Dulcinea Chocolate Cafe
1118 Denman, Vancouver, BC
After my favorite chocolate cafe, Koko, closed it’s doors earlier this year – I was heartbroken. To my relief, it finally reopened on October 1st. Well, not exactly – it’s still a chocolate cafe – but the new place has different owners, a different theme, and a different name: The Dulcinea. I no longer have access to Koko’s amazing premier chocolates, but something good has taken its place. This new chocolate cafe has a strong Spanish streak running through it and staff that know what they’re doing when it comes to chocolate.
The Dulcinea offers a variety of desserts, espressos, spanish chocolate drinks and a selection of tapas. The prices at first glance may seem a little steep – but are actually reasonable considering the excellent quality of their offerings.
The dessert menu includes a variety of chocolate cheesecake desserts, flan, cookies, biscotti, breads, and fondues for $2-6. Beware – these desserts are VERY RICH which makes them ideal for sharing (though you won’t want to) – do your waistline a favor by resisting the urge to stab your companions with your fork if they veer towards your plate.
The espresso options are pretty standard from $1.70 for the teeniest coffee ever to $5 for a 16oz mocha. Dulcinea really shines in the spanish coffee area. For around $4 you can have happiness in a cup – a direct result of the real spanish chocolate that is melted down and blended into every drink; making the beverages smooth, rich, and 100% deeeelightful. Options on the spanish coffee menu include: banana with cream and caramel, amaretto paired with cloves and vanilla, or orange with espresso and cream. But, PLEASE do yourself a favor and order the scrumptious Chocolate Chai which comes topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It is to die for – even when it is accidentally served at 130 degrees (not exactly a crowd pleaser).
The tapas on the menu include: sopa, beef empanadas, ham patel, chorizo, omlettes, sandwiches, and a variety of meat and cheese platters. (All of which have undetermined prices, thus far – which is acceptable given the shop’s only been open for 6 days.)
The service is quick and uber-polite. The staff is trying real hard to iron out the little unexpected problems with a new business. The kids running the place and the Spanish flair certainly cement Dulcinea’s early reputation already making them more lively than surrounding shops. Hopefully they’ll flourish.
I’ll always mourn the loss of Koko’s mochas and brownies – but Dulcinea will definitely cushion the blow.
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Cake – Fashion nugget
An amazing album that is silly fun from beginning to end. The songs range through country, funk, lounge, and classic rock. Plus, there are trumpets! Man, fashion nugget’s got it all.
NoFX – Punk in Drublic
Whether you take it seriously or not this album is amazing. It’s filled with both talent and hilarity. For some reason I just can’t get enough of NoFX’s inter-scene snide remarks and slides.
Both these albums are good fun – so’s eating excellent quality chocolate.