Tanjong Pagar is certainly no stranger to an abundance of cafes, but we all know that not many have managed to pull through the high rental costs in the area. There are of course, several famous cafes we all often patronise for brunch or say, desserts and many have recommended The Populus Coffee and Food Co. has joined their ‘to-go’ list as well.
A hipster cafe indeed, business was brisk at around 11- odd on a Sunday morning as the establishment experienced an endless stream of customers. There were nice wooden expensive- looking furnishings and I was somehow reminded of a typical contemporary- looking cafe in Japan.
Roast Chicken Grain Bowl ($19.50)
The Roast Chicken Grain Bowl is prepared with all the right ingredients for the health- conscious diner. The juicy chicken was cooked fork- tender and was well- accompanied by a variety of vegetables such as the cous cous, Furikake baby corn, chargrilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes and L&P mixed mushrooms. Another available option is the Pulled Pork Grain Bowl at a similar price.
The Populus Scramble ($18.00)
Spotted on almost every table, the Populus Scramble was the stand- out winner during our visit. The scrambled eggs were comforting- silky and creamy, stacked with marinated feta, streaks of fatty meaty bacon and set atop a buttery crisp croissant. With a substantial serving as well, it is definitely a must- order at the cafe.
Buckwheat Pancakes ($20.50)
Another crowd favourite in which customers were certainly unfazed by the 20- minutes preparation. The fruity notes from the berry fruit compote and passionfruit curd was delightfully sweet with the thyme infused maple syrup, providing for most of the taste flavour of the dish. The dense Buckwheat pancakes had a delectable crisp to the sides and was delectably matched by the cornflake crumbs that provided for another gratifying layer of texture to the plate. However, I found it to be a tad heavy on the palate after a few mouthfuls.
A nice jolt of acidity made the cuppa provide for a great start to the day. One of the better coffees around the area, in my opinion.
Hitting all the right notes, brunch at Populus was certainly an ideal choice since it offered good food and service, coupled by a decent environment though the space was a little cramped and the place was a tad crowded and noisy. Nonetheless well yes, certainly one of the places I would consider going for brunch in smaller groups!
The Populus Coffee and Food Co.
146 Neil Road
Contact Number: 6635 8420
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.00am- 7.00pm
Thursday to Fridays, 9.00am- 10.30pm
Saturdays, 9.30am- 10.30pm
Sundays, 9.30am- 7.00pm