Opened by Ministry of Food, Dolce Tokyo offers diners Japanese and Italian cuisine in a trendy setting. “Dolce” means “sweet” in Italian, but this cafe is more than a dessert place. A flip through the menu reveals riotous offerings of appetizers, all day breakfasts, burgers, pastas, pizzas, curry rice, desserts, milkshakes and so on.
For something substantial, go for the Grilled Chicken Burger ($13) with mayo sauce. The tender chicken had a nice crisp char on the skin, but because it wasn’t well-marinated, the meat was rather bland. The burger was accompanied with baked beans, fries and chilli dip.
I didn’t enjoy the Battered Fish Fillet ($17), which includes a choice of 2 side dishes (sweet corn, whipped potato, baked potato or thick-cut fries) and salad. Although the batter was well fried, the flesh had a strong fishy taste.
Tossed in a spicy tomato sauce, each mouthful of the Chicken and Asparagus Pasta ($16) was a delightful blast of flavor. The chicken skin had a nice smoky char, but the meat was too tough and dry.
The Aglio Olio with Soft Shell Crab ($17) fared better. While I felt it could do with more garlic, the pasta was pleasantly al dente, with onion slices present for additional flavor and crunch. The soft shell crab was well fried. The crustacean had quite a bit of flesh and the sweetness of the meat could be detected..
I was sorely disappointed with the Red Velvet Cake ($12.50). At this exorbitant price, one would expect an exceptional Red Velvet slice. It was far from that-too dry and paltry portion of crème cheese. Avoid this at all costs!
The Yuzu Panna Cotta ($7.90) on the other hand, was rather decent. The Panna Cotta itself was plain but creamy, with Mandarin Orange slices and Yuzu sauce lending flavour.
I wouldn’t say the food is terrible, but neither is it particularly enticing for a return visit.
200 Victoria Steet
Tel: 6336 4865