An old Chinese medical hall transformed into a hip cafe dispenses a little nostalgia and delicious cakes in Tiong Bahru. The Dispensary uses the traditional Chinese medicine cabinets as the centerpiece of its decor for the main front area. The F&B offerings are modern western fare – espresso coffee, cup cakes and sandwiches.
The Dispensary is a bakery and self-service cafe. Their cupcakes and signature Carrot Cake, Choc-Banana Cake and The Red Velvet – all based on their own unique recipe – are prominently displayed at the entrance area. There are a few tables at the back of the rustic premises for dine in patrons.
A little staircase leads up to a balcony where a table and a few seats can accommodate more patrons when the weather permits. There is not much of a view from the balcony unless you are interested in observing laundry being hung out to dry.
Besides cakes and coffee, the cafe also offers all day breakfast, sandwiches and pasta.
We ordered their ham & cheese toasties ($7.50), red velvet cake ($7), a flat white ($5) and a latte ($5). The sandwich was really quite substantial and well done. The red velvet had a layer of vanilla cream cheese that was not to sweet. The cake was moist and delicious on the whole.
The Dispensary is an interesting cafe to visit. It is almost like a mini museum for retro household items. Their coffee and sandwiches are not bad and their cakes are quite good. We do not think that it is the most comfortable place to lounge in and relax. We will probably go and buy their cakes or eat there again if we are in the area and need a quick bite.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs
69 Tiong Bahru Road
Tel: 6536 0225
Sunday-Thursday: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday-Sat: 9:00am to 10:00pm