The other day, Akemi and I happened across a small dessert shop in Vancouver’s Strathcona district. It’s called Crackle Creme and it specializes in creme brûlée – oh, and waffles. Real Belgian waffles with pearl sugar, not those other ones!
The place is a one-man show run by Daniel Wong and, what he lacks in restaurant experience he more than makes up for in passion and sheer enthusiasm. On the afternoon we checked out his place, there were 12 different varieties of creme brûlée available. Since it was our first visit, I decided to go simple – straight vanilla bean creme brûlée.
The brûlée was perfect – neither eggy nor overly sweet with a nice thin caramelized sugar covering.
As if often the case when I can’t decide between two desserts, I get both. And so, in addition to the brûlée, I also ordered a Liege waffle with “adult nutella” (Pssst. The secret ingredient is booze!).
A terrific waffle – which I thought could have been even slightly more so with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. But I’m no waffle purist.
Check it out the next time you’re in town.
Opens Wednesdays to Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
245 Union Street (Vancouver, BC)