After dinner nearby, we decided to try Crackle Creme.
This little hole-in-wall place on Union Street, on the edge of Chinatown, specializes in espresso beverages, liege waffles, and creme brûlée.
As the name of the establishment suggests, creme brûlée is their specialty. They’re made in small batches, using the finest possible ingredients.
The sugar is sprinkled on top and torched once ordered.
This is a superb creme brûlée. It’s sweet and salty from the caramel, creamy, and a nice hard layer of burnt sugar over the top.
I went with a feature flavor, Vietnamese coffee.
This is a coffee flavored cream, brûléed on top, then dressed with a little sweetened condensed milk, and some coco nibs. The coffee flavor is strong and dark, while creamy and smooth on the inside. I don’t know if the coco nibs made much of difference. I could barely taste them over the bold coffee flavor.
We also decided to try the liege waffle.
This is a light and fluffy waffle, evidently made from a yeasted batter. I could taste and smell the fermented aroma from the yeast cultures. It makes for a surprisingly light and airy waffle, with crisp edges. It’s lightly sweet and dusted with powdered sugar, for a little extra sweetness.
The room is small and compact (probably only seats about 12 on the inside and maybe another 6-8 outside.
The service was fairly minimal. Place your order at the counter, take a seat, and they’ll bring your order to you in a few minutes.