Red Wagon Cafe, but sometimes I want something a little bit different. And that’s how I came to be intrigued by a little cafe in Downtown Vancouver.
The idea with Miura Waffle Milk Bar is actually quite simple: they make waffle sandwiches. It does feel like there is something distinctly Japanese in this approach, even though waffles aren’t exactly an “Asian” thing to do. Armed with a coupon from the Entertainment Book, we braved the traffic nightmare of Davie Street one day and indulged in some waffle goodness.
The restaurant itself is quite small, only having enough indoor seating for about a dozen people. There are a couple of tables out on the patio too, but if you come during a busy time, you may have a hard time finding a chair. You order and pay from the counter with the menu clearly visible on the wall. The “kitchen” is open, so you can watch the homemade waffle-making action, if that’s your kind of thing.
Blueberry Yoggy Milk ($3.49)
In addition to the waffle sandwiches, Miura is also a “milk bar.” The example here is a small plastic cup with blueberry, yogurt, and milk. It had just the right amount of sweetness, but the cup is quite small. You can also get the yoggy milk in pineapple.
If you’re not a fan of yogurt drinks, the flavored milks are sold for the same $3.49 and you can have mango, strawberry, maple, or coffee. A range of coffee and teas are also on the menu.
Banana Caramel Waffle Sando ($4.99): banana, whipped cream, cookie crumbs & caramel sauce
Oh, they’re not sandwiches; they’re “sandos.” Here is one of the sweet options. The waffle didn’t have the kind of “crispness” that I expect on the exterior, instead having a fluffy texture throughout. Even so, this was quite a pleasant “sando.” Other sweet waffle sandos include Cookies & Cream (oreo, whipped cream & chocolate sauce) and Tiramisu (cream cheese custard cream, coffee jelly & chocolate sauce).
BEC Waffle Sando ($6.99): bacon, egg omelette & mozzarella cheese
On the savory side, we went with a breakfast-themed sando. Again, the waffle was quite fluffy inside, as was the egg omelette. I think I preferred the sweet version. There are also more exotic varieties of savory sandos, like the Bulgogi (beef, egg sauce, kimchi & bulgogi sauce), Wasabi Salmon (salmon, lettuce, herbs & wasabi ranch), and Hoisin (hoisin pork sausage, cilantro, pickled radish & carrot).
I wouldn’t say that the waffle sandos were terribly expensive, but they’re not exactly cheap either. They are going to be on the smaller side of things, so if you’re expecting a bigger lunch, this probably isn’t the way to go. If you want something light, a nice waffle sando can really hit the spot.
Miura Waffle Milk Bar is located at 829 Davie Street in Downtown Vancouver. They’re open Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm, as well as 10am to 7pm on Saturdays and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and holidays.