Address: 239c Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Hours: 7:30am-4pm Mon, 7:30am-5pm Tue-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat, closed Sun
I am literally OBSESSED. I think the owner, Russell Soffer, may think I’m a bit weird. But I am in love with his food. This man and his crew know how to bake.
I sort of found out about Dolcé through some Googling and it had been on my list for a while, so a month or two ago I decided to give this bakery in Obs a try. And it was OKAY I guess. So I went back again. And again. And again. I mean – totally average. Which explains why I have been there about four times in two months.
OH MY SACK. It’s like I am Hansel AND Gretel (because I want all the treats – so I am both of them) and Russell is the witch, and Dolcé is the gingerbread house, and the pizza oven is the oven that Gretel pushes Russell into. I mean the witch. Gretel pushes the WITCH into the oven. Wait… what was I saying?
Let me start at the beginning…
One day I went to Dolcé Bakery and discovered that they do pizza. Like REALLY good pizza. Vegan pizza, with vegan cheese made from cashew nuts, and it’s actually GOOD. Then I went out for lunch more recently and then swung by Dolcé afterwards just to order a pizza for dinner. I was planning ahead! Needless to say, I ate the pizza before dinner. I couldn’t help it – it was calling my name! They have three to choose from:
- Margherita (w/avo) R49
- Garden Variety (peppers, tomatoes, pineapple, olives, mushroom, avo) R69
- Sweet Lilly (caramelised onions, cherry tomatoes, olives, avo) R69
YOU WILL NOT FIND A CHEAPER VEGAN PIZZA IN CAPE TOWN.
They also do a mean Cashew Nut Cheese Bagel with dill & chives for R29.
Then: the reason i am considering rehab: It started with their carrot cake. Then I tried their chocolate peanut butter pie. Then I MAY have had some more chocolate peanut butter pie at one stage too. Recently I swung by and ordered a piece of carrot cake AND some chocolate peanut butter pie. NOT EVEN KIDDING.
VEGAN DESSERTS for EVERYONE!
- Apple Crumble R15
- Carrot & Orange Stacked Cake R25
- Choc & Almond Stacked Cake R25
- Chocolate Cupcakes R15
- Crunchie Biscuits R12
AND vegan fruit smoothies. Order ahead if you want vegan muffins!
Can we all just take a moment to PAUSE and note the PRICES. This is a place that ANYONE can afford to go to and not feel ripped off like a lot of us do when the vegan options are enough to make you sell your grandmother on the black market. I have no idea what dark recesses of my mind I go to when I come up with this crap.
There is place to sit and eat (which I have done before). There is coffee and free wifi (we LOVE free wifi!). They are certified Halaal. AND they are on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – so show the guys working at Dolcé some love! The bakers and co. are LOVELY – the most genuine people ever. Ask anyone about their “Pay it Forward” campaign and ask how you can be involved in their next charity drive.
Not much more to say. I have either been paid a KAK load of money to write this review or I am just totally stoked with what Russell and his crew at Dolcé have to offer. I can assure you – it’s the latter. I know where I am ordering my Christmas treats from!
To end off this review, I am going to plagiarise and quote the final three sentences from Russell’s website:
Dolcé Bakery. No regrets. Just happiness.
(And like a serious addiction. Like rehab kinda stuff.) <— I added that part
P.S. When you go to Dolcé Bakery after reading this review, then whisper to the cashier in a hushed and sinister tone, “I was sent by Cape Town Vegan”. You won’t win a prize or anything, I just think it’s kak funny and that you should do it #weirdo