Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Prescribed Caffeine at Doutor Coffee

Just the other day, Cuchi was griping about the current trend of cafes in Singapore doing away with the availability of wifi and electrical sockets for needy laptop users. So lo and behold, on a quiet Sunday morning, their keen cat senses detected the presence of both dearly missed items in the newly minted Doutor Coffee as they strolled past the cafe located at the shiny beacon of banking and commerce - Marina Bay Financial Centre.

People-watch while you work away on your lappie.
Electrical sockets are kindly available for patrons.
But do not just be a seat-warmer,
have a look at their menu that includes japanese-style
sandwiches and desserts.
But given the sweet availability of both wifi and electrical sockets that were strategically placed by window seats, how did the coffee measure up?

Cute Cute's perennial favourite: Long Black.
Cuchi adventurously reached for a
Honey Cafe au Lait.
Both coffee came in takeaway cups even for

The  Long Black was mild and pleasantly fragrant. It was a standard blend of beans by the parent company in Japan. Apparently, Douter Coffee is a proud owner of two plantations in Kona Island, Hawaii. From web sources, they choose to roast the beans via an in-house open flame method instead of hot air roasting as they believed that it best retains the flavour of the beans and gives Doutor Coffee beans their distinctive aroma and taste. Cute Cute was not sure whether his Long Black was made from pure Kona beans but it was much lighter and smoother than the usual Hawaiian Kona that he has tried locally.

Cuchi's Honey Cafe au Lait was a surprising hit even with Cute Cute. It was perfumed with a mild and subtle hint of honey and was not cloyingly sweet. The Japanese obsession with quality  has definitely paid off here; the attention to detail was impeccable. It was even apparent in the great variety of ahem... condiments on display. Gum syrup in your coffee, anyone?

This condiment set-up is reminiscent of Nippon
fast food joints like MOS Burger.
Hmm, let's see what we can glean from here...
OMG ... kawaii-esque mini capsules of
Liquid Lemon, Honey Sugar and Gum Syrup!!!
Holy Moly! What if I add all these into my coffee ..... hmmm 

The tuna sandwich with melted cheddar cheese was divine.
Portion was reasonable as well.

The milano sandwich with cured parma ham
and bologna sausage was decent but not as
tasty as the tuna sandwich.

Clean and minimalist interior
with a wall of greens to spruce things up.
Cuchi, a soup-lover, guessed that the pumpkin soup
came from instant pre-mix powder but
quite decent anyway.
A variety of imported Japanese snacks on display.

On a separate occasion,  they overheard an obasan raving about her usual order of Honey Cafe au Lait and the Mille Crepe. Yes, Doutor Coffee has a few select pastries like Mont Blanc, Pumpkin Tart, Mille Crepe, and Matcha and Red Bean Cake to tempt dessert-lovers. It's a pity that Cute Cute and Cuchi were too stuffed to try them.

Here is our review for Douter Coffee:

Food Quality: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Coffee Quality: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 7.0 pawprints out of 10
Specials that you should try: Long Black, Honey au Lait, Tuna Sandwich

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

Douter Coffee
12 Marina Boulevard,  #01-05
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 
Singapore 018982


  1. I have been meaning to visit this first ever Doutor outlet in SG, heard it serves desserts stables of my favourites i.e. mille crepe and montblancs! going there tomorrow for lunch, hope it's good!

  2. I only get to try their sandwich too.. Was pretty good for morning blues :P http://foodesteem.blogspot.com/2013/09/doutor-coffee.html