Department of Caffeine (D.O.C.) @ 15 Duxton Road

"We take food & drink seriously."

“We take food & drink seriously.”

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's inconspicuous sign.

DOC’s inconspicuous sign.

Inside the cafe. The weekend crowd. Horrendous isn't it?

Inside the cafe.
The weekend crowd. Horrendous isn’t it?

Aesthetic
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.

Sidenote
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.

Desserts at the counter. Didn't get to try these unfortunately. Another time perhaps.

Desserts at the counter.
Didn’t get to try these unfortunately. Another time perhaps.

DOC's weekend brunch menu.

DOC’s weekend brunch menu.

Food
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.)

Mörk Specialty Hot Chocolate ($6.50) When I first saw this, it seemed extremely tantalizing, especially since it was listed in their menu under the "DOC Vault" - A premium & limited edition section. I do have to hand it to them for making it sound so good, I must admit I fell for the sales tactic. I didn't find anything special about this hot chocolate, sadly. Not much different from the usual ones I've had, which was a tad disappointing as they made it seemed so special.

Mörk Specialty Hot Chocolate ($6.50)
When I first saw this, it seemed extremely tantalizing, especially since it was listed in their menu under the “DOC Vault” – A premium & limited edition section.
I do have to hand it to them for making it sound so good, I must admit I fell for the sales tactic.
I didn’t find anything special about this hot chocolate, sadly. Not much different from the usual ones I’ve had, which was a tad disappointing as they made it seemed so special.

Iced Chocolate ($7) My friend ordered this and if I remembered correctly, he really liked it. I do appreciate the addition of chocolate sauce & ice-cream to the iced version of the drink. Some places just put ice in their hot chocolate. Not particularly wrong, but to pay an additional fee just for that... seems kinda dumb.

Iced Chocolate ($7)
My friend ordered this and if I remembered correctly, he really liked it.
I do appreciate the addition of chocolate sauce & ice-cream to the iced version of the drink. Some places just put ice in their hot chocolate. Not particularly wrong, but to pay an additional fee just for that… seems kinda dumb.

Roast Chicken (Around $16) With Lemon, Sumac, Za'atar This was one of their mains. You could actually order this with one of their salads as a combo. I was perusing their older menu online from another blog and wanted to check out their Soba salad. Unfortunately, that isn't in the menu anymore. Besides that fact, they were all out of salads the day I visited, so I just had the main by itself. The chicken was really good. Nice, tender & succulent. Roasted perfectly, loved the herbs on top.

Roast Chicken (Around $16)
With Lemon, Sumac, Za’atar
This was one of their mains. You could actually order this with one of their salads as a combo. I was perusing their older menu online from another blog and wanted to check out their Soba salad. Unfortunately, that isn’t in the menu anymore. Besides that fact, they were all out of salads the day I visited, so I just had the main by itself.
The chicken was really good. Nice, tender & succulent. Roasted perfectly, loved the herbs on top.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Waffles ($18) With Streaky Bacon, Scrambled Eggs & Maple Bacon Jam During the whole "Waffle Craze of 2014" a few months ago, I kept seeing DOC's waffles everywhere. Finally I've managed to try them, both a savoury & sweet versions. I do like savoury waffles, I'm the type of guy that is open to these variations. (Especially chicken & waffles!) This was pretty alright. It didn't particularly impress me, but then again I've had so many waffles that they all start to taste the same.

Sundried Tomato & Herb Waffles ($18)
With Streaky Bacon, Scrambled Eggs & Maple Bacon Jam
During the whole “Waffle Craze of 2014” a few months ago, I kept seeing DOC’s waffles everywhere. Finally I’ve managed to try them, both a savoury & sweet versions.
I do like savoury waffles, I’m the type of guy that is open to these variations. (Especially chicken & waffles!) This was pretty alright. It didn’t particularly impress me, but then again I’ve had so many waffles that they all start to taste the same.

Valrhona Chocolate Waffles ($22) With Butter Rum Bananas, Premium Vanilla Ice-cream, Crispy Royaltine I was highly attracted to this because of the inclusion of - Valrhona. That is pretty much like the holy grail of chocolates and to have it mixed with a waffle... it could just be Heaven. This definitely fared better than the savoury waffle. The waffle was not bad itself, though it didn't make me go "Woah" or something like that. The rum bananas were an awesome companion to the waffle, along with the ice-cream.  All in all, it was pretty good. I would rate it somewhere in the middle of all the waffles I've tried.

Valrhona Chocolate Waffles ($22)
With Butter Rum Bananas, Premium Vanilla Ice-cream, Crispy Royaltine
I was highly attracted to this because of the inclusion of – Valrhona. That is pretty much like the holy grail of chocolates and to have it mixed with a waffle… it could just be Heaven.
This definitely fared better than the savoury waffle. The waffle was not bad itself, though it didn’t make me go “Woah” or something like that. The rum bananas were an awesome companion to the waffle, along with the ice-cream.
All in all, it was pretty good. I would rate it somewhere in the middle of all the waffles I’ve tried.

Churros & Chocolate ($12.50) Rolled in Cinnamon Sugar, served with Kahlua Spiked Chocolate Sauce This was the whole reason I wanted to visit DOC on a weekend. Churros! These are only served on the weekends after 1pm FYI. They were good. Not really the best churros I've had. (Habitat Coffee still retains that spot in my book.) If you're looking to visit DOC JUST for these, lower your expectations a little & you'll be fine. (I pretty much overhyped it in my head.)  I do love the Kahlua spiked chocolate sauce. I tend not to drink alcohol, but put 'em in food and I'm sold sold sold.

Churros & Chocolate ($12.50)
Rolled in Cinnamon Sugar, served with Kahlua Spiked Chocolate Sauce
This was the whole reason I wanted to visit DOC on a weekend. Churros! These are only served on the weekends after 1pm FYI.
They were good. Not really the best churros I’ve had. (Habitat Coffee still retains that spot in my book.) If you’re looking to visit D.O.C. JUST for these, lower your expectations a little & you’ll be fine. (I pretty much overhyped it in my head.)
I do love the Kahlua spiked chocolate sauce. I tend not to drink alcohol, but put ’em in food and I’m sold sold sold.

Interesting artwork. Carnivorous mechanical plants & a piranha? Hmmm.. what is the artist trying to convey?

Interesting artwork.
Carnivorous mechanical plants & a piranha? Hmmm.. what is the artist trying to convey?

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.

RATING

Food
8/10
Aesthetic
7/10
Price
6.5/10
Service
7.5/10

DEPARTMENT OF CAFFEINE (D.O.C.)

15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6223 3426
Opening Hours:
Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
(Last orders at 6pm)
http://www.deptofcaffeine.com/
https://www.facebook.com/deptofcaffeine

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