The first morning in a new city is purely a mission to find the perfect breakfast spot. Luckily Waffle-era Tea Room is a centrally located restaurant in San Juan so it was easy to find. This quaint brunch spot served as my go-to breakfast place for most of my time in San Juan so I had to share it with you guys!The open floor plan in Waffle-era is welcoming and lends just the right amount of casual lightness that a brunch place ought to have. They have a neutral color scheme with an understated antique decor that doesn’t beg for attention and lets the food take center stage. Dishes are made from a kitchen with glass paneling that makes it easier to stare in anticipation while trying to guess whether that’s your order they just finished making. It’s okay, we all do it.
Waffle-era serves either half or whole waffles, encouraging you to order two different halves – which I happily obliged. Every dish I tried was delicious and showed an expertise in melding flavors together. I judge dishes topped with ingredients like bacon or cheese harshly; mistakes and lack of creativity can easily be hidden under heavy flavors and I’m not impressed by an otherwise ordinary dish smothered in cheese or bacon (not that I’d ever eat bacon). Both their savory and sweet waffles were creations a chef should be proud of, as well as meals that would have me back the next day. Dubbed the “foodie-schoolhouse” by its creators, Waffle-era gives you the option to build your waffle from scratch by experimenting with a large list of ingredients to choose from. It’s nearly impossible to make a bad waffle so you get to play chef without risking your meal! While not being the most vegan friendly restaurant, vegetarians won’t have much trouble here.
A truly great tea room is a rare find, and I definitely didn’t expect to find one that also happened to serve amazing waffles, but Waffle-era Tea Room is just that place. With over 30 organic whole leaf and herbal teas that can be ordered hot or cold, you’re bound to find something you love and something you’ve never ever heard of. I tried out their Ceylon Coconut, hot of course because I can’t have my tea any other way. This tea is a blend of Ceylon Black tea with coconut shavings added to the cup. It was perfectly brewed and had such a smooth flavour to it; I wish I could’ve taken it home with me!
This is one restaurant I do and don’t wish I lived a block away from. It’s probably best for my waistline this restaurant in San Juan is not next door to me because I would have no self control…plus they’re just a bit on the pricey side. But whenever I’m back in Puerto Rico I know exactly where I’ll be having my breakfast.