Dong Po Colonial Café is a new old café. It opened a few months ago in the pretty happening Kandahar area. Maison Ikkoku and Tuckshop & Sundry Supplies are along the same road, but Dong Po, with its retro fittings and old-time pastries, probably fits in better with the Rich & Good Cake Shop (also on Kandahar; good Swiss rolls but you must be prepared to endure some nasty attitude).
We’re happy to report that Dong Po sits well with us, and we’re pleased that this new nostalgia doesn’t come too pricey either. Various breakfast sets are available. We took the one that comes with a selection of 2 pastries ($4.2) and the bostock set ($3.5). Dong Po offers a wide range of home-baked goods made from recipes the owner/baker inherited from his grandfather; there are cream cakes (the kind you see in old-school bakeries), almond fingers, butterfly cupcakes, chocolate tarts… We spotted something called the Optical Case and another named the 3-Hole Cookie, whose monikers no doubt were derived from their appearance. We tried the latter and it was good!
That was the Long Cake being dunked in coffee. I have a feeling that the other one enjoyed this too much, though I took a pretty big bite out of this one myself.
The Bostock warranted some Googling: a brioche roll “soaked in an almond simple syrup and spread generously with frangipani almond cream” (source). Nods of approval all around. Order this!
Dong Po Colonial Café / Facebook
56 Kandahar Road
Street parking available; cash only
Tue – Thu: 8am – 9pm
Fri: 8am – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 9pm