Cafe Bouncing

Cafe Bouncing

Hopping from weekend brunch to weekend brunch ✌️🦘
Chew Sher Mein
Chew Sher Mein

A reasonable portion for $15. A hearty tomato stew filled with vegetables, garbanzo beans and chunks of chorizo with two eggs poached in it, and topped with some crushed wasabi peas. Its served with a few triangles of toasted sourdough.

It was served piping hot and the eggs were just set. The yolk was soft and just solid enough to spread like jam over the toast. And the sauce was tangy and the sausage was really delicious, with the garbanzo beans adding a nice texture to the sauce. The sourdough soaked up all that delicious flavor and paired beautifully with the eggs.

The final touch was the wasabi peas which added just that kick of spiciness and flavor. It's just really comforting and hot and delicious.

8/10

What a strange combination, prawn and asparagus and egg. A very cheery and aesthetically pleasing dish with a pale yellow omelette resting on a slice of sourdough, garnished with cherry tomato, sprouts, grated parmesan, feta cheese and cute sakura ebi. ($19)

The omelette is delightfully creamy on the inside and they are generous with the prawns which is good. The asparagus is thankfully not very prominent and consists of tiny chunks of the green vegetable. I was surprised at how bland the omelette is, but realized the salty feta and the ebi is supposed to balance out the flavor of the omelette.

The sourdough is a rather small portion. I would have liked a thicker and chunkier sourdough to mop up the delicious egg juices.

6.5/10

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These popcorn chicken bites ($18) are made of fresh chicken thigh battered with a buttermilk and spice mix and served with a trio of dipping sauces (Congo bongo, mango chili marmalade and house made chili).

Personally I like my popcorn chicken big and chunky, and these were unfortunately not that. The meat to batter ratio seemed slightly off. They were piping hot, crispy and seasoned well though and each dipping sauce brought forth its own unique flavor profile. My favorite was the sweet and spicy mango chili marmalade with its refreshing fruity undertones.

7/10

This is a huge plate of cauliflower ($15) which has been lightly steamed then crisped up slightly to give a slight blush of brown to these florets. It's lightly sprinkled with dukkha (a herb and spice condiment) and dressed with some Dijon dressing and sunflower seeds.

It was steaming hot and I had to let it cool a bit before I could comfortably tuck into the food. The cauliflower was cooked well with just the right amount of crunch and softness. The Dijon had a slightly sourish tang (which my dining partner disliked but I didn't mind because cauliflower is generally flavorless and it elevated the taste a little) and the sunflower seeds provided a welcome crunch.

Altogether, a rather well thought-out, well put-together vegetable dish perfect for snacking.

8/10

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This dish ($28) consists of chicken thigh cubes in a peanut and habanero-based curry. I was not expecting it to be as spicy as it was wow. I was really looking forward to a rich savory and sweet peanut butter flavor, but unfortunately I didn't taste any. :(

I did however, like the unique creamy, not-too-oily texture of this curry which went very well with the basmati rice it was served with. Chicken was also cooked well and really tender. The portion however, was really small, especially for big eaters. (A recurring problem with the dishes my dining partner and I ordered :/)

6.5/10

The trio of dips ($14.50) comes with a choice of 3 dips along with a basket of crostini which are brushed with rosemary olive oil and toasted to a crunchy perfection. My dining partner and I chose the smoky roasted pepper, hummus and tzatziki.

Oh my goodness the tzatziki was by far my favorite. It was tangy, creamy and refreshing and seasoned perfectly. There wasn't that jarring sour taste and texture I tend to associate with Greek yogurt. The smoky pepper has just the tiniest dash of heat, while the hummus is rich with a slight lemony flavor.

Overall, this is a super addictive and delicious starter but a tad messy because the crumbs from the crostini keep going everywhere. 😂

8.5/10

The basket contains what is arguably the best fried chicken in Singapore. We got five chicken pieces with a mixture of chicken parts including a generously sized chicken breast and thigh, as well as two wings and a drumstick. The dish came with a side of cheddar waffles and spiced watermelon cubes.

The chicken is cooked to perfection and not overly dry, even the breast meat. The batter though is its best point. It is crispy, beautifully seasoned with the perfect batter to meat ratio. And the chicken it encases just drips with juice from the first bite and is so super tender. The honey hot sauce delivers just the perfect kick of sweetness and isn't too spicy at all.

The waffles pair perfectly with the bourbon maple syrup provided. They're slightly soggy and I thought they could be crispier. Except for a slightly salty aftertaste I do wish the savoriness of the cheddar shone through more distinctly.

