(Above Average)
Department of Caffeine

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15 Duxton Road Singapore Singapore 089481
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Wei Ling
Listing created by Wei Ling on July 19, 2013    

The Department of Caffeine (D.O.C) serves specialty coffee & tea, rustic 'twisted' all day meals, weekend brunch & house made cakes & pastries. Owner Andrew Lek is a former barista at Stranger's Reunion, and has since opened up D.O.C to start brewing his own coffee, but in a different flavour from before.

This small, unpretentious cafe takes their food and drink seriously. D.O.C takes sustainably-sourced specialty coffee beans from Five Senses Coffee, Australia, and a bespoke range of teas, then apply serious technical know-how to craft caffeinated perfection. Its menu of sandwiches, salads and cakes are also regularly changed to provide a range of refreshing choices.

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Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 7:30 pm, Sat - Sun: 9:30 am - 7:30 pm


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Delicious food plays hide-and-seek

I was very impressed by the food at Department of Caffeine when I last ate there, and I have been wanting to go back every since. The storefront is nondescript, covered by opaque glass door, and no sign-board on the outside. It only has the number 15 above the door, so only those who know the address will know what's going on inside.

Many of their mains are $20 and up, but you get what you pay for. The D.O.C Breakfast Platter is delicious. The eggs are runny only where they need to be and their brioche is crispy on the outside and warm and fluffy all the way through. You can also see that a lot of effort is put into the plating of the dishes.

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Heavenly Chocolate Waffle

Located at a little hidden corner of Duxton, DOC is not the kind of café where you would simply chance upon and enter. You need a pair of hawk eyes like me in order not to miss it. And anyway, there isn’t a need for them to attract passer-by as Singaporeans would simply hunt for it.

My friend and I visited DOC on a Friday late afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of crowd. We then headed straight to look for the waffles that we saw on Instagram – Chocolate waffles! However, it costs a shockingly $20. Well, we came all the way for it and can’t miss that out right?

Their $20 waffles totally win hands down. The waffle tasted like chocolate cake, except crispier and better. Topped with banana, ice cream and sprinkled with some crunchy nuts (?), the only problem was just how sinful it is. As for their coffee, they weren’t exceptional but were reasonably good.

Food aside, their seating was quite crammed and the huge fan was distracting as I just couldn’t keep my hair in place. Their operating hours confused us that day as the internet and shop-front gave different timings. It didn’t bother us a bit since we were already done but while we were hanging around outside, we saw quite a few confused foodies peering in.
Still, it is definitely worth more than a second visit!

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A Hot and Noisy Place

The cafe was located one end of Duxton Road, with a rather plain looking brown door. Inside it was very crowded and noisy. Although there was only 2 of us, we were asked to leave our number should there be a table available and estimated waiting time was 30 minutes. Oh my god, I was thinking that should we just leave for the next nearest cafe. But we were lucky to get a table after a short wait. The place was quite hot, even when there was extra air coolers been turned on. Tables were placed quite near to each other and I could barely get into my seat which was by the wall. Pay as you place your order at the counter. Cashs and NETS (for payments above $10) are accepted here. A number stand will be given to you after payment. Remember to help yourself to the bottled water at the side of the counter.

Buttermilk Waffles with New Zealand Natural premium vanilla ice cream and butter rum bananas ($14)
The waffle was not quite crispy but still fluffy and tasted of hint of cinnamon powder. I could barely taste of hint of rum in the banana.

8 Hour Pulled Pork (S$15)
sandwich with house BBQ sauce and carrot and coriander
Feel that the pork tasted a bit dry.

Yoghurt, Vanilla bean, Honey Smoothies ($6)
Served in a small glass, it was very thick and smooth but I could not taste the vanilla bean in it.

Daily Iced Tea ($6)
It looked like a glass of water with lots of ice cubes and a slice of lemon in it. Did not look or taste like tea.

Deluxe Granola ($8)
homemade granola with rolled oats, almonds, cranberries, hazelnuts with greek yoghurt & honey
Again here I could not taste the vanilla bean in the yogurt. It became too grainy and difficult to chew after a few mouthfuls.

Overall the food seem average and highly overpriced. The place was way too hot and noisy to enjoy food properly.

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Great juice and savoury waffle

D.O.C is a cafe that's rather unnoticeable from its exterior. Inside, it is a small and cosy cafe with very very limited seating so be sure to make a reservation before heading down. My friend and I did not make a reservation and were told to leave our numbers so they could call us when there is an available table. It took them about 15 minutes to call us (thankfully) instead of the 45 minute time-frame they told us. My friend and I ordered a savoury waffle with bacon and scrambled eggs on top of it, dory fish fingers and an apple/ginger juice. We made our order and paid at the counter and the food was served to us in around 15 minutes' time.

It was my first time having a savoury waffle and I did enjoy it a lot. It's something different from the sweet ice-cream waffles I've been used to. The waffle went well with the bacon maple and scrambled eggs. The bacon tasted a little tough though, somewhat like beef jerky. It would have been better had the bacon been softer! The dory fish fingers were lightly battered and had salt and pepper sprinkled over them and served with tartar sauce at the side. I enjoyed this a lot. The batter was crispy and the simple seasoning brought out the freshness of the fish. The juice was a pleasant surprise. Initially I was a little apprehensive about ordering it because it contained ginger - an ingredient that did not leave me with any positive memory since young, but my friend egged me on and told me there wouldn't be a sharp ginger taste present and she was right! The juice was just refreshing and everything just blends so well. I highly recommend everyone to check out this place, especially if you're on the "cafe-hopping" bandwagon!

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It's just another cafe. Decent, but not fantastic. I tried their newly launched Valrhona Chocolate Waffles and popular Pulled Pork Burger. The waffles were "meh" - it had raspberry sauce as a topping so I didn't really like it. The waffles themselves were okayish- nice, but not anything revolutionary. I've got to admit that it looks pretty though. Service was also decent.

The burger. The burger was good.

Well, there's nothing negative to say about DOC. It's decent, it really is, but nothing groundbreaking. If you do visit, get the burger.

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(Updated: September 14, 2013)

waffles not worth the hype

Let me have the honor in writing the first review. I'm honetly quite shocked that there's no review yet, considering the hype they have stirred on social media about being the new kid on the block with their banana waffles which was plastered all across my instagram feed it started to annoy me. Haha. Nah, I didn't mind it, it annoyed me that i haven't been to tried it after so many people raved about it.

And being at the Duxton area, my pals and I dropped by and got their waffles with the rum bananas. Not the berry compote, cos that didn't appear on my instagram feed.

The bananas were unfortunately, a disappointment.
I thought they were over caramelized and tooo sweet. The syrup poured onto the waffle drenched it in sugary syrup I honestly wasn't inclined to finish it. My greedy, I mean hungry friend finished it. Leaving the bananas, yes.

Their burgers tho'.


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