313 Somerset just got sweeter with the opening of Japanese-Italian café Dolce Tokyo. And also more Japanese with surrounding shops like Lowry’s Farm and Uniqlo at Level 3 (which look like where I can get my entire wardrode from). But unlike the fashion stores, Dolce Tokyo is a completely new brand and concept, created due to the void of such cafés in town.
While the 56-seater café looks like a shoebox unit, there is actually a small kitchen behind which can prepare a range of mains and sides for a fuller dining experience. I do notice that more customers come here during off-meal times, perhaps not knowing they serve meals such as All-Day Breakfasts and Japanese casual dishes.
I thought that the strength of its kitchen lies more in the Japanese more than the Western items. Go for the Omu Curry Rice ($19) which has Japanese fried rice wrapped in a gooey bright yellow egg, served with a melt-in-your-mouth pork belly skewer and side accompaniments of salad, baby octopus and jellyfish. My afraid-to-get-fat friend was initially unconvinced of the pork belly, till she took a bite and never looked back.
The Hiyashi Chuka ($15) reminds me of the Taiwanese mee sua, and is actually cold somen topped with strips of tamagoyaki egg, sliced cucumber, sliced carrot, ginger, gammon ham and nori. The best part is when the cold goma sesame (and some secret ingredients) sauce is poured around, mixed evenly (like lo hei), and relished. Refreshing and different.
Most of the Japanese tai-tais who come in here are having some dessert of some kind. If you cannot decide between your group, take the Dessert Bento ($18.90) where you can mix and match.
We had the Shiratama with Kantan jelly, Panna Cotta with mixed berries, Abekawa mochi, green tea gelato, and cake of the day – a homemade carrot cake. The most popular item among the girls (the Ninja Girls I meant) was the wobbly Panna Cotta made with real vanilla pods instead of just essence. Look out for the dots on the dessert for its authenticity.
The most Instagram-ed dessert is likely to be Yuzu or Matcha with Goma Black Sesame Cake ($11.50 each), served in bird cage specially brought in from Japan because it is just more elegant.
Some may be hesitant to order any cake at that price. Then I found out it is homemade, produced in small quantities, prepared with Japanese imported yuzu fruits because they are sweeter, and at least big in size. The matcha cake is really fluffy and unique, and I loved the green tea crumble to bits, literally.
As Dolce Tokyo is still new, there could be some service lapses and items on the menu that needs some refinement. Once that is polished up, I am quite certain that we will see more of this name around. As what the Ninja Girls say collectively, the food at Dolce Tokyo is “Oishii!”.
Dolce Tokyo Giveaway!
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Dolce Tokyo Cafe
313 Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #03-23 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT), Tel: +65 6836 5612
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
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