Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Department of Caffeine @ Duxton Road


In recent time, it seems like Singapore is gradually turning into a little Melbourne with new cafes opening in every corners of Singapore. Among these wave of new coffee culture in Singapore, Department of Caffeine (DOC) has gained a group of followers and fan base with the coffee and food. The cafe located at the start of Duxton Road occupying a corner unit was rather unnoticeable. If not that I have known the address beforehand I would have missed it.


The peaceful stretch of Duxton Road was quickly interrupted by the buzzing activities inside the cafe where I pushed open the entry. It was taken back by the vibe inside the cafe that is packed to the brim. It was like stepping into another world.

Lavendar & Honey Teacake 2/5

The coffee at Department of Caffeine uses coffee beans from Five Senses. I had the Latte ($5) which I did not enjoy. While the coffee is rich and strong, I wanted more milk for my latte which was definitely missing. The Lavendar & Honey Teacake ($5) was a turn off with the dry texture. The overly perfumed lavendar flavour of the cake made it tasted artificial.

Buttermilk Waffles 2.5/5

I also tried the Buttermilk Waffles ($13.50) that was topped with butter rum banana and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While the waffle was thick and fluffy, it was limp and not crispy. It felt that the waffle had sat for too long after it had been made.


During my visit, all the eggs item on the menu was crossed out. My friend checked and the waiter replied that they have run out of eggs. I would have love to try the brunch items and have a more complete review of the hype of this place. Maybe I should drop by the cafe another time when I am in the vicinity.

Department of Caffeine
15 Duxton Road
Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 62233426
Nearest MRT: Outram (EW Line, NE Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1030am - 730pm

1) Alight at Outram MRT station. Take Exit H. Walk straight along New Bridge Road to Kreta Ayer Road. Turn right onto Kreta Ayer Road and walk to the end. Cross the road and turn left on Neil Road. From Neil Road walk to Duxton Road. Journey time about 23 minutes.

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Orchid Hotel. At Orchid Hotel turn right onto Tanjong Pagar Road. Cross the road to the opposite side of Tanjong Pagar Road. Walk along Tanjong Pagar Road to Duxton Hill. Turn left onto Duxton Hill and then turn right on Duxton Road. Journey time about 23 mins.


  1. my friend just wrote a review for me too. Like you, the items ran out. How come the items always run out one?

    1. Well looks like they need to get someone that can run the logistic side of the operations.

  2. They ran out of eggs! Ok now i believe eggs are overpriced AND overrated. LOL

    1. Ya i can't believe a restaurant can be out of eggs.

  3. I too thought I was munching on a spa candle when I had the Lavender cake!

    1. Oh so you have exactly the same experience...too bad look nice but taste bad.

  4. reading this review and some of the subsequent comments really made me lose faith in humanity. Not only are your reviews scathingly simple, so is the writer.

    "While the coffee is RICH and STRONG". Wow, what a totally bland description of coffee. Fantastic. You take it one step further by complaining about a latte having not enough milk? I'm sorry what? If you were even close to remotely being a "coffee enthusiast", wait, not even that. A "coffee drinker", you would like most others think that the latte is has too much milk. It IS an 8 ounce glass mind you, if you had enough coffee you would know. Well, what can one expect from someone who doesn't like the coffee because there wasn't enough milk? What a crock of rubbish, just utter rubbish.

    The first time i went there on a weekend, was at 4 pm. It was packed and most of items were already sold out. What does this imply? It means that the place is popular enough that most of their main dishes actually "sell out".

    It also means that you don't go to a cafe at 4pm expecting them to have unlimited supplies of food. Which is why the next time i went, it was at 1030. The F&B industry is killer in Singapore, if you prepare to much food youre just throwing it away when you don't sell it. Goes to show how much you know about the runnings of things in the industry.

    Oh right, the place is a CAFE.

    NOT a bloody RESTAURANT. You dont see dishes priced more than $20 and its almost as if you're complaining that you're not getting Michelin Star quality food.

    Expect to hear from me more often as I source out more idiotic "food bloggers" like you and share your ignorance for all to see.

    1. Welcome to do so Mr Anonymous behind the keyboard.

  5. I forgot, you probably won't have the the cahones to publish that comment after you've realized that it makes you look like an ignorant fool. But I'll enjoy knowing that all in all, you are a fool.

  6. well, they run out of eggs. so did dong po colonial café which ran out of bread. So I perfectly understand your experience. .....and don't lose faith in humanity because of unwarranted comments.