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Dome introduces a chic urban coffee haven for executives on the go. Dome offers coffee made of the finest Arabica coffee beans that are roasted to perfection, and are equally famous for their cakes, pastries and sandwiches which are served throughout the day. The cafe also allows customers to rest and relax with al fresco dining, or have a speedy takeaway on the go.
Below average cafe
I didn't really had a good experience with this cafe. Having been a loyal Starbucks girl, I decided to stray from my usual Starbucks and went to Dome in hope of finding something new and nice. The interior looked cozy and had this American cottage feel. It looks very earthy and comfortable as well. Ordered fruit juice and it didn't taste like real fruit juice, I really hate fruit concentrates. I ordered a plate of spaghetti and found it to be too soft and too the sauce tasted weird? I don't really know how to put it into words but I wouldn't recommend. I wouldn't recommend anyone to have their pasta fix at cafes anyway. You'd be better off at a pasta place!
The cashier wasn't polite too. A simple 'Thank you' wouldn't hurt. A little bit of manners goes a long way, especially when one is in the service industry. In my opinion, service can really make or break a place. If you have nice food and bad service, I wouldn't come the next time. Likewise, if there's bad food and bad service, you would be sure that my shadow won't even appear anywhere near.
For students who are looking for cafes to study at, do not come to Dome. The lights are really dim and is a place meant for relaxing (although the seats are quite cramp). Don't forsake your eyesight. Go to a library :)
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Dome Cafe serves Western food such as pasta, mushroom soup, fish and poultry. I’ve visited the one at Parkway Parade 2 years ago and had a rather lacklustre experience. While the mushroom soup I ordered tasted great, my main course was rather underwhelming. (so much so that I no longer remember what i ordered)
However, Dome is a good haunt for afternoon tea. Their coffees are freshly brewed and pastries are of pretty good quality. I tried their ice latte before and it was rather impressive. I haven’t tried their teas before but i heard it’s not bad! Also, the food at Dome is rather pricey - it is more expensive than hipster cafe food. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend DOME cafe and would prefer to go to an independent cafe for afternoon tea.
Worth every cent
The first time I tried Dome was the outlet at Dempsey Hill. We were all starving (and all the hill-climbing made it worse) so we ordered a king's feast, three of us ate 4 main courses and 2 starters. Starters we had the fried food platter, and the creamy seafood chowder encased in a flaky golden-crusted pot pie was so goooood.
For our main courses, we had a variety of pasta, baked rice, to steaks. I had the Wagyu beef steak with black peppercorn jus, scallops and bacon colcannon as well as the lamb steak with yoghurt mint sauce, which was the best. The lamb steak was grilled to tender perfection and the yoghurt mint sauce had a very refreshing and unique taste.
I fell in love head over heels with the vintage interior design at the Dempsey Hill outlet, but I can't say the same for the other outlets. Think lush sofas, lamp chandeliers and vintage prints all over the restaurant.
Price wise it is very affordable, it's around $10 - $25 for the main courses, similar to Swensen's, only it tastes 10 times better.
Picqued by my curiosity over seeing Dome Cafe's promotions of its famous Arabica coffee, I decided to give it a try to see how a cup of coffee made from beans from the Arabian peninsula would differ from the standard coffee available to me everyday.
It was a disappointment. Firstly, the coffee, in my opinion, was too sweet. I liked my coffee bitter and strong whilst milky and with a tinge of sweet aftertaste. I believed in good, strong coffee as it gives me the essential boost to wake up and face the day whenever I have to crawl out of my bed in the early hours of the morning (meaning 5,6am). Whilst my cappuccino is definitely milky, I felt i was taking in a load of calories. Moreover, I could not detect the 'roasted' feel of the coffee beans as well and it left me much disappointed as I was hoping for a taste of Arab in a cup.
Other than coffee, Dome cafe offers a delectable menu of other dishes too, mainly in Italian and Western cuisines. A note of advice though, don't try their fish and chips with the coffee, it didn't go well for me with a visit to the toilet later on after the meal.
Quaint and Cozy
As a frequent cafe hopper, it didn't take long for me to come across this place, and although my experience wasn't one I would call 'bad', it wasn't anything one would praise greatly about. Somewhat dark, homey environment with mostly polite, nice waiters who appeared to be much busier towards dinner time, good prices for the amount they serve, and overall, just a pleasant place to be at, though nothing special.
If you should ever think of visiting, do try out their Lychee Freeze, which was my favourite drink, along with their Carrot Cake, which has been one of the best of its kind that I have tried. My most preferred main course would be their Chorizo, with just enough pepper - not too much, and not too little.
