So I thought that Craffles was a cross between waffles and croissants, but it turns out to be waffles and crepes, which makes a lot more sense. Still, I am intrigued by the idea of crossing a waffle with a croissant! Craffles serves tapioca flour crepes and acai bowls, making me think that there is really a Brazillian connection here but I was so busy stuffing my face that I didn't think to ask about that!
Craffles - Vegan Options
Mharie and I generally practice a sort of intermittent fasting meaning that we usually don't eat until noon but trying Craffles meant that we would have to adjust our schedule and so we did! Located on Davie near Richards, we showed up at the opening time and already were the third in line. The place got stupid busy even before we were finished, so plan accordingly.
What kind of people have a milkshake for breakfast? Of the monster milkshakes on their menu (presumably aimed at the lunchtime crowd) one was vegan and we had to try it to be able to comment!
And oh my God, I would eat this for breakfast every day! Plant-based vanilla ice cream and cocoa powder and all sorts of cookie crumbles and toasted marshmallows and an ice cream bar! A little pricey at $18.50 but well worth it and highly shareable!
We had OMG It's Vegan Croquette which was also pretty excellent! The cheese centres were melty (always the measure of vegan cheese) while the exterior was crispy and hot. It could have used some hot sauce or a dip but we wolfed them down before we could ask for something. We need to slow down!
This was Green Crispy Chick'n Tapioca. It doesn't look like much at first glance but the tapioca flour crepe had an interesting slightly crispy texture. Try it vegan or otherwise.
Once we busted it open we found the crepe was filled with good stuff. Spinach, Beyond Chicken and more wonderful melty vegan cheese. I am not an expert but tapioca flour is apparently gluten-free although Craffles does not plug it as such. Gluten-free is nonsensical unless you are genuinely gluten sensitive or have celiac disease. The gluten-free fad diet is ridiculous and will someday be revealed as harmful so well done, Craffles (whether it is your intention or not)
OK, so this is a craffle. It needs some toppings and stuff but we wanted to at least sample the base element even if we had already stuffed ourselves. Just a waffle really....not amazing beyond the regular waffle but quite good!
This is a bright, comfortable place with friendly, efficient staff. I utterly failed to get an interior photo because they distracted me at the front counter (yes, oh sure, it's their fault!). They seem to have a soft spot for vegans and the manager (just guessing) wanted my input and indicated that variations on the croquettes (waffles and croquettes?) were coming as well as more plant-based additions to the menu. I have since discovered more vegan options listed under the savoury section of the menu! We are not done with this place! An excellent place for plant-based and omnivorous eaters to meet!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan options 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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