I was craving waffles one morning so took the opportunity to try the Belgian kind I’d heard so much about at Manuel Latruwe.
The bakery sells flaky croissants, fresh bread and sweet pastries at the counter. But you can also order off their short breakfast/lunch menu for eating in the cafe.
I can categorize my experience positively if I adopt the easy-going manner and eating habits of the French, or negatively if I recall it as an impatient, gluttonous North American. It kinda went both ways.
You order from the counter and then they bring the food out to your table. Ordering was painfully slow. The girl had to go into the back to check if there were waffles, asked for our order, then had to find someone to check again how to ring it in, then confirm our order again.
We were offered a choice of strawberries, ice cream, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, maple syrup or whipped cream with our waffles. Because there was no mention of any extra charges, we assumed these options were all included. So we were a tad annoyed after we paid to see on the receipt that maple syrup cost an extra $1 as did whipped cream for another $1.
The waffles themselves cost $10. They were light, crisp and delicious, but I was still hungry after.
Manuel Latruwe, 1333-1st St. SE, Calgary, (403) 261-1092. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday & Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sunday.