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Hot 100 2019
Featured In 4 Guides
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Channeling Sunday Brunch Vibes Love the food at The Populus cafe and it’s evident how many other people love them as well. It’s 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 “Chicken Rice” Don - Jamaican Rum Bananas Sundae with Waffles - Hot Latte (or any hot milk coffee based drinks for the latte art!)
Melissa
3d
The “Chicken Rice” Don The Populus’s 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’s 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’t too sour. Even though I’m not a fan of pickled ginger, the version here is quite good as the flavour is milder than other places, it’s not too sharp and certainly does not overpower the other ingredients. While this certainly isn’t the local chicken rice that we know, it’s 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’t disappoint. It’s smooth, and the blend is nutty with a fragrant roast aroma.
Melissa
3d
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Har Cheong Kai Burger When I see this on the menu, my immediate concern is if it’s too oily. The least thing you need is the bun soaking in oil. Because that’s just nasty. It can get overwhelming.
Jason
3w
Lobster Roll Brunch at refinery. Never been here. Check out the lobster roll. Did you know that in the 18th century America, lobsters were fed to prisoners because they were considered nasty? Maybe that would explain their high incarceration rate. Packed with enough lobster.
Jason
3w
Refinery Waffle ($14) The Refinery Waffle actually comes with a fresh waffle, blueberries, strawberries, hazelnut crumble and vanilla gelato but we asked to change the vanilla gelato to matcha sherbet and the staff obliged. The waffles came fairly quickly, waited for less than 10 minutes for them. They’re served with a side of maple syrup, so you can pour it over your waffles to your liking. The fresh waffles are crisp on the outside, yet soft, airy and light on the inside. They are really yummy and don’t get soggy that fast even after coming in contact with the ice cream. We really enjoyed the matcha sherbet, which had a strong matcha taste, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. I’d rank this as a 3.5/5 on the matcha intensity scale, enough to satisfy a matcha lover, but not enough to become too bitter after a few mouthfuls. What was confusing was the name ‘sherbet’ though, as this was incredibly creamy like a gelato. It tasted good, so I’m not complaining, just puzzled by how it’s named. It does become quite melty after 5 minutes or so, so it might be a good idea to push the ice cream off your waffles to minimise sogginess. The blueberries were super super sweet! Yay! But I’m not sure if it’s just luck since the fruits are probably a batch by batch thing. To be honest, I don’t think the hazelnut crunch added much to the dish. We could’ve done without it and I wouldn’t notice much of a difference. Maybe some honey roasted, spiced nuts or nut brittle would’ve been a better addition?
Melissa
6w
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