Some people have all the luck. They wake up with perfect hair. They always find a parking spot close to their destination. They work in Ta’ Xbiex. That’s right – the seaside locale has become a hub for both new businesses and food establishments seeking to feed the crowd of hungry employees they bring with them. Food trucks and restaurants have done brisk trade in the area and those lucky workers get a huge range of options, come lunchtime. Time to test out the goods.
The new kid on the block is the Waffle Bros, an espresso bar and waffle house, situated just behind a row of office blocks and the marina. It was a sunny day and thus we were contractually obligated to try out their beer range. The Brussels Beer Project is taking the local scene by storm, offering a selection of brews including the delightful, fruity Delta IPA and Grosse Bertha, a well-rounded wheat beer with, frankly, an excellent name.
Moving on to the solid portion of our meal, both of us were drawn in by the roast beef waffle. That’s right – they do savoury waffles here. Just like the ever versatile crepes, waffles can serve as a neutral vehicle for strong flavoured savoury ingredients. Keep an eye out for their specials, which frequently feature slow-cooked options. And try the fries. They’re excellent.
Despite my newly realized enlightenment, I have to say I was most excited for the sweet dessert waffles. They make two types at Waffle Bros – the Brussels type, which are fluffy and light, and the Liege waffles, which have a cake-like consistency imbued with pearl sugar. They were both what they promised to be – airy and light, rich and dense, topped with swirls of warm Nutella, fresh fruit and sugar. Moreish, satisfying and sinful.
They also do platters and mini waffle bites. The latest in the Ta’ Xbiex food scene is sure to keep those sugar cravings at bay and offer some unexpected flavours along the way.