|Nero Belgian Waffle Bar|
When the mid-afternoon low blood sugar level hit as we strolled around Downtown Vancouver, my best friend's mom suggested we find something sweet for a snack. Walking along the streets until the afternoon sun made us crave ice cream so we headed towards Bella Gelateria. But from two blocks away, we saw the line up curving around the corner and went for plan B, waffles. Since Cafe Medina just closed at 4pm, I recommended we try Nero Belgian Waffle Bar as it has been on my wish list for a while now.
Those four blocks we walked felt like the largest four blocks that existed in downtown. Located at 1703 Robson Street, Nero Belgian Waffle Bar is a small restaurant that could easily be missed if one wasn't paying attention. The three tables outside were all full with customers enjoying their sugary treat. With a bit of tree shade and a light breeze, it is an impeccable environment to relax and chat with a friend over a plate of waffles. Being a dessertatarian, my eyes sparkled with excitement. My fancy waffle experience was about to begin!
|Nero Belgian Waffle Bar's Summer Specials Menu|
On entering the restaurant, we thought it was like counter service where you order your food and find an open table. But the employees told us that all the tables were currently full and asked us to wait outside for a few minutes. So this place is "please wait to be seated" rather than "please seat yourself", unless you're doing take out. Once a spot for three people opened up at the 'communal table' (aka large table), we placed our orders. Since my best friend and I have rather opposite preferences, we agreed to order both summer specials. Might as well take advantage of their limited time only items. However we were told that the white chocolate mousse for the Berry White waffle was sold out and would be replaced with a dark chocolate mousse. I have no problem with that because both my friend's mom and I prefer dark chocolate over any other type.
|Liege waffles in the making|
If I were to choose a waffle for myself, I would've wanted to try the Grapefruit Delight on their regular menu (which I believe still changes every now and then). After paying for our order we asked if we could have some water. Walking down the length of Robson street makes us thirsty! I really appreciate how they provide cups and water for customers free of charge.
We didn't have to wait that long before our two waffles were brought to the table. The first to arrive was The Biscuit; a 'light and crispy' waffle topped with one large scoop of vanilla ice cream, two mountains of whipped cream, Oreo crumbs, and chocolate drizzle. It was everything my best friend loves. She prefers this Brussels waffle and loves anything with Oreo. For me, the best part was having the ice cream. Would've been even better if the waffle was hotter so the ice cream could melt. The waffle had this odd salty taste after chewing a few times. It helps contrast the sugary-ness of toppings but it wasn't too pleasant. The Biscuit is not my favourite but was still tasty.
Service here is minimal; they take your order at the cash register and bring you your waffles and cutlery. That's about it. I don't think they need to do much more than that though. For such a small restaurant (or cafe really), service just needs to be friendly and polite when you speak with them, which they were.
|Nero Belgian Waffle Bar Menu|
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