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
Tel: +65 62233426
Nearest MRT: Outram (EW Line, NE Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
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.