Hidden oasis for the best American fast food06 November, 2010 by Chad
Waffletown, located at Balmoral Plaza in Bukit Timah is one of the Singapore’s hidden paradises. A local offspring of Waffletown USA, this homely establishment serves some of the best traditional American style fast food you can find in the country at unintimidating prices.
As a kid I actually grew up eating at Waffletown, back when it was located in the basement of Bukit Timah Shopping Center, so I might be a little biased toward speaking fondly of the place. It does say something when a place is able to survive two decades of fussy Singaporean taste buds and the majority of the online reviews are unanimous, Waffletown rocks.
If you’re unfamiliar with the place, Waffletown is often compared to A&W, another name that recalls fond childhood memories. But for those that haven’t lived that long, Waffletown basically serves everything that is considered Western food by Singapore standards: Burgers, fries, fried chicken, chops, steaks, bacon, sausages you name it. The friendly local owner even experiments with rice dishes on the menu for those who can’t live without their grains.
Waffletown’s real secret though is its fried chicken. Simply put, it’s the best fried chicken you can get for fast food prices in Singapore. It’s incredibly tasty without having to overdose on pepper like at Arnold’s or Popeye’s. Waffletown’s chicken also remains crispy while you eat it, while the chicken served at Arnold’s begin to self destruct the moment it reaches your table.
If there is one thing you absolutely must try on your first visit here, this is it. Unless of course you like your chicken soggy and peppery.
The place isn’t called Waffletown for nothing. Here you’ll be able to find a number of different savory and dessert waffles to suit your tastes. Savory waffles come with a combination of eggs, bacon and sausages, or everything if you wish. They’re great, but I’ve been saving room for dessert waffles the past few visits.
So sinful are the waffles that I once had both the savory and dessert versions for dinner, in addition to the fried chicken above. Keep in mind that the waffles are baked Belgium style, airy and to the crisp. It’s better that way honestly. But as before, those looking for dense, soggy Hong Kong “waffles” will be disappointed.
Choose from one or two scoops of your ice cream of choice, and top it up with fruits if you will. Though it is described as fast food, all the food at Waffletown are made to order, including the waffles. If you’re in a hurry, let them know when you’re placing your main order and they will followup with your dessert automatically. It is hard to explain the pleasures of a warm, freshly baked waffle smothered in cream.
While Waffletown lacks any of the flare of popular fast food outlets, the shop has retained its own group of loyal followers throughout the years, who know the place for its quality food and service (myself included). If you’re looking for a comfortable, no frills family restaurant, look below for how to get there.
#01-02 Balmoral Plaza, 271 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259708
Tel: 6836 6536
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