The sweet­est spot for break­fast

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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.

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