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Channeling Sunday Brunch Vibes Love the food at The Populus cafe and it鈥檚 evident how many other people love them as well. It鈥檚 packed on weekends, so make sure to make a reservation before heading down or you be in for quite a wait. They have an extensive All Day Breakfast and Grain Bowl menu, as well as amazingly crispy waffles that you can top up for (~20 min waiting time) when you order their sundaes. The Populus is my favourite place for waffles, as their texture ticks all my boxes. The drink menu here covers both caffeine addicts and non-coffee drinkers as they serve up Mork hot chocolate imported from Melbourne, as well as non-coffee lattes. They brew great coffee here as well, with some beautiful latte art that warrants ordering the hot drinks for. Recommendations: - The Populus Scramble (I personally it prefer it without the deluxe option of lobster bisque and crabmeat) - Bounty of the Sea Grain Bowl (for seafood lovers) - The 鈥淐hicken Rice鈥 Don - Jamaican Rum Bananas Sundae with Waffles - Hot Latte (or any hot milk coffee based drinks for the latte art!)
Melissa
3d
The 鈥淐hicken Rice鈥 Don The Populus鈥檚 take on chicken rice comes with a fried chicken cutlet, an onsen egg, pickled cucumber, purple cabbage, carrots, and ginger, with some mayo on top of a bed of Japanese white rice. The fried chicken is stellar, and luckily there鈥檚 an option to add on more fried chicken to your bowl if you want! We did not break the egg yolk to mix into the bowl this time but the rice was not dry thanks to the addition to mayonnaise. The pickled vegetables were great as well, as they remained crunchy, and weren鈥檛 too sour. Even though I鈥檓 not a fan of pickled ginger, the version here is quite good as the flavour is milder than other places, it鈥檚 not too sharp and certainly does not overpower the other ingredients. While this certainly isn鈥檛 the local chicken rice that we know, it鈥檚 a fantastic rice bowl combination and I would totally order this again and even consider adding on more fried chicken!
Melissa
3d
Hot Latte You had me at seahorse latte art. How beautiful is this cuppa? The seahorse even has a tiny eye dot - talk about attention to detail! I have such a soft spot for latte art that when I saw this I loved the coffee at The Populus already without taking a sip. Fortunately, the coffee didn鈥檛 disappoint. It鈥檚 smooth, and the blend is nutty with a fragrant roast aroma.
Melissa
3d
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Average Experience The academics breakfast was priced at $25. Looked superb but tasted subpar. I鈥檓 a huge fan of poached eggs, but this was the first time I had a dreadful experience with poached eggs. It was nicely done but not seasoned- it tasted like water. Thought that adding the egg and prosciutto on top of the bread would make it better, but no, the 鈥渨ater鈥 taste was still prominent. Coffee (the Manuka) wasn鈥檛 that great, tasted like another instant coffee, but the passionfruit with chia seeds drink was great!
Geraldine
2d
[Main Dish] Crispy Pork Belly Grain Bowl ($16) This was the free dish we got with Burpple Beyond main dish redemption. There鈥檚 an option to have the bowl with rice or mixed greens as a base - and we went for rice this round. After TCA鈥檚 menu revamp, they only have one rice bowl protein option on the menu, which is quite sad as I did enjoy the salmon grain bowl! The crispy pork belly grain bowl is quite enjoyable as well, but I did find that the pork belly was too salty to be eaten on its own. It has to be eaten with the other components of the bowl to mellow out the saltiness, but it does really add a lot of flavour. In addition, the pork belly was too fatty for this to be considered a healthy grain bowl. Bring back the other protein options please!
Melissa
1w
[Main Dish] Umami Pasta ($21) Al dente pasta cooked with shrimp, and topped with shio konbu and an onsen egg. It鈥檚 quite cute to watch the konbu flakes crinkling and moving about as the bowl sat on the table. After giving it a good toss, the resultant bowl of pasta was seriously umami as it鈥檚 name suggests. If you don鈥檛 know what umami means, just take a bite of this pasta. I鈥檇 suggest sharing this dish with someone else, because it did start to get a bit salty after a few bites although it was delicious.
Melissa
1w
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