Department of Caffeine, or D.O.C., is the new kid on the block for hippies and hipsters. It’s located on the no lesser than cool Duxton Hill of course. The decor is simple and fuss-free but at the same time having a cool enough vibe for everyone. Seats are also limited (as if you didn’t know already) but don’t worry because they take in reservations (plus point for a cafe!).
Generally, the coffee here is not bad. We ordered the Caffe Latte ($5) and Iced Mocha ($6.50).
I was pretty reluctant to go for the 8hr Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) at first, since I’ve not been very accepting of sandwiches. However this one pulled through my expectations with a good spiced up mixture of pulled pork, coleslaw and carrot – a burst of flavors. The sauce which the pork has been marinated in may be a tad salty but it was the x factor, I felt.
A highly raved item on the menu would be the Buttermilk Waffles w/ Vanilla Icecream & Rum Bananas ($12.50) which I obviously could not let slip of. You can actually choose from either rum bananas or blueberry compote to go with the waffles and ice cream but for me, rum bananas seem a whole lot more delectable. From the thick, crispy brown waffle to the soft rum bananas (my highlight for the day), I could continue on with a second serving.
There is an array of cakes and pastries at the counter but oddly enough none were appealing to me except for the Lavender & Honey Cake ($5). As I took a bite into it I was deeply surprised by the immense taste of lavender from those bits. Along with the fluffy textures of the sponge cake, it ended my lunch on a memorable note.
If I had to nitpick, it would be that the portion sizes were somewhat small – I didn’t feel full after the meal, just alright. I guess you can only get that much with that better quality. That set aside, DOC is the place to go if you haven’t. I just love their all-roundedness for coffee, brunch and vibe.
15 Duxton Road
Weekdays 10.30am – 7.30pm
Weekends 9.30am – 7.30pm