HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY SINGAPORE!!! #SG50 And to many more great years to come! 😀
Had lunch with the family a while back on a Sunday afternoon at the Department of Caffeine, a cafe located at Duxton Road. We drove down, and there were quite a lot of parking lots available even on a weekend. If you’re not driving down, the nearest bus stop is the one opposite Fairfield Methodist Church, where buses 80 and 145 stop.
The row of shophouses that D.o.C is housed in. They’re right at the end of this row, and occupy quite a small shop space.
As you can see, the cafe isn’t very spacious, nor is it able to accommodate large groups of people. Thus, it is very important to make a reservation a few days before, so that you won’t have to queue/wait too long to be seated! 🙂
The lighting within the cafe is not very bright either, but it does make it feel cosy! Although that means that its a bit more challenging to instagram nice photos . 😉
They have a single-page menu, and some items differ on the weekend. An example would be the lobster club (served on weekends) vs the lobster roll (served on weekdays).
They have a dessert section at the counter, but we didn’t order any cakes/brownies on our visit that day.
Once you’re ready to order, head over to the counter, where you place your order and pay. They do not levy a service charge, although GST is added on to the final bill.
The iced chocolate (S$7+) comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which made the drink taste much better. In my opinion, it was ok, and not really worth the price paid. Togather cafe’s iced choc is much better!
The french vanilla caffe latte (S$5.50+) is basically a caffe latte with a shot of french vanilla. It’s ok, and I felt that the sweet vanilla flavor helped balance the acidic taste of the coffee beans used.
The caffe mocha (S$5.50+) wasn’t really good though IMO. The chocolate taste was rather weak, and seemed to be overwhelmed by the bitter coffee base. It failed to find the perfect balance between chocolate and coffee for me.
The lemongrass & jasmine tea (S$7+) was ok, and had a very light flavor to it. It was a bit too light for my liking though, and I thought it was a tad expensive for the quality.
The roast wagyu beef sandwich (S$19.50) was average IMO. The wagyu beef was not really tender and it is true that you really pay for quality. This was a far cry from the wagyu I had in Japan..
The piggy & eggs (S$19.50+) was ok too, and wasn’t particularly rave-worthy. The sausage was nice, but then again it isn’t very difficult to buy gourmet sausages from the supermarket and cook them. :p The pulled pork was not of the best quality though sadly.
The D.O.C breakfast (S$19+) was a standard breakfast set you could probably find anywhere, and it was solid, if unspectacular. Nothing particularly great, but nothing bad either.
The lobster club (S$21.50+) was rather disappointing for its price. Anyway the above pic doesn’t show the fries that come with it, which outshined the lobster itself lol. The egg and bacon were good, but the lobster (the supposed highlight) was a low.. The lobster meat wasn’t fresh at all, and very few pieces were given. I think only 5-6 small pieces of lobster meat were given. I would gladly pay 2x of the price for London’s Burger and Lobster (£20), and get more than double the amount of lobster meat (which would be fresh too btw).
We ended off with the chocolate waffles with rum (S$22+), which was pretty expensive now that I think about it. The waffles were pretty good though I’ve gotta admit, although yeah it is overpriced. Overall it was pretty tasty, although I would go for Montana Brew Bar’s waffles over this (you could get two for the price of this one, and they would taste equally good, if not better).
Thankfully this place doesn’t charge service charge, cos it is already rather overpriced for the quality of food being served. I do think that this cafe is kinda over-hyped. It definitely isn’t the best value-for-money cafe around, and I’m not just saying that because it is expensive. Just look at Five & Dime, which is expensive as well, but I’d say that I find it more satisfying to spend money there than here. Good to try once I guess, but I won’t be going back anytime soon.
Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481 (Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar)
10.30am-7pm (Mon – Fri, *closed on Wed) and 9.30am-7pm (Sat & Sun)
Check out their website here.