Department of Caffeine (also known as D.O.C.) is a highly popular cafe situated along Duxton Road. The cafe offers food that is comforting & satisfying and brunch dishes that changes from time to time. The place has gained a huge following & popularity among fellow cafehoppers, most who consider D.O.C. one of their favourite spots for brunch. Is it true? Let’s review, shall we?
DOC has a very modern yet sleek look. Wooden elements are the majority used in the cafe, with a large wooden panel wall on the side. Their counter area also makes use of wooden panels & wooden shelves. Some large modern artwork are displayed on the walls as well. The whole aesthetic is accentuate with hanging light bulbs & spotlights that tie the whole look together. It’s all very “hip”, chic & clean.
I visited DOC on a weekend as they have a special menu for brunch that is only for weekends. The cafe is too popular for it’s own good. The place was extremely crowded, something that majorly turned off my friend & I. After putting our names down, there is around a half an hour wait before we got a table. I’ll like to note that the the air-conditioning seemed to be having a losing battle with amount of heat generated in the place. The place ended up feeling very stuffy; my friend & I just wanted to get out of there as soon as possible. Interestingly enough, the minute we stepped out of the place, there was a huge contrast outside; it was much more peaceful. Perhaps visiting DOC on a weekday would be a better idea, I went on a weekend because of their brunch menu.
I do like to mention that the staff were very friendly & efficient. After my friend & I were seated, we spotted another table behind us that was far less cramped, and so we asked if we could switch. They obliged. After placing our order, we spotted a table near the wall being cleared. Wanting a better spot for photo taking, yet again I asked if we could switch tables. They obliged. AGAIN. I do thank them for that, my friend & I were basically face-palming ourselves from the embarrassment and how we were perceived by the staff – Huge annoyances for switching tables TWICE.
DOC offers a very popular brunch menu, with a special menu specifically for the weekends. DOC’s regularly changes their menu, with twisted classics, salads, sandwiches, small-batch cakes and tempting pastries that are inventive and unconventional. Anyone up for waffles or churros? DOC has it. If you need a testament to how good their food & drinks are, just have a look at the crazy crowds.
Bonus: DOC is one of those cafes in Singapore that do not charge service fees or GST. Hurrah! (Of course, the prices for DOC is more higher end, so… I guess it’s a win/lose situation.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you have not tried DOC just yet, I do recommend a visit. I do like their food, they have an essence of quality about them & it’s interesting enough to keep me eager for a revisit. Numerous other cafehoppers seem to like this spot very much as well, some even consider DOC to have the best waffles in Singapore. It’s up to personal preference at the end of the day though, for me, I think they’re good but not the absolute best. DOC is definitely popular for a reason and I now can kinda see why.
DEPARTMENT OF CAFFEINE (D.O.C.)
15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6223 3426
Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
(Last orders at 6pm)