I've always had a recurring dream of having found the perfect coffee that has a crisp smooth taste and an aroma that can perk you up immediately. I recently popped into one of Dome's outlets and had that dream crushed.
Having ordered their brew of the day, I proceeded on to their seats which was covered with crumbs. Next, when my coffee was ready, I found a lipstick stain on the mug. When I asked for a fresh brew in a new mug, the lady behind the counter looked annoyed and had her co-worker question me on whether it was my lipstick at the first place. I had pink lipstick on but the colour of the lipstick stain was clearly RED!
I honestly didn't mind that they had given me a dirty mug, but to be wrongfully accused of something I didn't do, pushed my buttons. If I hadn't paid quite an amount for my coffee, I would have left empty-handed. I decided to take my coffee to go and hurriedly left the store while fuming.
Needless to say, I'm never going back to Dome. What's worst was that their coffee tasted horrible with a capital H.
warm cafe vibe
As part of my café-hopping experience this holiday, my sister and I went to check out Dome Café.
The dim lighting, cottage-like furniture and mahogany furnishing gave plus-points to its ambience and were certainty major factors in our decision to enter.
The red velvet cake we tried was pleasantly surprising. It was sticky and gelled with my teeth. Self-conscious me needed water to wash down cake traces. Layers of cream within the cake lubricated its taste. While it was rich, the cake was a little too creamy for my liking. Thankfully, it was topped with walnuts to provide an alternative bitter taste. A nice balance, just that I’ll keep in mind to savour it slowly another time as it left my mouth feeling rather oily.
As for the iced mocha, drinking it was simply bliss! Really loved it a lot and brought out my mocha-lover feels in this drink. Bitter-sweet like dark chocolate; slightly sweet initially while the bitter after-taste lingered shortly the way good mocha should be. Unfortunately, the gelato spoiled the whole show. It was an unexpected disappointment, paling in comparison. It seemed pretty innocent, floating in the glass but one bite brought ice fragments to my tongue. Not only was the vanilla taste bland, the ice pieces diluted its fragrance – not that it had any to begin with anyway.
In all, the overall experience was still enjoyable with a good cake and coffee. Could get some reading and people-watching done and I’m looking forward to trying the main courses at Dome.
Good food and coffee
I had a quick meal at Dome as I had to catch a movie that was screening an hour later. The waiter was very understanding when I requested for my order to be rushed as I was running short on time.
The food was delicious and reasonably priced with most main courses below the $20 mark. The coffee beans used for my latte was well roasted and the end product (the latte) had the right proportion of everything (milk and coffee). The environment was comfortable and I can foresee myself spending an afternoon catching up with my friend over a cup of coffee and a cake.
Do me a favour
I have had more bad experiences than good at this chain's outlets: Orders confused or forgotten. Service haphazard. A 'don't really care' attitude when I ask for explanations or make a complaint. I even wrote to them. Twice. Did I get a response?
What do you expect? No, I did not.
I avoid them. Surely there has to be something good? My visits to the Dome outlet in the Art Gallery and at Parkway Parade lead me to wonder.
Another regular cafe
I feel that dome is just one of those cafes which sell coffee, drinks and some food. While their food selection is quite impressive, I felt that not all items on the menu was as good as each other. Their spaghetti was rather nice, and it was not as expensive as it would have been in a place like coffee bean bistro or delifrance bistro, but the sandwiches are less impressive.
My opinion of the drinks that I have tried, the iced tea and a hot coffee, was only of average standard, and its no starbucks or coffee bean anytime. The only really good thing was the more reasonable prices for the food and drinks.
The ambience is too dark to eat or work, and the seating is packed and uncomfortable, also meaning that your personal privacy may be intruded by someone in the table next to you unintentionally. Service was also slow despite it being a non peak hour, something that would drive me away from coming back too often.
affordable and tasty food
Dome provides great food at reasonable prices, with a lovely ambience for one to enjoy one's meal. There is a wide selection on the menu, from breakfast to main courses, to desserts and beverages. Dome is well known for their coffee, but their hot chocolate is equally savoury, and not too sweet.
Their Classic Chicken Avocado is simply delightful, with the refreshing mix of chicken slices and avocado between crisp bread. Their side of chips, which can be also requested to be changed to a salad, is tasty too! There is just the right amount of flavour in every bite. Dome's fruit juices are also refreshing and healthy, a good pick-me-up without caffeine involved (: I also highly recommend trying their various cakes available if you drop in for tea.
Staff are quite hard to wave down to request for an order but they would apologize for the wait. A good place to have food at.