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Reviewed December 21, 2023

Open since 2009, Wannawafel had been on my “must try” list since 2017. I’d gotten intrigued by Wannawafel’s offerings after watching an old re-run of the CBC’s popular Dragons’ Den in which they appeared (2010). Looking back, their appearance on the show generated a lot...of local buzz because not only did they gain instant national exposure, but their pitch was ultimately successful. The owner of Wannawafel subsequently entered into a deal with Jim Treliving of Boston Pizza fame; however, after months of delays, the team @ Wannawafel backed out of the deal and instead teamed up with Richard Larkin. As a result, I believe Wannawafel has a number of franchised locations across the country. In any event, I decided to enjoy the smoky skies of Victoria in the waning days of August (thank you BC wildfires). Before properly beginning my explorations, I decided to FINALLY knock Wannawafel off my list. Thus, I made my way to Market Square and Wannawafel, which was just inside the gates. The actual restaurant was much smaller than I anticipated (about 3 high-legged chairs w/ small tables inside and 4 tables outside, each with 4 red chairs). Thus, in terms of atmosphere, it’s fairly nondescript; however, sitting outside and people-watching – as I did – proved enjoyable. The menu at Wannawafel is equally compact: Belgian-style waffles are available in two varieties – the Brussels and Liege. From here, you can select any number of fruit toppings. The Brussels Waffle is probably the one most are familiar with: Made from batter, it is crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. The Liege waffle, on the other hand, is made from a sweetened batter, with a caramelized outside and a denser consistency throughout. I opted for the Liege waffle with strawberry compote and whipped cream. Because the waffles are made to order rather than sweating all day under a heat lamp, I had to wait a few minutes for my Liege waffle, but didn’t mind because fresh is always best! Anyway, the waffle – or what I could see of it – looked quite enticing. The homemade strawberry compote was evenly distributed and tasted really good; however, I didn’t really care for the literal MOUNTAIN of whipped cream atop my waffle. Moderation would’ve been better here, I think. As for the actual waffle, it was fine but definitely didn’t have me declaring “that’s the best waffle I’ve ever had” like the “Dragons.” It wasn’t exactly crispy (maybe from all the whipped cream?) and I found it too sweet for my liking. I did finish the waffle, but pushed most of the whipped cream aside. FOOD: 3/5 SERVICE: 4/5 ATMOSPHERE: 3/5 VALUE: 3/5 RECOMMENDATION: At day’s end, I didn’t quite understand all the hype. But then, their appearance on Dragons’ Den was thirteen years ago. Again, the waffle was fine, but not earth-shattering. Perhaps the “Brussels” is better? Anyway, if you’re curious, I say check it out, but I likely won’t go out of my way in future. Mild recommendation. PS: If you found this review helpful in any way please consider hitting the "helpful" button!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed July 23, 2023 via mobile

Lovely place with outstanding waffles and coffee. Felt like I was in Brussels eating them. Kind people, definitely worth a visit!!!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 24, 2021

Tasteless and not worth the wait. Overrated. Belgium waffles were made fresh, other type just warmed up! Guy serving could not cope with more than one order!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

I loved sitting out on the boardwalk of Market Square people watching on a glorious sunny day with my family. The young lady behind the counter was a ray of sunshine herself. My family ordered beautiful light and crispy waffles with berries and whip cream.The...coffee was good too! I saw the young men who brought this waffle recipe to the Lions Den and was excited to try it. There's no question why the Lions loved it and backed them. They are delicious.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

Best waffles without all the extra sweets. Had a waffle on the dock the night before and had to go have a waffle with milk in the morning.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

We happened upon this little place, we order two Belgen, and one leigre version. We loved them all p, the waffles were so light and tasty and the fruit lovely a fresh. The traditional waffle was very flavourful. Coffee was fresh and ok, it could...be an improved more robust blend. It was cafe style text.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2019

Best waffles ever. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a snack. Nice patio for enjoying the weather

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile

Who doesn’t love waffles with bananas, whipped cream, ice cream and chocolate sauce. Terrific treat for the kids.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2019 via mobile

We stopped in here for a midmorning snack. The Liege waffle was incredible! Lots of options for toppings however, not necessary… It is tasty enough on its own!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

After visiting Belgium a few years ago and falling for a morning waffle and coffee. I was in heaven when I found this place. Feels like I am back in belgium.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful taste for a quick snack. They should get a cinnamon one for me. Lots of calories but great tastes and friendly service.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Everything tastes great!! Just what I needed this morning for late breakfast!! Hot chocolate was amazing as well!!

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Highly suggest to stop here for a quick bite to eat! Waffles are amazing and all sorts to choose from!

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

A nice stop for a light snack. Waffle was tasty, service was good. Not much indoor seating but lots of patio seating if it’s a nice day.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Best mid morning treat ever! Delicious! Service was very friendly and quick. Some nice outdoor seating in a great area for people watching!

Date of visit: January 2018
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