D’Vine Cafe – Minimalistic, Scandinavian Cafe with Lobster Crab Scramble & Clam Chowder on Croute in Jalan Besar!
The Jalan Besar neighbourhood has yet again welcomed another new cafe into the fold that goes by the name of D’Vine Cafe. Situated at 149 Tyrwhitt Road, the Scandinavian-themed cafe serves up a variety of brunch items, a mix of mains with Asian and Western influences, sweets, as well as intriguing beverages such as flavoured coffees and artisanal teas.
The spacious interior, with polished wooden tables, hanging vines and paintings that hang near the entrance, gives off a calming effect. There’s even a little nook occupied by their resident stuffed bears that will make for great Instagram photos. In fact, the cafe’s minimalistic vibe makes it a great place for one to recharge after a hectic day or week of work.
Start the day right with their brunch selection that includes classics such as Egg Ben Salmon ($16), their D’Vine Breakfast ($19) and Maple Griddle Cake ($12). For a filling lunch, try the vibrantly-coloured Aburi Salmon Bowl ($16), pastas like Wild Truffle Linguine ($18) and Carbonara ($16), and the curious, seafood-forward Pizzalicious Waffle ($22).
Don’t miss out on their gorgeously-plated desserts too. We always love ourselves a good Lemon Meringue Tart ($14) and Triple Chocolate Piece of Cake ($14), but the cotton candy-topped Buttermilk Waffle ($13) is equally tempting. As for their beverages, we’d recommend giving the Osmanthus Latte ($6.50/7.50) or Iced Tiramisu Monster Latte with Tiramisu Cap ($9) a go!
I opted to get the Lobster Crab Scramble ($19) and wasn’t disappointed with the glistening mound of eggs atop the soft and sweet brioche French toast. The scrambled eggs were beautifully creamy with the perfect amount of runniness and infused with the umami from the crab bisque. It was made even better with hefty chunks of baby lobster and lump crab, with no hints of fishiness.
I was instantly intrigued to see they had Clam Chowder on Croute ($10) on the menu and can definitely say D’Vine Cafe executed it fairly well. The puffed pastry could have afforded to be slightly more buttery and flaky but it did a good job of housing the warm and creamy clam chowder.
The clam chowder itself didn’t disappoint and comprised white clam, squid, bacon, carrot, celery and onion. Seasoned to perfection, it was the epitome of a heartwarming dish that reminds you of home (if home was New England, that is).
Even if you’re a non-veggie eater, you can’t go wrong with adding cheese to whatever greens you have and turning it into a little casserole-like dish. The Broccoli Au Gratin ($10) is a prime example of that and instantly won me over with its rich, cheesy flavours.
The well-cooked broccoli was properly coated with a blend of cheesy bechamel, yoghurt, smoked cheddar and mozzarella, yielding a glorious cheese pull whenever I dug in. The puffed buckwheat also added little pops of texture in between. 10/10 would order this again!
The menu does set itself apart from your typical cafe offerings, and the items I’ve ordered certainly were more hits than misses. I can definitely see myself making return trips to D’Vine Cafe, both for the vibes as well as the food!
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