The smell of the waffle is so inviting. Although it's a small location right now, there's no shortage of patrons. You will have to wait a bit just outside until they can call your name to get your fishies full of goodness. They were all pretty great just wish they had a little bit more filling. Can't go wrong with any of them.
What a great twist on dessert. Wafu is pretty new in town but it surely is a treat. Located on the second floor of East End Market in a small unit, the smell of their freshly made fish-shaped waffles fills the air. They have a variety of options and a friendly team who will explain the offerings to you. Highly recommend trying it at least once.
Taiyaki, Japanese waffle that is a sweet-ish in flavor and complements any flavors it is paired with. Traditionally filled with anko or sweet red bean paste but here they add eggs, cheese, kimchi, even custard. I think I read that it is believed to have originated in Tokyo and is over 100 years old. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor of the Eastend Market Street complex off of Corrine Drive in Orlando. Parking is on the limited side but if you wait :05-:10 you can always get a spot. There are two cute purple tables upstairs, outside the takeaway restaurant or you can go downstairs and there are 20+ tables to sit at. The folks that work there are pretty mellow and polite, helpful as well. The gal that helped us offered advice on what to choose. Great combo of three. One sweet and two savory for $12.50. Plus she told us about a point club, free waffle after 10 purchased. The kimchi one is my favorite! The sweet waffle plays off the kimchi salty, acidic so well. If you get one with cheese they put a lot of cheese in there!!! A lot!!! Next time I would get two with the kimchi and try the custard ;) Go, try the kimchi, enjoy!!!
🍦Unique Taiyaki-insipred Ice Cream🍦 After dining and DOMU downstairs, I decided to try Wafu for dessert: good choice, past-self! Wafu looks, feels, and smells like a kawaii, Japanese sweets shop. The moment I stepped in, I was hit by that fluffy, cakey scent of taiyaki while music from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild played over the indoor speakers. On my right stacked an array of inspired merchandise (pins, shorts, and more), topped by a No Face coin bank. The staff poured fresh batter into the taiyaki molds, right behind the glass barrier, and I could watch them being created in real-time. Wafu's taiyaki is a must-try (the matcha cream is heavenly), but their ice cream is the true novelty experience. Waffle cones are set aside in exchange for a wide-mouthed taiyaki pastry, stuffed with fluffy tiers of ice cream. Wafu keeps its vanilla in stock while alternating another limited-time flavor and toppings (this time "Gingerbread" was the alternative). Wait time can be considerable, as the shop is small; however, it's worth it (and you get to bask in that delicious taiyaki smell; seriously, when is somebody going to make a candle?).
I found their page on IG and I got excited to know that they had savory options for their Taiyaki Waffles! I had one with ice cream down in Miami, but the Kimchi and Cheese caught my eye! They are located on the 2nd floor of the East End Market in the Audubon area. The store is small and it there is enough space to go in place your order and wait outside. It does get busy and they are constantly making fresh waffles, just keep in mind that you may have to wait. Jinx at the register was nice, friendly, attentive, welcoming and glad to answer any questions. I had an idea of what I wanted but her suggestions were on point. If you want to try their waffles, it is best that you order 3 at a time, since you save a bit than ordering 1 at a time. I ordered a mix of 3 - the Kimchi Melt, Bacon and Cheddar and Matcha Cream. They were cooked well and the mix has a sweet and a bit savory taste. I did enjoy them and will be back to try their Cherry Blossom ice cream!
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