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‘Dolce’ means ‘sweet’ in Italian, and true to its name, Dolce Tokyo serves a variety of Japanese desserts. They also serve a menu of mains and sides to complete the dining experience, including pasta, all-day breakfast, and sandwiches.
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Desserts add a nice finishing touch to a good meal and poorly crafted desserts can just as well leave one unsatisfied even when the main meal was spectacular.
That was the experience I had with Dolce Tokyo, I had an amazing dinner and was looking for a place to have good dessert and to carry on my dinner conversation with a friend, on the exterior, the cozy decor of Dolce Tokyo certainly drew me in. We looked through their extensive menu with pretty illustrations which promised that the desserts we were going to have were going to blow our mind. We ordered a creme brulee and a panna cotta, both of which were disappointments and utter failures. The desserts which were supposed to be sweet, savoury and leave a nice after taste were nothing short of bland.
Yet another place for fans of breakfast and Japanese desserts
One thing worth noting about Dolce Tokyo might be what your food is served on. Our mains came on a chopping block, and our cake in a birdcage. The chopping block didn't seem an unlikely choice for serving food on, but the birdcage, at least for me, seemed a really novel idea, almost bizarre, but also somewhat amusing.
The menu was small and had few enticing options, so we decided to play it safe and settle on our all-time favourite Eggs Benedict. We had two Bennies: one came topped with the usual smoked salmon, the other with a fat pork sausage. Both were fantastic, though I have always preferred salmon over everything else as an accompaniment to my Benedict. I think it best complements the warm, buttery hollandaise, crisp toast, and well-poached egg compared to, say, ham (no matter what kind). The sausage Benedict was a first for us and, while it was honestly quite good and far from a gustatory failure of an interpretation of the breakfast classic, I personally found the combination of toast and wurst a tad weird. That aside, the only other complaint I might have is that, for both Bennies, the toast was slightly tough and not as crisp as it should be, so that some effort was needed to saw through it (which might explain the chopping block). I recalled taking a few stabs at the sausage, which was thick and harder to cut up to bite-size, and it nearly flew.
We concluded our meal with a delightful slice of yuzu cake, and I was so glad that it wasn't a rip-off, as I could really taste the yuzu, its light citrus zing and sweet, floral notes. That said, for a mere slice, the cake amounted to quite a hefty $11.50.
Average Food From An Understaffed Cafe
Dolce Tokyo offers a mashup fusion of Italian, Japanese and British influences in their menu. However, they are probably one of the least successful among such a concept that I've seen.
There isn't much decor at Dolce Tokyo, as the cafe is open on 3 sides. Thus, Dolce Tokyo would actually be a great place for people watching, or just chilling with drinks. Furniture is functional but quite closely spaced, and I like that you have a choice of western or asian cutlery at each table.
I find the food that I've tried at Dolce Tokyo to be rather average. There isn't much kitchen space here, so food is either quick to prepare, or pre-made in advance. Thus, dishes from their pasta menu or all-day breakfast menu tend to be quick to throw together, and cooked via a simple pan fry or even by microwave. This means that while food can be served quickly, the quality and taste of the dish usually suffers. Because of this, I find their meals to be overpriced. Generally, I find their drinks to be slightly better than their food.
The biggest disappointment is in the service at Dolce Tokyo. This isn't exactly the staff's fault, as Dolce Tokyo is severely understaffed, with only 3 people present. There is 1 chef / cook, who prepares all the food at the back, and 1 barista who makes all the drinks and prepares the desserts. That leaves just 1 staff, who has to run around taking all the orders, serving the food, collecting payment, and clearing tables. And from my observation, he is clearly overwhelmed.
Even when Dolce Tokyo is nearly empty, the staff seem to be unable to cope. Customers who arrive outside stand around looking lost, as no one will greet and seat them. Eventually, they either seat themselves, or walk away. When they want to order, they have to spend some time trying to catch the attention of the staff again. If they're unable to, some either leave, or go up to the counter to order. If they do catch the attention of the staff, sometimes, what they wish to order from the menu isn't available.
The same problem happens when making payment... The bill takes a long time to arrive. I've only visited Dolce Tokyo twice, but during these visits, I've seen quite a few people (at least 6 groups) walk away due to frustration. Dolce Tokyo might continue losing business unless they streamline and expedite their service processes, or hire more staff.
I absolutely won't recommend anyone to dine at Dolce Tokyo. If for some reason you must dine here however, I suggest considering it as a self-service place. Don't wait for staff to seat you, just walk in and seat yourself. When you've decided what to order, go straight up to the counter to place it, instead of waiting for them to come to you. Finally, don't call for the bill, just go up to the counter to settle it. I find that if you follow these steps, you'll save yourself a lot of frustration. Then again, you could also eat elsewhere.