D.O.C. Espresso is part of the D.O.C. group, which has restaurants in a number of locations. Because it is a bit more commercialised it doesn’t have the same atmosphere as some of the more “family-owned” style restaurants on Lygon Street, so we probably wouldn’t come here for dinner. However, are also open for breakfast, lunch every day. They have a range of options on their menu including breakfast dishes, focaccias, piadine, pasta, salads and snacks.
Ani ~ I ordered the traditional lasagne with meat sauce and bechamel. When the dish arrived I was so excited (because I love lasagne) that I forgot to take a photo of it for the blog! But it doesn’t matter too much since it just looked like normal lasagne. It was pretty tasty, with a good balance between meat and bechamel, but it wasn’t amazing enough for me to justify the $18 price. You can easily find lasagne of a similar quality at a much lower price elsewhere (i.e. not on Lygon St).
Our friend said that this spaghetti tasted a bit average, and that her mum makes it better.
Wendy ~ After seeing the extremely appetising display focaccias and piadine, I decided to order the Dan Daniele piadina as D.O.C specialises in prosciutto. The dish essentially turned out to be a big gourmet ham and cheese quesadilla-esque wrap. It was a bit too salty for my palate and left me feeling disappointed.
The other piadina was similar to the first but with mushrooms as the main feature, so the flavours weren’t as strong.
Verdict: The food was ok, but nothing special. The prices are pretty normal for Lygon Street.
Location: 326 Lygon St, Carlton. Their website is here.