The very first thing you discover concerning the Little Store of Waffles is the odor. It’s candy – like sugar and batter – reminding me of Sunday’s spent baking in my Nan’s kitchen. The large distinction being my Nan by no means made bubble waffles and till a couple of weeks in the past, I had by no means even heard of them.
The thought for Little Store of Waffles, Sydney’s solely bubble waffle café, started as most nice concepts do – with 4 feminine buddies (Irene Zalami, Saskia Schuck, Naomi Mourra and Alex Potter) sat round a desk reminiscing about their time abroad and the superb meals they’d loved. One such meals was a avenue meals in Hong Kong – the bubble waffle – and so they determined to convey this uncommon dessert to Sydney’s Northern Seashores.
What started as one thing enjoyable to make for buddies at dwelling has blossomed right into a profitable enterprise, one which had uncommon beginnings. Whereas the Northern Seashores was within the grips of a COVID-19 lockdown, The Little Store of Waffles formally opened its doorways on 1st January 2021.
Whereas for a lot of, selecting to launch a café throughout a world pandemic would appear a loopy thought, it’s one which proved advantageous for the 4 buddies, with Co-founder Irene Zalami saying that launching throughout a lockdown turned out to be a constructive transfer for the enterprise, commenting, “We began with takeaway solely and we noticed that even in lockdown, folks have been in search of one thing that might convey some pleasure to their day.”
And who wouldn’t discover pleasure in a Pavlova Bubble Waffle, full with seasonal fruit and crispy meringue, or a Banana-Carma, crammed with caramel gelato, recent banana and caramel popcorn. It’s all my sugar-filled desires come to life.
So what’s so particular a couple of waffle? Every bubble waffle is baked recent to order, the batter is handmade in retailer and there are vegan and gluten free choices out there. Each creation is palm oil free and the enterprise is devoted to giving again to a neighborhood that has confirmed them a lot love during the last 5 months.
Partnering with Northern Seashores Ladies Shelter (NBWS), one greenback from each sale of Banana-Carma goes in the direction of the important work the shelter does locally and simply this month the café began working with Kindness Espresso with a pay-it-forward initiative. Whenever you donate $4 on a pay-it-forward espresso a ping pong ball is added to the Kindness Jar and anybody in want can use a ball to redeem an everyday sizzling drink.
The café can also be devoted to sustainability, with no single-use plastic used with their orders and in case you present up with a bag they’ll fill it with their used espresso grounds to your compost or backyard.
Little Store of Waffles has lately launched a small savoury choice – Cruffles – croissants evenly toasted within the bubble waffle maker and topped together with your selection of smoked salmon, avocado and feta or Mediterranean model with hummus and olives. There’s additionally all the time the choice to construct your individual creation with toppings of your selecting.
There’s no denying how tough the final 18 months have been for small companies, and the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has not evaded the café fully. A finalist within the Northern Seashores Native Enterprise Award, the 4 house owners and their small workforce of devoted workers are grateful for each busy day they get and hope to proceed to serve the Northern Seashores neighborhood their fill of bubble waffles properly into the long run.
However the large query is – how does it style? It tastes like Sunday’s spent in my Nan’s kitchen – and that’s priceless.
You’ll find Little Store of Waffles at 7/7-9 The Corso, Manly 2050 or order online.
They’re open from 10am-5pm on Wednesday and Thursday; 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10am-6pm on Sunday.