I was in the Tiong Bahru neighbourhood after a tasting invite and I remembered a new cafe The Dispensary has recently just opened its door in the hood. I heard about this cool cafe which marriage the old abandoned Chinese Medical Hall with modern Western fare.
The 2 pillars outside the cafe still have the name of the old Chinese Medical Hall.
The centerpiece of the cafe is the Chinese Medicine Cabinets behind the counter. These Chinese medicine cabinets used to hold many potent remedies to cure the residents' ailments. The antique gave the modern cafe a historical charm.
Coffee cup sleeves can also be seen sticking around the cafe with comments from patrons.
A small little corridor path from the main entrance where the Chinese Medicine Cabinet is located leading the way to the seating around at the back of the cafe. Turning left there is a staircase leading to the 2nd floor of the cafe.
A corner of the corner where again we can noticed the marriage of tradition and modern decoration.
Cafe Latte 4/5
As I am already quite full from my previous appointment, I only order a Cafe Latte. I like the cafe latte as the espresso was not too acidic. My only complain is that the cafe latte is served in paper cup even thought I am dinning in.
I like the decor and relax ambience at The Dispensary where patrons can rejuvenate over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I looked forward to my next visit as I heard good words of their cupcakes and cakes.
69 Tiong Bahru Road
Tel: +65 65360225
Nearest MRT; Tiong Bahru (EW Line), Outram (EW Line)
Tue-Thu: 8am - 8pm
Fri-Sat: 8am - 10pm
Sun: 9am - 7pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Head east on Tiong Bahru Road towards Jalan Membina. Continue walking down Tiong Bahru Road until destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Outram MRT station. Take Exit A or C. Walk to bus stop opposite Outram MRT station (Stop ID 06011). Take bus no. 33, 63, 75, 851 or 970. Alight 1 stop later at Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]