(Update: This cafe is permanently closed.)
Waffles are incredibly versatile. They come in a variety of flavours, from buttermilk and chocolate to pandan, and you can have them plain with syrup, or spruced up with ice cream, fruits and other toppings. You can also have them savoury, paired with fried chicken, salmon, eggs… the possibilities are endless.
While Puchong has no shortage of cafes serving waffles, a good place to have them is at Shelove Waffle Cafe at Bandar Puteri Puchong. Located on the second floor of a shop lot just above a car repair store, this simple establishment is spacious and best of all, it’s usually quiet in comparison to other places so you don’t have to queue up or worry about social distancing. The Moomins and I came here during the Awal Muharram public holiday, after a failed attempt at going to Souffle Dessert Cafe (place was too crowded and had a one-hour waiting list).
The interior is spacious and tables are spaced far apart. Unlike your typical hipster/Instagrammable cafe, shelove feels more homely, with simple decor.
One unique thing about the cafe is that they double as a metaphysics centre of sorts. There are several books and items related to divination, including dice and tarot sets, and they even offer consultation services. Unfortunately the instructions for the tarot are all in Chinese, which I cannot read. insert sad face 😦
The menu is massive, easily 30 items and above. Their specialty is, of course, waffles of both the sweet and savoury variety. They have pretty names, like Lavender Romance (buttermilk waffle over strawberries, blueberries and earl grey lavender ice cream), Sunday Breeze (pandan waffle over coconut icre cream, shredded coconut and coconut biscuits) and Butterfly (green tea waffle topped with matcha ice cream, banana, strawberry, marshmallow, matcha meringue, blueberry and golden syrup).
Moomikins decided these were too heavy for a quick afternoon bite, so she ordered plain waffles with a dash of syrup. If you want to build your own waffle, you can do so by choosing a flavour and different toppings / ice cream. The waffles here are nice and fluffy. Crispy exterior, pillowy soft insides. Not too sweet, which is great.
I, on the other hand, was starving because I had brunch around 11 and it was already 4pm lol.
Ordered a waffle with grilled chicken and a fried egg. It was filling enough to last til dinner. The batter for the waffles was actually the same as the sweet kind, but it actually balanced out the saltiness of the chicken quite nicely – and they also added a splash of syrup to bind all the elements together. If you like savoury waffles, the cafe offers items such as their signature Crispy Honey-Mustard Fried Chicken Waffle, Smokey BBQ Pork Burger Waffle and Nachos Nachos (nachos style buttermilk waffle over crispy chicken, nachos cheese and tomato). Aside from waffles, they also have mains like pastas and rice dishes.
Pricing for the waffles vary. My grilled chicken waffle was Rm12.90, but the premium items cost about RM20++.
SHELOVE WAFFLE CAFE
25, Jalan Puteri 4/1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Opening hours: Tues – Fri (11AM – 10PM), Sat – Sun (12PM – 11PM). Closed Mondays