Nero Belgian Waffle Bar boasts authentic Belgian Waffles made fresh from scratch.
Whenever we hear the words, “authentic Belgian waffles”, we can’t help but think, “oh it’s just another overhyped breakfast or dessert place that will eventually die down in popularity…” With the current myriad of trendy restaurants taking over Vancouver’s service industry, it’s hard to keep up with what’s good and what’s not. However, Nero pretty much stands above them all (In regards to waffles that is). We have to admit, neither of us has ever stepped foot inside Belgium, much less Europe itself. However, we have tried many restaurants that serves waffles/Belgian waffles (before this blog started), and Nero serves truly the most delicious waffles that we have ever eaten before.
Bresilienne - Leige Waffle- $8.50 (6.5/7)
We ordered the “Bresilienne” sweet classic, made Leige style. The waffle was described by the owners as “soft, sweet and chewy”, while the topping we chose had the description: “vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, hazelnut crumble, caramel sauce”.
This was truly delicious. The large waffle was easily enough for both of us, as we had a large dinner prior to this dessert. The couple beside us ordered a waffle each, but could merely only finish half of their dishes! Even though the description only has four ingredients, you can’t imagine how perfect this combination is until you’ve tried it. The hazelnut crumble from Nero might possibly be our favorite dessert topping from now on! The crunchy, sugary mixture blended really well with the melting ice cream on top of our freshly made hot steaming waffle. The waffle itself was sublime, as it wasn’t oversweet like at a lot of places, and was soft and fluffy enough for us to easily cut through. We thoroughly enjoyed our dish as we devoured it within minutes. The generous dollops of whipped cream definitely were a pleasant surprise as we expected our dessert to be much smaller!
If Nero wasn’t so far away, we would be here much more often! Nero’s only downfall is that there are few tables and a shortage of staff. The restaurant can merely fit only a dozen people so when it’s full, there might be a bit of a wait. The delicious waffles do take a while to make as well; we waited approximately 15 minutes for our waffle after we ordered. However, the staff was courteous and made us feel welcomed!
This place is a treat; I wonder why hardly anyone has reviewed it before. I mean, when I go it always packed, despite its poor service. Yes. The current owners are quite rude people, and one would think that that would be enough to repel customers. But no, they must be doing something right, as people keep on coming. Like myself.
This is only because of their Belgian waffles. I've been to other places where they claim to have belgian waffles but they simply don't come close. There is a variety of waffles you can choose from, and you can then also choose how you would like them made: brussels or liege style. I prefer the brussels as they are more crispy, and with fruit and whipped cream, they are beyond amazing.