Restaurant: Dahlia Bakery
Last visited: April 30, 2011
Location: Seattle, WA (Belltown)
Address: 2001 4th Ave
Price Range: $10 0r less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Food: n/a, didn’t try enough
- Famous for coconut cream pie
- Specializes in baked goods/desserts
- Local favourite
- Popular to tourists
- Fresh baked daily
- Artisan breads
- Classic & gourmet pastries & cakes
- Hand made ice creams
- Offers breakfast/lunch sandwiches
- No seating
- Take out only
- Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 6pm
- Sat: 9am – 6pm
- Sun: 9am – 4pm
**Recommendations: Tom’s Famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie
Dahlia Bakery is a famous bakery in Seattle that’s popular for locals and tourists. Opened by world renowned chef, Thomas Douglas, Dahlia Bakery is only one of the four restaurants he owns within that block.
It’s a tiny little bakery offering breakfast and lunch, but it’s most known for their artisan breads, pastries, desserts, and cakes which are all made in small batches. Oh! And I can’t forget the reason for coming, it’s definitely for Tom’s Famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie.
Actually the pie wasn’t really the main reason for coming. The visit to Dahlia Bakery was not originally on the itinerary, but it was a convenient detour on the way back to the car. I am so happy to have made the detour!
Although I only tried two things, it’s one of those places where you just know that the potential for everything is probably near perfect. Everything looked amazing and it was like the rustic American country version of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery – see my visit here. Thomas Douglas, Thomas Keller, Thomas Haas… there’s something with the name that’s synonymous with extraordinary desserts… and it shall be the name of my first born child!
Dahlia Bakery serves all American, old fashioned, yet highly presentable baked goods and desserts. It all looked very promising. It’s quaint atmosphere gives the feeling of time and care being put into each baked good. It’s one of those places where I know I’ll have to revisit just to try their gourmet sandwiches made with their freshly house baked bread.
Of course I also wouldn’t leave without trying their Candied Apple Scone, Banana Split Cake or Granny Smith Apple Dumpling too! Dahlia Bakery seems like the definition of good things come in small packages… and to those who wait! And honestly I can barely wait!
On the table:
- coco pie bite (serves 1) $2.50
- slice of pie $5.95, baby pie (serves 2-4) $19, 9 inch big pie (serves 6-8) 5 dollar plate deposit $35
- I had the coco pie bite, and it was one bite of freaking delicious! I also really love coconut anything in general.
- It was topped with a mound of whipped cream which I found was too much even considering it’s a coconut cream pie.
- I just found the cream a bit overwhelming and I wanted to taste more of the coconut cream pastry.
- It wasn’t too sweet, but it was still quite rich and indulgent.
- It was a thin flaky coconut pie crust, rich creamy coconut custard, lightly sweetened yet thick whipped cream, with crunchy toasted fresh coconut flakes on top.
- It had great texture and crunch, but I still wanted more coconut pastry cream and less whipped cream for more balance in flavour and texture. I could have had more toasted coconut on top too.
- I could definitely taste coconut throughout and there was about a 2:1 ratio of cream to everything else.
- The crust was very tender, yet crunchy, incredibly nutty and made with lots of toasted coconut for a full flavour.
- The whipped cream was very fresh, and although light and airy, it was still quite dense for a whipped cream. I do wish it had some vanilla, almond or coconut flavour, but it was just plain and lacked flavour.
- I would definitely recommend this to any coconut lover.
- For what it was it was probably a 5/6, but my level of enjoyment for it was a 4/6 even though I really love figs. There’s really nothing wrong with this one though.
- It’s a gourmet home made fig bar and the puree is soft and creamy and incredibly moist.
- It’s made from dried figs, but it’s very fresh.
- It’s not a chewy fig bar, but the crust is almost like a dry crumbly buttery shortbread cookie. It’s not overwhelmingly buttery, tender or very sweet though.
- It’s generously filled with creamy melt in your mouth smooth fig puree that’s nicely sweetened and almost like a jam.
- The crust was much denser than the filling and I would have preferred it a bit chewy, but it was still very good.