putney's family affair -
the heart of putney village is dolcini cafe, offering its locals consistently delicious coffee at the hands of the putney born-and-bred guardala brothers.
denise, their mother, bakes moreish, home-made, gluten-free almond biscotti that are seen in many of sydney's other leading cafes.
dolcini's other must-haves are their daily-baked nutella muffins, famous italian scrambled eggs and cafe freddo ice ...read more
This a terrific family-run business, and it has been going for a good many years, quite possibly a decade now, and it's still tops. The drinks are really creative, hot chocolates, and fancy milk drinks which the kids love. The biscotti is made on site, by the owners' mother, it is famous around this part of town. Service is always warm, and they know a lot of the locals by first name. Super early opening time means you can grab a coffee if you're heading out to the Blue Mountains for example very early. Love it.
time for another update. took my girlfriend to dolcini for brekky for her 30th, the other day. booked an outdoor table in the sun. ok, no sun (until a little later), so it was a little cool; but at least it ostensibly avoided the blaring radio. play music, sure. but who needs to hear ads, while in a cafe? (and I'm in advertising.) ordered eggs florentine with smoked salmon; benedict, with double-smoked ham. in both cases, the eggs were delicately poached: perfectly formed, snowy-white and cherubic, oozing rich, orange-yellow yolks. the almon should've been warmed over slightly, but was high-quality and sat flat, on top of excellent seven-seed sourdough. presentation was excellent. mind you, if you specify doubt-smoked ham on the menu, it's not ok to execute with bacon, no matter how lean. not without checking, anyway. this quibble aside, it was all very fine. service was very good, for the most part, too. guava & mint and apple, lemon and mint juices were good,read more
It's high time I updated the record of my experience here. At the invitation of the big boys who own and run the joint, my partner and I returned to re-evaluate. On that occasion (a while ago, and too long to remember precisely what we consumed), staff were much more responsive and attentive (though there's still room for improvement) and the big breakfast I recall I had was truly excellent: well-presented, generous, well-cooked. Coffee redeemed itself too. Keep this up and I'll be one happy chappy. This coming Monday, I plan to return for an informal business meeting, so I hope the quality of my last visit is replicated.
At least 3 times a week I travel all the way from South-East just to satisfy my tastebuds at Dolcini, the service and menu have now given me an addiction. Coffee made to perfection and an atmosphere that keeps me there for hours (you dont ever want to leave) Dolcini is sure in my top 4 in Sydney. x
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Atmosphere? It's NOISY! You might as well stand on George Street, outside the Queen Vic, listen to the music of Sydney Buses, be jostled by passers-by and breathe in the fumes. I can believe the Dolcini fanclub so rudely discounts and dismisses others' alternative experiences, so I'm joining the fray and melee. The fact is, my coffee has been consistently cold and characterless; the service offhand and lax. How I wish it were different, since I don't come from the southeast (where is that, NZ?!), but from just up the road. It's so convenient! I'd much rather be able to report positively. For Dolcini's sake. And mine.