Dolce Tokyo @ 313 Somerset

A new japanese-italian cafe, Dolce Tokyo, has just opened in 313 Somerset recently. The cafe is owned by the Ministry of Food group of F&B outlets, headed by young female entrepreneur, Lena Sim.

Dolce Tokyo cafe
Dolce Tokyo cafe

“Dolce” means “sweet” in italian. The cafe serves a variety of japanese desserts from Mitsu Mama (jelly cubes), Kakigori (shaved ice), Zenzai (red bean dessert) and many more.

Rachel and I had the privilege to dine at Dolce Tokyo a week ago, together with Lena  herself.

Lena (lady in black) sharing with us on her concept for Dolce Tokyo
Lena (lady in black) sharing with us on her concept for Dolce Tokyo

It is interesting to note that the cafe’s dessert menu is thicker than their main course menu. For this reason, the cafe enjoys very good business outside of lunch and dinner timing.

Although main courses are not their emphasis, Dolce Tokyo still offer a pretty good variety:

Mixed Crostini - grilled bread topped with Tomato Concasse, Chilled Shrimps, Salmon Roe, Tamagoyaki Egg, and Smoked Salmon (S$18)
Mixed Crostini – grilled bread topped with Tomato Concasse, Chilled Shrimps, Salmon Roe, Tamagoyaki Egg, and Smoked Salmon (S$18)
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedicts (S$22) - Poached eggs, cheese, smoked salmon on toasted bread drizzled with Hollandaise sauce with chips and side salad
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedicts (S$22) – Poached eggs, cheese, smoked salmon on toasted bread drizzled with Hollandaise sauce with chips and side salad
Hyashi Chuka (S$17) - Cold noodles with strips of Tamagoyaki egg, sliced cucumber, sliced carrot, ginger, Gammon ham and nori served with somen
Hyashi Chuka (S$17) – Cold noodles with strips of Tamagoyaki egg, sliced cucumber, sliced carrot, ginger, Gammon ham and nori served with somen
Pouring the dressing into the noodle
Pouring the dressing into the noodle
This is the final look. The dish tastes like Chinese Dan Dan noodles (担面) to me, but with a zesty japanese twist, featuring ingredients like nori and tamagoyaki egg.
This is the final look. The dish tastes like Chinese Dan Dan noodles (担面) to me, but with a zesty japanese twist, featuring ingredients like nori and tamagoyaki egg.
My son, Asher, enjoying the cold noodle
My son, Asher, enjoying the cold noodle
Omu Curry Rice with Skewer (S$19) - Carrots, potatoes stewed in japanese curry, served with rice, daily side accompaniment and choice of skewer
Omu Curry Rice with Skewer (S$19) – Carrots, potatoes stewed in japanese curry, served with rice, daily side accompaniment and choice of skewer
Teriyaki pork belly skewer and three sides in the background
Teriyaki pork belly skewer and three sides in the background
Ebi Toji (S$12) - Shrimps, cherry tomato, wolfberries, egg toji sauce and spring onion
Ebi Toji (S$12) – Shrimps, cherry tomato, wolfberries, egg toji sauce and spring onion
Unagi hot stone rice
Unagi hot stone rice

According to the owner, more dishes will be added in their main course menu once the cafe’s traffic flow stabilises. For now, dessert is still their main focus and they are already attracting many fans.

Look at some of their dessert selection below and you will understand why:

Cake in a bird cage
Cake in a bird cage
Japanese Yuzu Cake
Japanese Yuzu Cake
Japanese green tea with goma sesame cake
Japanese green tea with goma sesame cake
Yuzu Kakigori (S$9) - Imported japanese yuzu sauce on crushed ice, kanten jelly, konnyaku jelly, wolfberries and white fungus topped with Hokkaido red bean and vanilla soft serve
Yuzu Kakigori (S$9) – Imported japanese yuzu sauce on crushed ice, kanten jelly, konnyaku jelly, wolfberries and white fungus topped with Hokkaido red bean and vanilla soft serve
Home-made ice lemon tea (S$5.50)
Home-made ice lemon tea (S$5.50)
Dolce Tokyo's signature Dessert Bento
Dolce Tokyo’s signature Dessert Bento

A recommended order is their signature Dessert Bento (S$18.90) which comes in a combination of desserts in tasting portions. It is ideal for sharing between 3 to 4 pax or if you have a sweet tooth, you can finish it alone.

I enjoyed their japanese-style cakes which are light, fluffy in texture and most important of all – not overly sweet. The cakes are presented in quaint japanese bird cages when served. Lena said she had to specially import the bird cages from Japan as the ones in Singapore are not suitable.

The cakes at Dolce Tokyo are baked and sold on the same day, with no preservatives added, using only the freshest ingredient. The prices may seem a little steep at S$10+ per slice, but you are paying for quality. Rachel and I particularly like their Yuzu cake, made with fresh japanese yuzu.

If you are interested to visit, here are the cafe’s details:

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #03-23 Somerset
Tel: 68365612
Email: samdy@ministryoffood.com.sg
Operating Hours:
Mon – Thu: 11:30 – 22:00
Sun & PH: 11:30 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 11:30 – 23:00
Eve of PH: 11:30 – 23:00

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