The sweetest spot for breakfast
Café: Dolcissima Address: Shop 3, Palmhof Centre, Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof Contact: 021 426 0400 Hours: Weekdays 8am to 5pm, Saturdays 8am to 2pm Dish eaten: Scrambled wrap Price: R35
THE SAD thing about Dolcissima is that it is a bit hidden. The fairly new bakery is nestled at the back of Palmhof Centre, below the Checkers level and between a pet grooming and nutrition store.
Be that as it may, it provides casual, friendly service, simple food and a cosy atmosphere. It’s tiny, with only four round tables inside and three outside.
I squeezed in some breakfast time last week with a friend and we both ordered specials off the board. He describes himself as being allergic to vegetables so he jumped straight to the R30 omelette special, leaving me to the roast vegetables and scrambled egg wrap (R35).
While I waited, I ordered a regular latte but then I quickly changed my mind as the sun was scorching.
“Can you do an iced coffee?” I asked our friendly waitress.
She was kind enough to keep the latte aside for a staffer to drink and presented me with a light, bubbly iced coffee in a milkshake glass. It’s bubbly because of the heated coffee being poured on crushed ice. You can also take it with cubed ice.
My friend really liked his omelette, calling it fluffy between his mouthfuls. It was filled with bacon, feta and Cheddar.
My wrap was more flat than cylindrical and was pinned closed with a toothpick.
I could taste marrows and tomatoes with the scrambled egg.
Moving past the regular breakfast fare, I could not leave without a slice of tempting red velvet cake. Apparently they use real beetroot in their recipe. You can taste the difference; it was really moist and made for a good slice of cake.
I liked the atmosphere at Dolcissima. It offers good mountain views and is in a quiet part of the City Bowl. On the day I was there, they played what sounded like deep house, something I’ll never complain about, and it did not seem to annoy any of the older customers. The decor gives the feel of a dollhouse kitchen with patterned wallpaper on one wall, a chandelier, and wedding cakes and homemade jams on sale.
They do have an aircon but on the day I visited they had the doors open and large umbrellas open outside. I’m a little jealous of the residents of the Palmhof Centre flats with a cute gem like this on their doorstep.
The little cafe looks like it attracts a combination of residents and passers-by
Take advantage of their slice of the day special at R30 that comes with a cup of coffee.
SICILIAN DREAMS: Dolcissima is a little bakery gem.