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Published May 29th 2016
Very decadent cakes and open late on weekends
Dolci Galleria is a patisserie and café with cakes and cookies and all things sweet baked on the premises. The café serves a selection of hot and cold coffee, teas and some breakfast selections. It is located near the corner of Magill Road and Osmond Terrace between Norwood and St Peters.
Course 1 of the High Tea at Dolci Galleria. A selection of small cakes with icecream and salted caramel sauce. Image by Out and About
I drive along Magill Road often but have not noticed this café even though it has been here two years. So on the day of my visit to meet with friends I drove by very slowly, yet still did not see it from the road. Perhaps it needs signage to attract passersby. There is not much parking on the high traffic area of Magill Road and furthermore it is not too safe, so best to park on a side street.
Tea for two- hot beverage selections here are a pot of black tea and a mug of chai latte. Image by Out and About
The pastry cook owner welcomed us and showed us to a table. Some tables have a wooden bench seat on the wall and chairs on the other side of the table. I find these set ups in eating establishments not too comfortable and the person opposite you is at a different level. As I sat there I wished I was seated nearer the window so I could see the world whizzing by. However, most of the window is blocked by the counter area and cake displays.
Second course for the high tea was s a chocolate fondue with cake and fruits for dipping. Image by Out and About.
The room is decorated in modern monotone décor, which as I sat there and gazed around while my friends were chatting, left me feeling a little cold. Some splashes of red or pink would warm it up a little. If some soft furnishings were added such as a large squishy sofa area and some cushions with a coffee table, this would suit the space and look inviting. But the café is spotlessly clean and adequate. There is ample room for groups of six or eight here as some tables could be moved and put together.
The gluten free platter served for the high tea at dolci galleria. Included was a superb creme caramel with toffee crackled top. Image by Out and About
Having purchased a coupon for a high tea I was excited to come here as gluten free alternatives could be provided. Those on a GF diet usually miss out on a decadent high tea. The high tea consisted of two courses. The first was a selection of cakes with our choice of hot drink. The small cakes were all delicate and delicious.
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My plate with the gluten free selection was not entirely gluten free however. There was a small ice-cream scoop which I was told was not gluten free, but that brand of ice-cream would be changed soon. At the second course of a chocolate fondue it arrived without a candle to keep it warm and a selection of small pieces of cut up cake and some cut fruits.
The menu for breakfast or morning tea selections. Image by Out and About.
Once again, as my plate came it was pointed out to me that the marshmallows are not GF which I knew, and once again wondered why this was served for a GF order. The high tea didn't come with any savoury selections, and although it was a passable high tea, we all agreed it was all far too sweet. Perhaps those on a GF diet would need to check regarding their requirements.
One of the decadent dolci in the cakes cabinet at counter. Image by Out and About
As a gluten free diner the menu was somewhat limited to my needs, but I do think the cafe has merit and is worth a visit. My non GF friends enjoyed the outing and high tea and said they would come here again. The service was attentive and polite and the high tea experience with my group was a good one.
Gleaning at the delicately handmade pastries and cakes in the cabinet, I feel we would have been better off discovering the real gems of Dolci Galleria by ordering from the menu and what looked appealing in the dolci (cake in Italian) display. There are numerous competing businesses in this region and I feel this café needs to lift its game and look for ways to do something a little different. It has the potential to do this, because this girl can bake. What is needed is some marketing and business savvy.
Other items for sale include small packets of Italian style biscuits and caramel sauce, which would make great take away gifts. Image by Out and About