This cafe is all about cheese, cheese, and cheese!
Dolcelatte's new cheese-themed menu is the kind of cheesy everyone would appreciate.
1616 Quezon Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) "Our clientele are mostly professionals and businessmen," Dolcelatte's adorable marketing manager Abi Fernandez shares, "I think it's because our restaurant looks like a hotel lobby."
True enough, their menu reads like a hotel coffee shop's tried-and-tested continental standards—but without the steep mark-up and taxes. Their original Quezon City branch is indeed massive, with function rooms that make it ideal for meetings and intimate celebrations. What started in 2008 as a catering service for the mother company, Coffee Edition Inc., Dolcelatte has become quite the independent and bustling cafe-slash-bakery that serves up five-star quality dishes.
Although their salmon dishes and croughnuts ("We cannot remove [croughnuts] from the menu. Our regulars won't allow us!" Abi exclaims) are what cemented their status as the go-to place for Quezon City's most influential, Abi admits the menu needs an update. It's how they came up with their Cheese Stories, simply because these dishes "never get old."
Dolcelatte at SM Mega Fashion Hall
Imagine digging into a skillet rich with egg and gooey mozzarella first thing in the morning. What a way to start the day. The Baked Spinach and Eggs (P325) and Tomato Baked Eggs (P325) definitely do the job—the former is an indulgent way of serving up greens, while the latter's rich tomato purée reminds you of an eggy deep-dish pizza.
Foie Gras with Apple Chutney
Tomato Baked Eggs
Baked Spinach and Eggs
For those who prefer the real thing, Dolcelatte has the Three Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pizza (P485) to satisfy your cravings. The Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup (P300) takes on a more subtle approach: The mozzarella and truffle cheese are mild with just a whisper of aroma, while the chunky soup is made for dunking, letting the crisp brioche do what it does best.
Three Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pizza
Baked Salmon Steak
Baked Truffle Pasta
For those who can't seem to find a favorite in the promotional cheese menu, the regular menu will have you spoiled for choice. We agree with regulars and think their Baked Salmon Steak (P575) is a delightful and relatively healthy alternative. If "healthy" is not in your vocabulary, then go all out and order the Baked Truffle Pasta (P470)—rich, creamy, and fragrant with truffle oil, you cannot go wrong.
Famous for their bakery, a visit to Dolcelatte must involve a slice of cake or two. In keeping with the promo, you can cut into their Hazelnut Cheesecake (P145/slice, P1,275/whole) if you're a Nutella fan. A lighter option is their wispy Strawberry Shortcake (P315) made for two.
Name your cake
What comes highly recommended (and also a winner in our book) is the Dark Valrhona Crunch (P225/slice, P1,650/whole)—a dense chocolate cake with flavorful chocolate ganache and texturized with imported Belgian cereal. "The secret really lies in that cereal," Abi says.
Coffee in style
If you do fall in love with their cakes, you will be delighted to know that they are planning a Dolcelatte Cake Gallery in the near future. Their food-loving COO Eugene Eugenio has also snatched up ownership of sausage pioneers Treffpunkt with plans of opening a deli on the first quarter of 2016.
So, to the Southerners who might not have not heard of Dolcelatte, now is a good time to get to know this Q.C. mover-and-shaker better. It looks like they have exciting times ahead.
Photos by Hans Fausto