One of the best things about the city of Toronto is that you can find just about any food imaginable. From Korean to Kurdish to Ethiopian, there is a multitude of places that immerse you in another culture’s cuisine. And now Toronto has its very own place for authentic Belgian waffles: Wafels & More.
When I heard that a new waffle café opened up in Toronto, I was excited to try it because (1) I love waffles (I mean, who doesn’t right?), and (2) I’ve eaten waffles right from the source in Belgium so I had to taste test this place.
I ventured to Toronto for a foodie day with my sisters and Wafels & More was our breakfast stop. The eatery is located in the hustle and bustle of Kensington Market, a vibrant and colourful neighbourhood north-west of Toronto’s financial district. Kensington Market is a buzzing cluster of independently owned shops, cafés, and ethnic restaurants so it’s the perfect place to find a little taste of Belgium.
Now prepare yourself for a twist: Wafels & More doesn’t just do sweet waffles. Oh no, they take it up a notch by making savoury waffles too! Of course, we had to try one of each. It’s only polite. There are two types of waffles available: Brussels and Liège waffles. So what’s the difference? Brussels waffles are rectangular in shape, crunchy on the outside, light on the inside, and because they’re made with a yeast-leavened batter they’re versatile as a base for sweet or savoury toppings. Liège waffles, on the other hand, are less rectangular, the dough is dense and sticky, and it’s made with pearl sugar which caramelizes when cooked. In other words, sugar is laced throughout the waffle for an even sweetness in each bite thereby giving Liège waffles their signature texture and flavour.
So let’s get back to Wafels & More. There are 4 pre-set savoury waffle options: The French (brie cheese, honey, and walnuts); The Italian (cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and prosciutto); The Nordic (smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers); and The Fresh (avocado, feta, mint, and lime). Or you can assemble your own savoury waffle. Our game plan was to get a savoury and a sweet waffle for a fair flavour balance.
It was a tough choice, but we opted for the Italian waffle (my Italy posts are a testament to my love of Italian food). The waffle prep area is open for your viewing pleasure so you can watch your waffle being made. Fun fact: the three heavy duty waffle irons which line the front counter are from Belgium so the place really merits the word “authentic”. The Italian waffle was a beauty, a colourful blend of red tomatoes, white mozzarella, fresh green basil leaves, and a dark drizzle of balsamic vinegar. We all loved this waffle for the combination of flavourful and fresh ingredients. The lightness of the waffle meant that this wasn’t a heavy meal, so we thankfully still had room for dessert.
Speaking of which, next up was a sweet Liège waffle. But what to top it with? There are a lot of options to seduce your sweet tooth at Wafels & More. For instance, the Cream & Cookies is a combination of mini Oreos, dark Belgian chocolate, and whipped cream. The Cupido is topped with fresh strawberries, Belgian chocolate or Nutella and whipped cream. Or maybe you want to convince yourself that you’re being healthy with the Tutti Frutti, a variety of fresh fruit topped with whipped cream. Alternatively, you can build your own sweet waffle.
In the midst of all the choices, the speculoos cookie butter caught my eye. When I was in Belgium, I thoroughly enjoyed eating speculoos biscuits with my coffee and I also bought speciality speculoos from Maison Dandoy in Brussels. Since my sisters had never tried speculoos before, I opted to build a personalized waffle. My toppings of choice were strawberries, speculoos cookie butter, speculoos cookie crumbs, and whipped cream.
Here I have to give a shout out to Sophie, who single-handedly managed taking all the orders and making all the waffles during our time there. She was a waffle-making machine and she handled it all with grace! She was incredibly friendly, she had no problem with us photographing her while she assembled our waffle and what’s more, she was a beautiful model for our photos. Thanks a million!
As you can see in the pictures, not only was this sweet waffle extremely photogenic, but it was absolutely delicious. We loved all the fresh ingredients and the waffle itself was spectaculoos. The texture and flavour were spot on and it’s the perfect treat for anyone who is a self-proclaimed sugar addict.
We left Wafels & More with happy bellies and we all agreed that we would definitely come back here for more waffley good times. Wafels & More has a small sidewalk patio for those brilliant sunny days and there is ample seating space inside as well. You can also complement your waffles with a coffee or a Belgian hot chocolate. All in all, Wafels & More is a very welcome addition to the Kensington Market food scene. Be sure to visit this eatery for a waffle-centric food experience that will transport you to Belgium. I think it’s safe to say that Wafels & More proves that Belgians do it better.
P.S. A HUGE thank you goes out to my sister Emily for taking some of these photos and for helping to edit them! She’s as much a contributor to this post as I am! Check out some more of her photos here.