The watermelon was the strangest part of the whole dish. It isn't just spiced, it is spicy. It just doesn't seem to work for me but I did appreciate the refreshing crunch.

I think it's really quite worth is for $40. I'm not sure how authentic the food is in terms of being representative of Southern cooking, but that is pretty darn good fried chicken.

7.5/10

The Populus strikes gold a second time with their grain bowl. This limited edition seafood bowl ($22.50) was a work of art and tasted as good as it looked :)

The seafood consisted of roasted cod loin, Japanese scallop and flaky crab meat. It was garnished with ginger, pickled cabbage and cucumber and sat atop some Japanese brown rice with mixed grains (quinoa, bulgar wheat and barley).

It tasted really flavorful and just filling enough. The rice grains were just perfectly cooked with a significant bite to them, without being mushy. The cod was a tad dry but still flaked easily with a fork. The Japanese scallops were my favorite; aburi-ed to perfection, sweet and very flavorful. And the vegetables were a delicious medley of crunchy and soft, sweet and sour.

My dining partner was very impressed by this cafe indeed. As was I.

8/10

This aesthetic bowl consisted of a colorful assortment of healthy vegetables and salmon resting atop a grain mix of quinoa, red rice and white rice. ($18) There were shredded carrot and beetroot, cherry tomato, edamame, sugar snap peas and lotus root. There was a $6 topup option for mushroom broth.

All the ingredients tasted really fresh and crisp. Its quite rare to find sugar snap peas in a bowl so I was really enjoying the crunch and the sweetness. The grain mix was also delicious, with the quinoa providing a lovely bite against the soft rice. My only gripe was the salmon; it was too thin to be that tender, flaky texture and didn't really have a strong miso flavor which was what I expected.

The cafe is gorgeous though. Floor to ceiling windows allow natural sunlight to stream in. There is a large communal table and the bustling but not too noisy ambience is perfect for getting some work done or people-watching while enjoying a cup of coffee.

This colorful and aesthetically appealing bowl ($24) was so delicious and tasted so clean and healthy!

There was a generous slab of thyme-seared wagyu beef atop three types of grain (quinoa, bulgar wheat and pearl barley). The sides included roasted butternut squash and zucchini, blistered cherry tomatoes, carrot and cabbage slaw, sauteed mixed mushroom and furikake baby corn.

The grain mix was the major highlight for me. Just the perfect mix of textures and grain sizes with a beautiful bite. The sauteed mixed mushroom was super flavorful and juicy, the coleslaw not too heavily dressed, and the vegetables roasted to a sweet perfection. The cherry tomatoes were juicy and provided a good contrast to the crunchy raw slaw and the corn. I also loved the nutty flavors imparted by the sesame seeds in the furikake baby corn.

And the beef; so delightfully pink and tender. Not the best beef or the juiciest, but certainly enough to stand its own in this delicious bowl.

I rarely think grain bowls are worth the price tag because how good can a grain bowl get? Thankfully, Populus has showed me a shining example of a simple grain bowl executed well.

9/10

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So much...green haha. I didn't expect a forest when I ordered this dish. This dish consisted of a grilled chicken breast with kale, sprinkled with couscous and some fresh guacamole on top.

The chicken breast, despite it being rather thin, was actually really tender and well seasoned. The kale...I'm not sure if it was supposed to be raw. It tasted kind of weird, especially with a drizzle of oil-based dressing, but its my first time having kale so perhaps I'm just not used to it. The highlight was definitely the guacamole, which added that delicious touch of freshness and creamy richness to the dish.

Its a teeny weeny bit overpriced for $20. But it tasted really clean and the flavors melded really well together (it was actually mostly the guacamole haha) so I don't have any complaints. Plus the cafe is absolutely beautiful with a lovely ambience.

7.5/10

One of the best things to eat after a workout. This lovely platter ($20.80) came with eggs (normally scrambled but I requested poached), sourdough, cherry tomatoes, a sausage, mushrooms and roasted potatoes.

The poached egg didn't have that flowy lava explosion unfortunately. But usually these eggs are a hit or miss. Still, letting the yolk soak into the sourdough made the exchange from scrambled to poached worth it.

The tomatoes were plump and juicy with well-cooked, tender mushrooms. The sausage was so juicy it dripped juices as I cut into it. And the roast potatoes were so crispy without being oily.

I loved the decor and ambience of this cafe, with windows letting natural sunlight stream in, real plants hanging everywhere and very vintagey decorations. The restaurant was quiet and peaceful, and my dining partner and I had such a cosy, intimate brunch. :)

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