My roommate came home after our first week in Los Angeles and told me about this place in Little Tokyo that has bacon donuts. My head was trying to string these facts together – Little Tokyo, Bacon Donut, Coffee place….what? While I’m aware of the trend of adding bacon to all things sweet, I was still boggled by the location and taste. Bacon? On a glazed donut?
So I set out with some old DC friends to find this place. Cafe Dulce is located in the Little Tokyo Japanese Village Plaza~ a traditional Los Angeles cultual landmark that has a number of popular sushi, shabu shabu, and mochi shops. While many of these baked goods may seem familiar to Asian bakeries, which have always combined flavors of mocha, green tea, and custard cream with American and French breads, Cafe Dulce may be a food representation of the Asian American generation. Donuts + Green tea, Roti + Blueberry, and other creations that embody the APA upbringing.
The Rotis~ are glazed baked breads with sweet flavored sugar coatings. Inside the buttery bread, are fillings of a light syrup. Not overtly sweet, the light tastes of mocha and sugar were a great dessert with coffee as well as a great breakfast pastry. This is what I like most of Asian bakeries- enough flavor without being overpowering, non artificial creaminess, and just sweet enough for satisfy a sweet tooth.
The Bacon Glazed Donut- it’s really good. Not too sweet again, great taste of bacon which compliment the glazed donut well. The salty and sweetness combination is like a two in one breakfast meal. Again, it’s more of a delicate bacon donut, without being too sweet, too greasy, or too flavorful to leave that “I feel so gross eating this donut…and now even worse because there’s bacon on it….” thought as you take bites.
In addition to providing original baked goods, the cafe provides great espresso drinks as well as Hong Kong style milk tea and Vietnamese Coffee. Again, the combination of the American and Asian experiences that many of us have grown up with all in one spot.
How can you not be interested in trying a bacon donut or a green tea fried donut?
Cafe Dulce134 Japanese Village Plz
Los Angeles, CA 90012