Dolci Galleria is a cute little dessert store located on Magill Road. The decor is simple and elegant with dark colour tones, a classical wallpapered feature wall, fancy light fittings and contemporary pictures that are also for sale.
The menu is fairly standard for a dessert store. Coffee, hot and cold beverages, a small selection of desserts as well as a selection of sweets at the counter cabinet. There are only 9 main desserts to choose from and the selection is nothing I haven’t seen before if it wasn’t for the inclusion of gourmet ingredients.
As a beverage, I had the Iced Chocolate. It was a decent size, but tastewise, it was nothing mind blowing. The ingredients were pretty much milk, cocoa, chocolate flakes and your standard supermarket vanilla ice cream.
Next up was the Vanilla Ice Cream. The ice cream tasted like Sara Lee French Vanilla and was very smooth and sweet. I felt the salted caramel was purely there for display as there was so little of it. I could hardly taste the saltiness in the caramel. You could pretty much say the same for the pistachio. Not enough to provide any crunchy texture with the ice cream.
Next up was the Creme Brulee. This had a nice caramelised glaze that could be simply broken with a tap of a spoon. The top was sufficiently browned and the appearance was just right. Underneath was a custard that had a thick consistency. It was subtle in sweetness but lacked any depth.
Next up was the Panna Cotta. This was undoubtedly the best dessert and I could have ate this all afternoon. The panna cotta was soft and delicate, and you could see the individual layers as you dug into the cup. The flavours of tea and orange worked in harmony to produce a most wonderful dish.
Next up was the Strawberry Tart. While it was a perfectly executed, it just tasted like any other tart. The tart shell was firm and crumbly, and you could taste a hint of vanilla flavouring inside the cream.
Next up was the Chocolate Brownie. The brownie was moist and decadent, and the macadamia nuts provided a nice crunchy texture. The chocolate icing was silky smooth and provided a sharp yet subtle sweetness.
The last dessert was the Waffle. This was freshly made and probably needed to be eaten first. By the time I had got to this, it was cold and hardened. The dark chocolate provided a subtle sweetness while the almond flakes added a crunchy texture. Had it been eaten first, the experience would have been better.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the service was pretty good. The atmosphere was relaxed and the pricing is on par with other specialist dessert places. The highlight was the Panna Cotta, but everything else was just your well executed standard desserts.
WHERE: 125 Magill Rd, Stepney