A sweet find in the middle of tranquil Dural.
After passing by the Dolcettini kiosk in Castle Towers, I was excited to visit the patisserie in Dural. There were already people sitting inside and outside enjoying their coffees and pastries. I walked in and was greeted by a smile. The specials menu was posted with large letters on the wall and I sat down next to the impressive display of desserts which made my mouth drool. I already knew what I wanted for brunch after having stalked their Instagram: the croissant with a crumb-coated egg. You have the option of ordering a dish or a pastry – or you can just skip food and go straight for cake and coffee.
The coffee was good and came out quickly with a friendly server. The food came out shortly after and it looked better than I imagined. The croissant was buttery and flaky, the egg was hard-boiled and seasoned perfectly, and paired with roast pumpkin and feta cheese. All these flavours combined created a sensational symphony in my mouth and I enjoyed every single bite.
We tried out a variety of cakes and each one had their unique aesthetic, texture, and flavours. My favourite was the blueberry tart which had the biggest blueberries I had ever seen! Each element was carefully prepared, and the flavours were balanced so that most of the desserts were not overly sweet.
Francesco, the owner of Dolcettini, is passionate about his food, his dishes, and the ingredients he sources. He prided in the fact that he used produce from the local farms, including his aunt’s, and if he had to, importing only the best ingredients. His philosophy is that he would not serve his customers anything he would not serve his own family. I could see his love, passion, and pride in his food in our short interview.
Pros and Cons
Dolcettini is worth travelling for and I am already planning to return with three different friends. However, if Dural is a bit too far you can also visit their kiosk in Castle Towers which serves the same desserts and Francesco ensured me that they were of the same quality. Street parking is convenient and there is ample seating but as the patisserie was in a refurbished warehouse, it got very noisy and echoey, so it would be difficult to have quiet conversations. However, there is also seating outside, albeit limited, so you can enjoy the sunshine, the opposite field housing farm animals, and an intimate conversation.
I had a lovely time at Dolcettini and wasted no time in recommending it to my friends. The service was lovely and friendly, and the food and desserts were spectacular. I’m excited to return and try more of their breakfast options and desserts.
Image source from Dolcettini Instagram
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Address: 10/829 Old Northern Rd, Dural NSW, 2158
Phone: (02)9653 9610
Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Saturday | 7am-3pm
Sunday | 8am-3pm