After having lived in Tanjong Pagar for 2 years, it’s difficult to break the habit of walking up and down the Duxton Road area. It’s almost addictive to go down and hang out at the picturesque coffee houses. Further, being a work-from-home free lancer allows you the freedom to actually pick your place of work too! I find it much better to sit at some coffee house, especially when the weather is gloomy or just too sultry.
Last week, after a meeting, I headed for a new, well relatively new kid on the block. Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road. Launched earlier this year, DOC is located in the same place where the cream-cake special Broadway Café used to be. The coffee place is started by an ex-Barista of Coffee Reunion Andrew Lek.
Like many other coffee places and restaurants on Duxton Road, DOC is situated in a heritage building and has a long, rectangular and rather large floor space. And while tables are situated relatively closely, a little nudging and pushing and you can make a decent space for yourself and your group. They have cleverly maintained the seating in such a way that in case of a large group, tables can be quickly pulled together.
The entire place is full of wooden décor. Starting from the ceiling to the wall, to the tables… it has an old style coffee house feel to it…
With some modern touches like the paintings on the wall.
Like most coffee houses around, they also have an open plan serving station and kitchen, with large display counters for their special desserts and munchies.
I like the simple décor with the heavy wood influence.
And the small touches around.
I was mostly there for the coffee… but they do seem to have a decent, if not extensive, collection of food. Their all day breakfast dishes look appealing enough… They also serve Shephard’s Pie… although from the one I saw being served, it did not look all that authentic in preparation… However, as they claim their main intention is the quality and their food they say is rather unpretentious.
They also have a nice dessert spread with the usual suspects of Waffles and Tarts. They also have a couple of unique selections, Lavender Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake. I was completely going to skip food, after the rather heavy lunch, but couldn’t resist:
Flourless Chocolate Cake: One of the things that attracted me to the cake was it looked so fresh and had an almost homemade look to it… a piece of delectable cake sprinkled with ground sugar… The cake had a light crust too! I liked the cake… although for personal taste it was little too sweet… but it worked. It was definitely a good try.
Now coming down to the reason I was actually there… The coffee. The DOC sources their coffee beans from Australian company called Five Senses Coffee. They have their own blends and I liked it. The owner definitely knows his coffee.
Café Latte: I tried their café latte and was surprised at how refreshing and tasty the coffee actually was. Very little acidity, smooth flavour, and the latte was nicely prepared. I would definitely recommend their coffee to those who like to try out newer coffee joints for sure.
How much will it cost me: The place is by no means cheap. The small piece of cake and coffee cost me around S$ 10++. Their food is on an average between S$ 10 to S$ 20… so it basically falls in most of your coffee, all day breakfast category. Nothing extravagant about the cost, but it ain’t cheap.
Verdict: The relatively new kid on the block has potential. Their food seems to be a hit around, and their coffee is definitely great. However, I have heard they have some issues with managing reservations and if a friend is to be believed, weekends are a mess. Having said that they do take reservations, so you might want to get yourself a table in advance. During weekends the place is open slightly longer than most other coffee places in that area, but for a coffee house, it opens rather late. Try it and let me know what you think.
Address: 15 Duxton Road, Tel: 6223 3426
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 7.30pm (Mon – Fri); 9.30am – 7.30pm (Sat – Sun)