Crepes & Waffles is a high-quality, yet affordable Colombia-based restaurant chain. Unlike the majority of the country’s dining establishments whose menus consist of beef, beans, potatoes, and rice, Crepes & Waffles offerings add a green, French twist to an otherwise meaty and starchy foodscape. With a variety of salads, soups, savory and sweet crepes, dessert waffles, and ice creams, even the choosiest of eaters can find something on the extensive menu to tickle their tastebuds.
Seth’s first visited this restaurant chain soon after we moved to Colombia. His coworkers took him out for an ice cream cone during a leisurely lunch hour, and he enjoyed every last bite. I was jealous.
Weeks later, my coworker Erika raved about their coffee-toffee ice cream. “I can’t drink coffee, but I love Crepes & Waffles coffee-flavored ice cream,” she gushed to me in Spanish. I had to try it.
Luckily, I did not have to wait long to try the restaurant’s delicacies for myself. A little over a week ago, Carlos invited my office out for lunch at Crepes & Waffles to celebrate his birthday. The entire morning, I could have sworn that my coworkers were salivating over what they were going to order. “I love the pitas!” Maria Inés exclaimed. “You should try the chicken and mushroom crepe. It’s a classic.” Diego recommended. Although I was tempted by both the smoked salmon crepe and the shrimp curry crepe, I ultimately decided to abide by Diego’s word. I was glad I did! The crepe was overflowing with fresh mushrooms and a creamy, flavorful sauce. I loved every bite of it. By the time I finished my main course, I was so stuffed that I could not possibly have ordered dessert. “Oh, but you must try the suprema!” Diego insisted. Sure enough, I caved, but I quickly wished I hadn’t. The traditional sundae was just average, with most of its quality owing to the toppings rather than to the ice cream itself. I was not impressed. Overall, though, I enjoyed my dining experience enough to return to the restaurant for another crepe (and maybe a waffle).
When I learned that Seth had only sampled the chain’s ice cream—their weakest selling point, in my humble opinion—I insisted we make a trip for lunch pronto. On Seth’s sole day off from work this weekend, we took a leisurely stroll through our neighborhood before eventually selecting a table on the second story of the Crepes & Waffles on Calle 73. As is common practice in Colombia, Seth and I started our meals with a couple of fruity beverages: he, a limonada de hierbabuena (limeade blended with mint) and I, a smoothie bienestar (a green “wellbeing” smoothie of apple, pear, and feijoa). Both drinks were light and refreshing. For his main course, Seth ordered the salmón roll—a rolled crepe of fresh smoked salmon, arugula, cream cheese, onion, avocado, and cucumber—accompanied by a green salad. Meanwhile, I requested the similar yet simplified crepe de salmón ahumado—a desconstructed crepe of smoked salmon, sour cream, and chives. Both plates were thoroughly tasty and filling. Neither of us had enjoyed seafood in quite a long time, so we were delighted to have our cravings finally satisfied. Lastly, for dessert we shared a waffle topped with chocolate chips and chantilly cream. Rico!
Crepes & Waffles has such an extensive menu that I could dine there repeatedly without feeling too predictable or too boring. I am sure I will be back.
[photos courtesy of Crepes & Waffles]