What does a couple of artists and designers from different creative genres and the love of coffee have in common?
Well they start a cafe and a gallery *to be exact*
Stumbling upon Dotz Cafe a week or two ago, during one of usual evening search for a dinner venue, had only made us curious.
Hence, yesterday evening we went and check them out.
A simple back-litted name and logo, and a retractable blue and white shade introduces one to the single shop lot situated cafe. Up front are nicely arranged cakes and alike in a chiller cabinet, while a long bar with high chairs stretches along the right side of the entrance. And in the middle, was a rather peculiar shaped door and window frames in bright blue, which contrasts against the all white plaster-less brick wall. Wish we had snapped better pictures of the entrance, but we only managed to snap from afar to avoid being awkward.
Don’t like our grainy looking picture? Well you may view their Facebook Page, to get a better visual.
As we enter, the first thing that caught our eyes was NOT the coffee machine on the bar counter on the left, but instead, an iMac sitting on an Ikea derived Expedit work desk and bookcase combo really surprises us. Then, on the far end of the interior was a elevated deck platform for seating, while below it were book shelves, cozy armchairs paired with lil’ black coffee tables. While the regular seating are plain wooden white tables coupled with white chairs that comes with some ergo-looking black seating pieces.
Simple and cozy as the place may look, it’s no surprise we found a person or two sitting in corners working (looks like designing) on their laptops. We reckoned the place would certainly do with some soft, jazzy music playing as ambiance.
We walked in, gotten ourselves a table for two, and then came a person showing us the day’s special on an ‘iPad’ (this is cool), and handed us each sheets of paper menu filled with coffee, tea and other beverage options. It was a waste that we didn’t manage to capture a snap shot of that as we were too stunned to snap a picture of that. Haha
So we made our picked.
We only had water for a start, as we wanted save our taste buds for the for the food. That came really quick, followed by a small dish of Acar (a pickling of long beans, cabbage, carrot) over a piece of raw lettuce. Due to the fact the Acar is sour, it probably help to open up our appetite further looking forward for our orders to arrive.
Then came our orders…
First, was the Chicken Fillet Set, where a generous portion of deep fried pieces chicken fillets served with rice and a thai-sauced salad on the side. What makes it special was probably the what-taste-like nam yue (fermented beancurd) seasoned chicken fillet. While a sambal complimented the dish well.
Next, was the Vegetarian Fish Set, where a dish of a bean curd made fish with eggplant with gravy over them, served with *again* rice and thai-sauce salad on the side. The gravy complimented both the dish and the white rice well. While we managed to asked for a sambal to go with it. We must say, being a vegetarian dish, we reckon the msg was minimal, as our in-built msg triggered headache wasn’t ringing the bells, which was good.
Overall, they were both hearty meal sets worth trying and we were indeed quite stuffed.
But we definitely would want to try their coffee, and since it’s our first time there, we decided to go for their ‘signature’ Dotz Special. Oh to our surprise, we were then asked for whether we want the Banana or Mint flavour, so we picked Mint as we didn’t really fancy Bananas.
It came rather quick, a medium sized tall glass of what looks like latte with a slight dash of green. There was a simple etching over it’s froth, which shows these ppl are rather serious about their coffee. Taking our first sip, we found the bold hint of Mint, slightly overshadowing the original coffee taste (which we think a lil’ more coffee or a trim of the mint flavour would help). Then there was the aroma, where later we were told that there was a mild hint of macadamia in it too. Hence, indeed, it was quite special. Not forgetting the coffee was served with two chocolate chip cookies.
Will definitely go back to try out the other stuffs in the near future.
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