When it comes to bakeries and sweet delights, I, as a German, have very high expectations. Having been raised in the country of bread and cakes, it’s hard to please my palate. And I have to say Dolce Bakery not only met my expectations, they sent my taste buds straight to haven!
This small, down-to-earth bakery/eatery in Observatory welcomes visitors with beautiful wall paintings in bright colours, cheerful smiles, and a friendly Hello from Russel, the owner. It was a lovely hot day when we visited, so we decided to sit on the shaded patio in the quiet neighbourhood.
Their sit-down lunch menu features a range of delicious pies and pizzas and because they keep up with the times and value healthy eating, their range includes plenty of vegetarian options – complete with three delicious hot! vegan pizzas.
To kick off our lunch, we were treated to a white chocolate and hazelnut milkshake, a feta and spinach pie, and one of the vegan pizzas.
The pie was nothing like the take-away pies you get at petrol stations (my guilty quick-fix), but firm and filled to the top with tasty spinach and feta (without excessive, runny gooeyness) and the vegan pizza proved that you should not judge a pizza by its cheesy covers. Bustling with rich flavours, my veggie pizza was a hot delight (sorry, I am still getting over the fact that there is hot vegan pizza out there).
When it was time to order dessert it took me forever to decide what I wanted. I was standing at the counter drooling staring at all the sweet little things. Chocolate-cookie cheese cake, carrot cake, lemon meringue, peppermint cups, chocolate brownie, jumbo muffins, melktart … And because this is not just any bakery, there is, of course, also a banting-friendly cheese cake and a vegan apple crumble. We took up Russel’s recommendation for a choc cookie cheese cake and a giant chocolate muffin. The food at Dolce Bakery is seriously rich in flavour, texture, and serious portion size. We had a full belly AND took left-overs home with us.
At their Observatory branch, they currently run a morning special from 7 to 11 am including a cup of fresh Origin roasted coffee and a croissant or a jumbo muffin for only R23.
And students, watch out: every Wednesday you get any pizza, a dessert under R18 and a cool drink for remarkably cheap R55. This is one honest business that took #FeesMustFall students’ demand to heart. Their prices in general are very affordable. Seriously, where else can you get a jumbo muffin for just R17?
Kloof street hipsters, don’t fret, if you need a quick bite or a dessert, check out their shop in the Picbel Parkade (Shop 19) at 58a Strand Street. Think sweet temptations, pies, sandwiches and salads, including a great selection for vegetarians and vegans (alas no vegan pizzas though) for take-away.
In 2011, Russel took over the business from his father, who operated the bakery solely as a distribution business for more than 80 restaurants and cafés in Cape Town like Royal Eatery, Mamma Africa, Yours Truly and Obs Café. To this day, this is still a major part of Dolce Bakery’s footprint. So if you run a restaurant or café in Cape Town and can’t afford to maintain a bakery on site, you should contact Russel to supply yummy sweets and tasty sandwiches.
To stay up-to-date on their specials and new offerings, follow them on DolceBakeryCapeTown or twitter and Instagram @DolceBakery_CT.