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๐Ÿ“๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž & ๐…๐จ๐จ๐ ๐‚๐จ. โ˜•๏ธ #teesfoodreviews 7/10

I went to Populus for dinner on a weekday, and got the ๐’๐ž๐š๐Ÿ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐ž (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”++), which is linguine in a homemade lobster bisque as the pasta sauce, accompanied with crabmeat and scallops! Overall, taste-wise this was a 9/10 for me - I really enjoyed it, other than the fact that the portion was HUGE for me (or maybe Iโ€™m just a small eater...) ๐Ÿคญ However, the lobster bisque was well-executed, could really taste the sweetness of the seafood!!! ๐Ÿคค And as you can see they were pretty generous w toppings too ๐Ÿคฉ However, I did feel that prices were pretty steep, as I paid close to $31 nett for a main in a cafe! But this was really good so I guess no regrets ordering it bc really quality ingredients ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

I also got the ๐ˆ๐œ๐ž๐ ๐‚๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ”.๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ++) - and while Populus has coffee in their name, I felt it was just pretty avg like a 6/10! Definitely still enjoyed it, but not the smooth/silky/nutty taste notes that I prefer heh.
โ€จI would go back to Populus to try their brunch items, which actually look really good ๐Ÿ˜ And really, their seafood linguine is worth a try!!

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However, the ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ (๐—ฆ๐—š๐——$๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜) was quite a disappointment... 3/10 for me given how EXTREMELY expensive it was... โ˜น๏ธ firstly, the pancakes did not taste like pandan at all, which was really disappointing since we only ordered it because it was supposedly pandan-flavoured! but yeah... it was a bad choice because it just felt like they put green colouring into the usual pancakes. the other components did not go well with it either, such as the berries; and the ice cream that came along with it was Pulut Hitam (black glutinous rice) so it was kinda strange. some suggestions I have for this dish would be 1) include some coconut component e.g. swap the pulut hitam ice cream to a coconut ice cream 2) increase the pandan aroma.

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As usual, I also took away some cakes from the cafe! First was the ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—š๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ (๐—ฆ๐—š๐——$๐Ÿด.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜), which I really enjoyed! But it was slightly too sweet towards the end - though I loved the combination of Gula Melaka and salted caramel - 7-7.5/10! My personal favourite was DEFINITELY the ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ (๐—ฆ๐—š๐——$๐Ÿณ.๐Ÿด๐Ÿฌ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜) - it had the right amount of spice, was moist yet not oily, and was not too sweet throughout the time I was eating it - 8.5/10! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Personally, the highlight of this cafe is definitely COFFEE - especially the ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„ (๐—ฆ๐—š๐——$๐Ÿด.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜), which I rate a solid 9/10!!! only -1 point is bc its $8.50 for 250ml which is really pretty expensive ๐Ÿ˜… Would still go back for it once in awhile though!

I also tried their ๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ (๐—ฆ๐—š๐——$๐Ÿณ.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜) at the cafe itself, and it was really good too - strong, smooth, yet not overpowering! 8/10 from me given how good the cold brew was ๐Ÿคฉ

๐Ÿ“ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž โ˜•๏ธ 6.5/10 #teesfoodreviews

Made a trip down to Baristart Coffee for an early dinner, and I really love the vibes of this cafe! Itโ€™s centrally located, yet the lighting and ambience is really on point ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ Baristart prides themselves on using Hokkaido BIEI Jersey Milk, which is only produced by about 1% of cows in Japan!

We tried the ๐Ž๐›๐ข๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐จ ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐š๐๐จ๐ง (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–.๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽ+) as well as the ๐‡๐จ๐ค๐ค๐š๐ข๐๐จ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐›๐จ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐š (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•.๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽ+). Safe to say, the Butadon was my favourite - would rate it a 7/10! Just LOOK at those beautifully placed slices of pork ๐Ÿคค The generous amounts of meat, coupled with the savoury & sweet Teriyaki seasoning really was to my liking. However, I did find some slices of pork to be slightly too tough - so just something to take note.

On the other hand, the Hokkaido Carbonara was kinda an overhype.. โ˜น๏ธ thought it wouldโ€™ve been really cool to try a carbonara pasta cooked with Hokkaido milk + its one of their featured dishes, but heh honestly think this dish left much to be desired... think it does have quite some potential though so hm Iโ€™ll say overall like 5/10.

And to end off our meal, we had the super cute ๐’๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐จ ๐Š๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ—.๐Ÿ–๐ŸŽ+ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ž๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ - ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐‡๐จ๐ค๐ค๐š๐ข๐๐จ ๐๐ˆ๐„๐ˆ ๐‰๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ค)! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿจ Except uhm the one we got was kinda disfigured and looks like its v sad even though we kinda ordered it for the gram ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ... HAHAHA but it does taste pretty good!! Basically like a typical bingsu, but hm nothing too unique about it other than how cute it looks. Though I must give credit for the super yumz Hokkaido Milk drizzle so 6.5-7/10 (?)

Overall, I may return for the butadon, but not really sure if itโ€™s worth the trip down. But maybe Iโ€™ll try it again one day if Iโ€™m in the area - or if Iโ€™m looking for a place with nice ambience and coffee โ˜บ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐‚๐‡๐ˆ ๐Ÿ› 9/10 #teesfoodreviews

found this gem of a place thanks to a friendโ€™s recommendation, and we really LOVED the food here!!

Came here for the ๐‚๐ซ๐š๐› ๐—๐Ž ๐…๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ž (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ), and it was SO GOOD!!! like actually rate it a 10/10 ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿคฉ this dish was SO well executed; a basically perfect fried rice, one of the best iโ€™ve had. all the components goes so well together in terms of taste and texture; and the portion is rather generous as well!!! the first thing that hit me when this dish was served to us was the wok-hei ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ and the seasoning was totally on point too (loved the generous amount of XO sauce, yet not overpowering), and the texture was further enhanced with the addition of tobiko fish roe!! and just look at that MOUNTAIN of crab meat ..... so so good rly ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ actually craving the fried rice while typing this... but yeah only thing to note is the portion is quite a lot and can be quite carb-heavy/jelak, so do share it with a friend and order a non-carb dish especially if youโ€™re a small eater!

Next, the ๐€๐ง๐ ๐ค๐š๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐š๐ฐ๐ง๐ฌ (๐’๐†๐ƒ$๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐Ÿ‘-๐Ÿ’๐ฉ๐œ๐ฌ) was REALLY good too ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ prawns were seasoned with shio kombu, burnt butter and garlic, and was super fresh and well-executed!!! ๐Ÿคฉ and tip: the burnt butter goes SUPER well with the fried rice so if you order both, donโ€™t forget to leave some of the butter for your rice!!

only downside is that prices are slightly steep (expect to spend ~$25/pax) but NO REGRETS will definitely return!!!! do go give this place a try, especially if youโ€™re in the CBD โœจ #chichidiningsg

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