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Dolce Delights Cafe

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Published February 23rd 2013
Cheap but delightful breakfast and snacks
With a large elderly population, Bentleigh isn't renowned for being a particularly lively place, least not on a Sunday. Finding somewhere on Centre Road to grab brunch on a Sunday morning was difficult- the few cafes that were open were densely packed or were less than appetising. Yet on the other side of the train tracks, at the tail end of the main shopping strip, is a small Italian cafe serving simple but addictive light meals and snacks. Dolce Delights is easily overlooked and none too impressive from the outside, but after trying their breakfast I can say that they're definitely worth going to.

Dolce' means 'sweets' in Italian, and with that in mind they had a huge selection of cakes and muffins for such a tiny cafe. However, it would be a little difficult to stomach such rich looking sweets in the morning.

I ordered the breakfast bruschetta with poached eggs. Diced avocado and tomato with a hint of lemon; the bruschetta was zesty and refreshing. The poached eggs had a light sprinkling of dill, setting them apart from your pedestrian cafe poached eggs. Served with two slices of wholegrain toast, the breakfast bruschetta was a more than satisfying meal without being too heavy. I also ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice, which was perfect and not too small either.

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Breakfast bruschetta from Dolce Delights. $11.50


Bentleigh's cafes tend to be reasonably cheap; Dolce Delights was no exception. Two light meals, a coffee and an orange juice came to barely over $20.

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Dolce Delights was cheap, but you wouldn't know it from the quality.


The chef clearly takes pride in his work and it shows in the food; fresh and lovingly made. Service was friendly and fast.

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Dolce Delights isn't particularly noticeable from the outside, but they're worth a second take.


It is only a shame that Dolce Delights is located where few except locals will venture, particularly as it is still open when many of the shops around it are closed. However, with their impeccable service and unbeatably delicious breakfast, Dolce Delights is well worth straying from the main shops for.
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Why? One of the best cafe breakfasts you'll find in Melbourne, at surprisingly low prices.
When: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, 9:00am - 3:00pm Sunday.
Phone: 9557 7782
Where: Shop 2, 332-338 Centre Road, Bentleigh.
Cost: About $7 - $12 for a breakfast meal.
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