Belgian Waffles & Bread
I wandered into this place because the bakery next door advertising Chocolate Cake was closed. Their daily special was mini-waffles and a hot chocolate so I got that. The mini-waffles are a good size still and would be good for children especially. I got to try a few different flavours. I highly recommend the chocolate coated waffles, those were decadent. I usually don't like white chocolate that much but it works with the waffles. I also tried the maple which was donut-like almost in density and texture, the cinnamon which would be awesome with some apple butter, and the light green matcha which had a faint green tea taste but it wasn't overpowering which was nice. The hot chocolate was good too, not to sweet. Everything is prepared with care, and to order and the nice owner's clearly are passionate about waffles. Worth a visit if you are in the area. You can even pick some up to enjoy for breakfast the next day.
Hidden out in Steveston, looks like not anything special here. Just another bakery. A couple of tables for a quick bite and that's it.
Oh but wait, Philippe the baker (not Damien, we don't know who Damien is) actually does a solid job and seems passionate about his product. Judging by his accent using my rather inexpert opinion, I would guess European French (Belgium or France). Totally family run, his 2 infant children are usually milling around along with his Japanese wife who takes care of the till. They're quite friendly and attentive.
There's only a few flavours of waffles so far, but it's all solid. No stupid ingredients here! Only the real thing. For $5, you can get a waffle, with real whipping cream, real fruit topping (in our case, pure raspberry compote, not even any sugar added) and premium loose leaf tea, which Philippe will do to order for you in his press. (He wouldn't let us touch it because he wants it done right and couldn't trust us to handle it :-)
The real surprise is the bread, which comes fresh out of the oven at noon on Saturdays. It switches every week, but I would classify their raisin bread as the best we've ever had. It's so good, we can munch it down plain, no butter, no toasting, no nothin'.
The waffles? Well, if you're nearby, go. If I had to choose between this and Patisserie Lebeau, I'd head to Lebeau if it were closer, for sure. If you're in Steveston, it makes a good wholesome snack or light breakfast. I wouldn't make a lengthy trek there just for the waffles (yet), but ... we'd go back for the bread alone. Maybe for that alone, or maybe because I'm feeling generous, 4 stars. He'll get the nod for the passion he brings to his baking anyways.
I haven't had a waffle like this since I was in Amsterdam and had them at Rene's. Truly a European style of waffle, with authentic clumps of sugar and everything. Admittedly, not for everyone while it brought me straight back to the streets of Amsterdam for a quick snack.
If you want to travel to Europe without leaving Richmond, this is a great place to go. Especially is you have a sweet tooth.
Additional- the coffee is delicious!!!!