Checked out Miura Waffle Milk Bar while spending a Saturday afternoon downtown with CC. Miura’s offering is straightforward, waffle sandos (came from the Japanese word サンドウィッチ Sandowicchi aka sandwich), coffee & tea and its flavoured milks. Milk and yogurt milk is flavoured with real fruit and juices to turn into their popular flavoured milks and yoggy milks.
The two of us ordered two waffle sandos, one savoury and one sweet, plus two flavoured milks. I picked Mango Flavoured Milk as mango is one of my favourite flavours for drinks. It was pretty good; tasted almost like mango bubbletea, but lighter and less sweet. On the other hand, the Strawberry Flavoured Milk was rather bland. You can see and taste bits of strawberries but it didn’t have much flavour. It’s probably the healthier one (less sugar by using real strawberries vs using mango juice/syrup), but I’d rather have some flavours in my drink.
For the waffle sandwiches, we chose Bulgogi Sando as our savoury option, which is also their signature item. In my head, I’ve always associated waffle with something sweet like syrup, chocolate sauce and fruit, so I was a bit hesitant about eating a savoury waffle sandwich. But it took just one bite to sweep my worries away. It was very good. The saltiness in the beef and bulgogi sauce, the spiciness in the kimchi and the creamy egg sauce worked very well together. The waffle was nice and fluffy, and crunchy too; it sucked in some of the juices from the filling so it’s got some savoury favours as well. I would order it again!
As for the sweet one, we picked Tiramisu Sando. I actually dived right into this one when both sandos got to our tables, afraid that the custard cream would melt and soften up the waffle. Wow it was yummy! Each component, cream cheese custard cream, coffee jelly and chocolate sauce, didn’t make sense on their own, but if you took a bite of everything together, you can really taste tiramisu! The chunks of coffee jelly weren’t too appetizing-looking but it made the sandwich what it should be. It was effortless to finish my half of the Tiramisu Sando.
While the sandos were tasty, I have to say the portion is not very big. I suppose waffle machines are all of standard size, so it’s difficult to make a bigger sandwich. But we could easily eat 1.5 or even 2 sandwiches on our own. Considering that each savoury sando costs $5.99-7.99 and sweet $4.59-5.99, and flavoured milks $3.49 each, it could really add up eating here.
I think the success of the sandwiches lies within the freshness of the waffle. Truly appreciate the fact that waffles were made fresh, upon your orders. There were two waffle machines, working non-stop to pump out fluffy waffles, and another staff was responsible for assembling the sandwiches as well as delivering food to each table. A relatively small cafe but it had 3 staff working – that’s the way to maintain speedy service!
While it may get expensive eating here, the sandwiches are really good! I might skip the flavoured milks, or even coffee and tea, but I’d definitely come back to try other sandos. Highly recommend you to check it out!
Miura Waffle Milk Bar
829 Davie Street, Vancouver