You may wonder, ”Another Jalan Besar café?”
Yes, and one that is rather under-the-radar for now and deserves more attention.
D’Vine Café is located at 149 Tyrwhitt Road, which is right opposite Chye Seng Huat Hardware and so people may just miss it.
It is so named due to the hanging “vines” when you enter the café, and promises a relaxing ambience with instagrammable corners.
The winding nature of “vine” also represents connection, endurance, progress, strength and friendship.
The food and the coffee choices turn out to be pleasantly surprising – not just the typical café fare. Osmanthus Latte, anyone?
For the egg lovers out there, the all-day-brunch menu already sounds enticing, with Egg Cheesy Bacon Melts with Croissant ($14), Lobster Crab Scramble ($19), Egg Ben Salmon ($16), and Maple Griddle Cake ($12).
If you are aiming for something more filling, there are also the Ultimate D’Vine Burger ($24), Confit Chicken Bowl ($14), Mac & Cheese Gratin ($15) and Pizzalicious Waffles ($22).
Check out the 10 highlights from D’Vine Café:
Lobster Crab Scramble ($19)
D’Vine Café’s Lobster Crab Scramble uses sweet and savoury components to create a hearty creation that both seafood and egg lovers can relish.
At the base of the dish is a brioche French toast having a hint of aromatic sweetness from vanilla essence and milk.
Covering the bread is scrambled egg with baby lobster and white lump crab meat.
Trickled on top is crab bisque, the final savoury touch that also gives the preparation a trademark oceanic taste.
D’vine Breakfast ($19)
What better way to begin a busy day than with a D’Vine Breakfast?
The café’s signature platter features the whos-who of a classic breakfast with a few slight variations, and also includes focaccia and salad for a more balanced plate.
For starters, instead of a hashbrown patty, there are crispy tater tots. The bacon and spiced juicy Italian sausage provided much-needed meatiness, whereas the house-made maple beans brought some sweetness.
Additionally, the plate also has sauteed mushrooms which adds that element of earthiness.
My favourite component was the scrambled eggs which was rich and fluffy, with cream and butter added for a creamier texture.
Clam Chowder on Croute ($10)
One feels a particular type of joy when this clam chowder arrives on the table (and may just remind the one previously served at Country Manna – am I revealing my age?)
This New England-style clam chowder has a very rustic look and feel, and includes white clams, carrot, squid, bacon, celery, and onions.
While the chowder was lightly-flavoured and smooth, it was the puff pastry placed on top that gave the dish a homemade look.
Moreover, the café bakes the pastry a-la-minute, so you get to relish its hot crispy exterior and fresh-baked smell when the chowder arrives on the table.
Aburi Salmon Bowl ($16)
Health bowls are more than a trend now. The Aburi Salmon Bowl captures the balanced benefits of salmon, vegetables, and grain rice; then presents them in a colourful form without compensating for the flavours.
The main bowl comes with a mix of brown and ruby rice for better mouthfeel. Accompanying the salmon and rice is edamame, pickled onions, corn, cherry tomatoes, and a soft ajitama ‘ramen egg’.
The grilled salmon takes centerstage, undergoing distinct cooking styles.
Sous-vide and oven grilled to contain its juices, the slab is then torched along with Siracha mayo in Japanese aburi style to get a slightly charred top then topped with tobiko.
Pizzalicious Waffle ($22)
Wait, is it a pizza, a waffle, or an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)?
The answer is that it is a little bit of everything, creating a delightful treat with influences from the West and the East.
The base is a thick waffle with a light caramel aroma, sweet and savoury, made with brown butter. On it goes an array of seafood, from smoked salmon and baby lobster to calm and squid.
Enhancing the sweet saltiness of the seafood with a punch of spice is a drizzle of Siracha mayo.
At the same time, the mozzarella cheese and tomatoes give the dish a ‘pizza-feel’ and simultaneously balance out the complexities of the flavours.
As for that Japanese touch, the final ingredient is bonito flakes, giving the waffle a smoky taste like a pizza (or okonomiyaki) fresh out of an oven.
Wild Truffle Linguine ($18)
For pasta lovers, you can look out for the Carbonara ($16) and this Wild Truffle Linguine ($18).
The preparation of the linguini includes forest mushrooms, truffle paste for fragrance, spinach, sauteed shallots, and garlic. Some chicken stock help further elevates the dish with flavours.
Not taking garnishing for granted, the chefs then sprinkle puffed buckwheat for a crunch and delicately place a poached egg in the centre as part of the presentation.
Completing the dish are parmesan cheese and black truffle shavings for that extra boost of nutty wildness. If you are the type that usually goes for truffle pastas in cafes, then you should not give this a miss.
Kimchi Loaded Fries ($11)
The Kimchi Loaded Fries are a spicy, comforting treat, and one of the better versions I had around even that the shoestring fries remained rather crispy after a while.
The trinity of kimchi, Siracha mayo, and spiced cheese gives the shoestring potato fries some heat.
However, the dish is surprisingly balanced so that you can appreciate every ingredient’s individual savoury, spicy, and sour flavours.
Now, half the fun of sharing loaded fries is in its messy character. Still, the chefs chop up the kimchi to make the dish convenient to eat.
Buttermilk Waffle ($13)
Food often brings out the kid in us, and the Buttermilk Waffle is just the dish to do that.
Simple in its construction, the waffle is nostalgic and playful, drizzled with maple syrup or chocolate sauce.
A fresh waffle with marshmallows and your choice of ice cream is a classic combination. What instagrammables would like, in this case, should be the cotton candy and berries that added elements of colour-pop and softness to the creation.
Osmanthus Latte ($6.50, $7.50)
D’Vine Café exclusively sources coffee beans from 2º North Coffee Co, using a single origin from Brazil which has tasting notes of hazelnut, black cherry, and dark chocolate.
You will of course, find the quintessential preparations from Americano and Latte to Mocha and Espresso.
Further, they also offer signature flavoured coffee like Hazelnut Latte, Vanilla Latte, Osmanthus Latte, and Rose Latte.
The Osmanthus Latte, in particular, has quite a distinct taste. The flowering plant sometimes used in Chinese-style desserts (also known as Holly Tea Olive) gives the drink a floral fragrance and a mild honeyed aftertaste which compliments the smooth creaminess of the medium-bodied latte.
Tiramisu Monster Latte with Tiramisu Cap ($9)
A true-blue dessert drink, the Tiramisu Monster Latte is quite an indulgence.
Refreshingly cool, its coffee-flavoured creaminess picks up the flavours of the classic Italian pudding, presenting them in an unconventional frothy avatar.
The milkshake-like drink awakens the palate with its sweet-meets-bitter taste, and is refreshing to battle the summer days.
149 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207562
Tel: +65 8831 6875
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 9:30am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with D’Vine Café.