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maltatoday, SUNDAY, 8 MAY 2016 34 Food Exclusively imported by Charles Grech & Co. Ltd, Valley Road, Birkirkara T: 2144 4400 Grecante Grechetto 2015 – Arnaldo Caprai Umbria, Italy Marco Caprai strongly believed in the great opportunities that could come from such a long tradition and he translated this heritage with a modern and innovative approach. Thanks to research work and long term experimentation, Arnaldo-Caprai works to produce top quality elegant wines that show a unique character. · Intense yellow straw with green tinges. Floral notes, intensely fruity and delicate. Soft, well balanced, pleasantly fruity. Grecante is an impressive aperitif and a perfect accompaniment to seafood, veal and poultry dishes · International Wine Cellar 89 points- "Pale straw. Apple, nectarine and lemony fresh herbs on the bright nose. On the palate, soft ripe apple and apricot flavors are lifted by accents of lime, citrus peel and white flowers. Bright, harmonious acidity contributes to an impression of elegance. This strikes me as one of the best, deepest Grecantes made to date by Caprai." Rachel Agius takes a look at a restaurant and brings a recipe, wine and delicacy of the week. Write to us with your comments on restaurants or submit your own recipes to SOME people have all the luck. They wake up with perfect hair. They always find a parking spot close to their destina- tion. They work in Ta' Xbiex. That's right – the seaside locale has be- come a hub for both new businesses and food establishments seeking to feed the crowd of hungry employees they bring with them. Food trucks and restaurants have done brisk trade in the area and those lucky workers get a huge range of options, come lunchtime. Time to test out the goods. The new kid on the block is the Waffle Bros, an espresso bar and waffle house, situated just behind a row of office blocks and the marina. I took my editor along (a suggestion met with absolutely no pro- test from her end), in an effort to bring our readers a thorough, balanced review. I hope you all appreciate the hardships we withstand in order to bring you only the very best in food writing. It was a sunny day and thus we were contractually obligated to try out their beer range. The Brussels Beer Project is taking the local scene by storm, offer- ing a selection of brews including the delightful, fruity Delta IPA and Grosse Bertha, a well-rounded wheat beer with, frankly, an excellent name. Moving on to the solid portion of our meal, both of us were drawn in by the roast beef waffle. That's right – they do savoury waffles here. For the first couple of bites, I must admit, I almost felt like a dusting of icing sugar and a scoop of ice cream were missing. Once I got over that preconception, I realized I quite liked this turn of events. Just like the ever-versatile crepes, waffles can serve as a neutral vehicle for strong flavoured savoury ingredients. Keep an eye out for their specials, which frequently feature slow-cooked options. And try the fries. They're excellent. Despite my newly realized enlighten- ment, I have to say I was most excited for the sweet dessert waffles. They make two types at Waffle Bros – the Brussels type, which are fluffy and light, and the Liege waffles, which have a cake-like consist- ency imbued with pearl sugar. In the in- terest of science, we chose one of each and loaded them up with fruit, chocolate and, because I'm a grownup, sprinkles. They were both what they promised to be – airy and light, rich and dense, topped with swirls of warm Nutella, fresh fruit and sugar. Moreish, satisfy- ing and sinful. They also do platters (for when you can't decide on just one) and mini waffle bites (for when you're crav- ing little chocolate-dipped mouthfuls). As we wrapped up our working lunch, we couldn't help but feel a twinge of jealousy as we walked back to the car in the early spring sunshine, the sound and smell of the sea heavy in the brisk spring air. The latest in the Ta' Xbiex food scene is sure to keep those sugar crav- ings at bay and offer some unexpected flavours along the way. Waffle Bros – Espresso Bar Marina Business Centre, Abate Rigord Street, Ta' Xbiex. Tel: 21336734 Web: Facebook: Waffle Bros – Espresso Bar Resto of the week WINE OF THE WEEK The new kid on the block We're always looking for a new spot to kick back and enjoy something delicious. Waffle Bros – Espresso Bar has recently opened doors to rave reviews of Belgian waffles washed down with Belgian beers. RACHEL AGIUS goes to check it out PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAY ATTARD

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