Department of Caffeine @ 15 Duxton Road

Opened for barely one month but already making waves on Instagram, Department of Caffeine is the newest addition to the row of cafes in the Duxton enclave. Tucked away at the beginning of Duxton road, this edgy coffee joint with an industrial-chic groove, blends together the hard metallic steel of their chairs with a cosy homely vibe lent by the majority wooden paneled walls and tables. Its appeal is inviting and the entire space seats about 20 people quite comfortably without intruding on your neighbour’s personal space as some smaller joints usually do.

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And ‘taking their food and drink seriously’ as they claim, the weekday menu boasts of well thought-out comfort fare that is simple yet satisfying. Centered around mostly sandwiches, their offerings include Pulled Pork, Meatball, Fish Finger and Mushroom, all served with a side salad for $13. Mains such as Roast Chicken or Poached Salmon Fillet come with a choice of 1/2/3 salads for $13/$15/$17. Desserts are either homemade cakes and pastries from the counter or Buttermilk Waffles with Ice-Cream at $12.

As for drinks, caffeine-addicts rejoice. This place is after all, called the Department of Caffeine. Made from specialty coffee beans from Australian roaster Five Senses, the barristers here pull a full-bodied perk-me-up for $4 upwards. Tea enthusiasts are also not neglected, with a good range of choices from homegrown tea specialist Tea Bone Zen Mind.

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We came here on a weekday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised that this hidden gem was still untarnished and unmarred by huge crowds, where conversations are tiresome because you constantly get drowned out by other people’s voices or when you have to hurry and leave after having your meal because there is a long queue waiting outside.

Instead, the atmosphere was exactly like what a cafe should be- chilled, relaxing and perfect to simply while the afternoon away over your cuppa or cake and conducive for a heart-to-heart.

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The Pulled Pork $13 was certainly one of the better ones I have tried. Sweet, succulent and smothered in their house BBQ sauce, the shredded pieces of pulled pork were tender and absolutely delectable. Complimented with the crunchy coleslaw of carrots and coriander, this combination was indeed a treat. Special mention to that side salad of carrots dressed with Moroccan spices and sultanas, which was a real crowd pleaser with all of us.

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Currently one of the most featured dessert item on Instagram feeds, this Butter Rum Bananas Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Ice-Cream $12 was simply irresistible. While the characteristic smell of Rum was undeniably intense and a little too overwhelming for me, the others found it extremely appetizing. I especially enjoyed the buttermilk waffle with its extra-light fluffy texture and crispy brown exterior. This is a definite must-order here!

Check out 5 Best Places For Waffles In Singapore for more great waffles.

Check out my list of 10 Brunch Places in Singapore for more brunch ideas.

See also my list of 25 Places To Eat In Singapore with Nett Prices.

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Overall, I had a very enjoyable afternoon here. Department of Caffeine is indeed a treasure trove and you will be sure to find me back here very soon as I am extremely keen to try out their weekend brunch menu offerings.

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[All pictures in this post were taken with a Nikon D60 and an iPhone 4S]

15 Duxton Road
Tel: 6223 3426

Opening hrs:
10.30am to 7.30pm (weekdays)
9.30am to 7.30pm (weekends)

Singapore

5 Responses to Department of Caffeine @ 15 Duxton Road

  1. Just went, it was almost full. Love this place, will come back again!

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