For those who don’t have D.O.C on their kid-friendly radar yet, it’s time to mark it on your Baidu Maps. The second story corner of this Camel Group owned Italian pizzeria has been converted into a kids playzone, so parents can enjoy a drink (or two), while the kids fumble through lego bricks and toys.
What you are looking at is ten square meters of kids playzone, decked out with play mats, soft cushions and a plethora of items to keep the kids busy. Expect a rocking horse, mini circus tent, board game table, Lego blocks and even a toy kitchen for aspiring little chefs. Access is free for those dining in the restaurant.
Rustic and cozy summarize the ambiance at D.O.C. Between the gabled roof and timber floors, a warm glow of hanging lights and rows of sturdy wooden tables are inside this Dongping Lu villa. When the weather concedes, the rooftop patio is also a top spot for a little indulgence.
The afternoon tea menu has simplicity and freshness at heart. Work your way from the bottom: start with the three sandwiches (brioche bruschetta, asparagus and fried egg and smoked salmon ciabatta panini) before progressing to dessert bites a top. While the good old Italian flavors like rum baba and tiramisu hum a chord of sweet nostalgia, it’s the fruity scones that stand out. You can count on Chef David Bassan to have leavened and baked every roll of bread fresh in the house.
Alternatively, pastries like éclaires, bignès and warm croissants are also at the ready. Pair the set or bites of your choice with a selection of hot drinks, mimosa or prosecco.
There are occasions for extravagant afternoon teas inside hotel lobbies, but here it’s really about having an intimate family afternoon in a more relaxed atmosphere. One where both adults are children are guaranteed a great time.
Opt for an afternoon tea set for two RMB188, or select two pastries or desserts RMB55. Includes one serving of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mimosa or Prosecco. See a listing for D.O.C here.