FOOD, Food reviews, Food reviews - Singapore FOOD REVIEW: The Dispensary at Tiong Bahru 31 March 2015


I’ve walked past The Dispensary so many times now, yet never got the chance to pop in because I always found myself too full (too many good and cheap eateries all over the Tiong Bahru area!).

Isn’t the stark black and white contrast cool?


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This is the interior, by the ordering/cashier area. I was quite fascinated with the Chinese medicine cabinet, which is the real deal (they retained this part, as the area used to be a Chinese medicine hall before).

“What do you put in it?”, I asked, interested.

“Erm. Nothing”, came the reply.

Haha. Fair enough!


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The menu is limited, but it works. One blackboard for drinks, one blackboard for savory, one blackboard for sweets. I appreciated the photos of the dishes above the menu!


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Customers are encouraged to write notes of encouragement or whatever you want on the coffee cup sleeves, which are then pasted onto their coffee machine.


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I spotted this by the counter – a little packet of Chinese herbs.

“What is it?”, I asked.

“Something to chew and nibble on”, came the reply.

Hrrrmmm okaaaay.

“So who’s the dude on the front?”


I didn’t end up buying this because I didn’t know what it was like and it looked a bit dubious 😛


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The beautiful, vintage, interior. I loved that teapot set! The place is a treasure trove for all sorts of old school treasures of yesteryear. I poked around whilst waiting for my food to arive.


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This is their menu, which is popped on every table. I’d say it’s great as a breakfast/lunch place, but probably not the greatest selection for dinner.


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Complimentary water from an old school tin kettle! Too cute!!


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My Latte ($5). A decently made cup, it hit the spot.


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I’d already eaten before heading to the cafe, so I just opted for the Red Velvet cake ($7). The wedge of cake was pretty sublime. The cake was moist and rich, and the cream cheese gave a nice contrast without being overpowering. I liked how there was much more cake the cheese (some versions have multiple layers of cake, resulting in way too much cream cheese for my liking).

I was eyeing their Truffle Fries too, but simply couldn’t stuff it in. I wouldn’t mind heading back there again though!

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