemplating about the toppings. It’s not an easy decision, I tell you.
Prior to Yardstick, my gauge for the best waffles came from Strangers’ Reunion in Singapore. I was always looking for waffle places in Manila that could mimic the ones from Strangers’ Reunion—crisp exterior, followed by a fluffy, pillowy texture that’s almost similar to a pancake. Yardstick’s waffles hit those points and possibly even more.
I have yet to try their savory waffle, Chive Cream Cheese with Maple Syrup on a Bacon & Cheese Waffle (PHP 210), because I like my waffles sweet. I can’t really pick a favorite because they’ve got a short, concise selection with each choice very different from the other. There’s the buttermilk waffle with homemade lemon curd and maple syrup (PHP 210), which starts off with a sharp, pronounced tang that’s eased into sweetness by the maple syrup. The other buttermilk waffle comes with homemade salted caramel and vanilla ice cream (PHP 190) and is a more familiar option for those who like salty-sweet combinations.
Those craving for chocolate can dig into their chocolate waffle, which comes with torched bananas and marshmallow fluff (PHP 240). It is the sweetest among the three, but still manages to not be as cloying as it looks. I think what really stands out in these waffles is their texture—a light crunch followed by the slightly moist core, plus they’re very generous with the portions. I order Yardstick’s waffles almost all the time now to go with my cold brew with milk. They really are addicting.