The first Dulce Café was franchised in 1987 in Port Elizabeth and there are now over 60 outlets trading for business in South Africa. The Dulce concept came to Pietermaritzburg a few years ago with the Parklane Spar in Commercial Road selected as a venue.
The café was buzzing when I decided to have lunch there recently and after wolfing down what was probably the best tasting steak roll I have ever had, I can fully understand why this eatery has become so popular with the locals. The Dulce menu is quite simply a winner in every sense of the word. Breakfasts are served all day and with prices ranging from R25.50 for the Early bird option to R60.50 for the Dulce duo (billed as two breakfasts for the price of one) they are certainly affordable.
Toasted and baked treats take the form of a selection of sandwich snackers and tramezzini’s with other options including a variety of omelette’s, wraps, salads, soups, tortilla wraps, burgers, pastas, gourmet sandwiches and pizzas. I don’t think you could really ask for a wider selection, but it was the Dulce signature dishes that really caught my attention.
On the menu here are the Butter chicken curry and rice (R52.50), Chicken spedini’s (R50.50), Dulce steak roll (R59.50), Chicken schnitzel (R59.50), Zorba’s grill (R51.50), La zingera (R52.50), Café grill (R55.50) and a choice of Dulce steaks for R69.50. Faced with such a variety of mouth-watering offerings making a choice wasn’t easy, but I eventually decided on the steak roll, which came with a choice of French fries or potato wedges.
Served with a generous helping of sautéed onions and covered in a rich napolitano and chutney sauce, the steak roll was delicious and I nearly ordered another one it was that good. Dessert took the form of two generous scoops of ice cream for a more than reasonable R17 to complete one very memorable meal.
This Dulce Café certainly is a winner in every sense of the word. I experienced prompt, efficient and friendly service and manager Jennifer was more than happy to answer any questions or queries that I had concerning the menu or the history of the brand in South Africa. I left a very happy man indeed and will be coming back to relive my experience as soon as possible.
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Telephone: +27 (0)33 342 3487
Physical address: 18 Commercial Rd, Pietermaritzburg