Dolcelatte Cafe and Gourmet Bakeshop is an unassuming restaurant along Quezon Ave., sandwiched between the big C&E Publishing building and always busy Hi-Top supermarket. It’s a nice place to buy baked good like croughnuts, breads, cookies and cakes. The place is quiet and very spacious with a bit of artistry in the interior, I just have a thing with their weird circular couches/chairs. I’ve been to Dolcelatte a few times already and was always satisfied with my experience. This time around, we were invited to check out new dishes on the menu.
While waiting for our food, a complimentary basket of bread with butter and balsamic vinegar was served. They bake their own breads so it was nice and fresh, I got a small piece since I was saving room for the food.
We started with a Watermelon Salad (P296). Assorted greens with yellow and red watermelons, grilled chicken fillet, pine nuts, feta cheese and drizzle with an apple citrus vinaigrette. Fresh and summery with a sweet and tarty flavor. I just wish they removed the seeds from the watermelon, I hate those.
Next up was the Foie Gras with Apple Cranberry Chutney (P325). I like foie gras but don’t really actively seek it out. The way they serve it at Dolcelatte is to accompany it with arugula, apple cranberry chutney and crostini. Get a crositni and put a leaf of arugula, a slice of foie gras and a dab of the chutney. The peppery arugula and sweet chutney combine to cut the cloying factor of the foie gras.
The Creamy Shrimp Asparagus (P430) is a new addition to their menu. Fettuccine tossed in a light cheese sauce with shrimps, cherry tomatoes and asparagus spears. The cheese sauce was creamy yet not too heavy with crisp shrimp and asparagus. The cherry tomatoes played a nice sweet counter to the cream sauce.
The Creamy Pesto Crevette (P425) is not new on the menu but it still is a nice option. This one is another cream based pasta but has pesto and wine mixed in. Chopped tiger prawn pieces give it a succulent sweetness. This one is heavier but has stronger flavor than the previous pasta.
For meat lovers, the classic Fillet Minion (P673) should be a nice option. Grilled beef medallions wrapped in bacon with couscous stuffed tomatoes on the side.
The Pan Roasted Chicken in Red Wine Sauce (P415) was my favorite dish of the day. The roasted chicken thigh fillet is boneless with a delightful red wine reduction sauce. Creamy alfredo pasta on the side play the requisite carb part, while the three cherry tomatoes stand guard.
The Chicken Portobello with Foie Gras Burger (P476) was a nice deal, containing the same size foie gras as the one above. There’s a layers of lettuce, tomatoes, chicken fillet and portobello mushroom and crowned by the seared foie gras. A yin/yang sandwich with indulgent and healthy fillings balancing each other out. This burger is just right for 1 person, french fries on the side to make sure you’re filled up.
We were way too stuffed to even have dessert but we did bring home some croughnuts, watch out for that next.
For such a quiet and unassuming place, Dolcelatte Cafe and Gourmet Bakeshop, serves good food in cozy surroundings. It is a great option to avoid the crowds in the QC area, plus you get to take home baked goodies like croughnuts.
Dolcelatte Cafe and Gourmet Bakeshop1616 Quezon Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City Telephone No.: (02) 332-3407 Operating Hours: Monday to Friday – 9:00AM to 10:00PM
Saturday and Sunday – 10:30AM to 8:00PM
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