The Populus Coffee & Food Co.

4003 Wishlisted
~$25/pax
We are a gastro-cafe serving up contemporary progressive café nosh and speciality coffee

146 Neil Road
Singapore 088875

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Sunday:
09:00am - 07:00pm

Monday:
09:00am - 07:00pm

Tuesday:
09:00am - 04:00pm

Wednesday:
09:00am - 10:30pm

Thursday:
09:00am - 10:30pm

Friday:
09:00am - 10:30pm

Saturday:
09:30am - 10:30pm

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We decided to get something different at Populus today and we thought of trying the Truffle Wagyu Beef rice bowl! Our first thought when the dish came was - it looks so healthy! Indeed, this is arguably one of the healthiest items on the menu, and the dish did not feel greasy at all! The mainstay of the dish would be the seared slices of beef, and it was accompanied by purple cabbage, ginger, finely-sliced cucumber and a ramen egg! The beef was prepared pretty well and it was not overcooked although we felt that the meat was a little too lean.

However, we felt that the dish was a little too tasteless, because even though it was topped with onion and apple sauce, the amount of sauce was pretty little and it was distributed quite unevenly. Hence, for the most part of the dish, there wasn't much taste to it. Perhaps we should have mixed the dish before starting our meal, instead of trying to maintain the arrangement of the stuff in the bowl as we eat? 😁

At $24++, it was a pretty standard price for a beef bowl. However, do note that Populus is pretty popular so you should probably make a reservation before dining here!

Populus serves it's signature cold white coffee in what looks like a beer bottle and it was really good! The drink was really creamy and the taste of coffee was pretty light, so it ended up tasting like a slightly sweet drink to go with your meal. While the cafe serves the drink together with a cup, we would advise you not to pour the coffee into the cup until you are about to drink it, as the drink becomes dilute really quickly!

Do give it a try as this is one-of-a-kind, even though it's price is slightly steep at $8++! You can also buy the drink as a takeaway, but you may wish to note that no preservatives are added to the drink and you should refrigerate it as soon as possible, and finish it within a week!

A heavier salad version made up of chilled buckwheat soba noodles as the base, which was savoury and zesty. The noodles were mixed with mushrooms, edamame, pickled cucumbers and cabbage; and dressed in a lime & sesame sauce. A tad salty but the roasted cod fish was the highlight as they were tender, flaky and had a nice texture. Generous large pieces and worth every buck.

☕️Housed along Neil Road is a notable constant in our lives, The Populus - our go-to place for coffee and cafe food done with great finesse.

🥐Ft. The Populus Scramble [$18.5]

💬One of our all-time faves, The Populus Scramble offers a great balance between texture and flavour (think soft creamy scramble, flaky croissant with its layers of goodness, topped with grilled bacon that packs a punch of flavour!). If you are not a fan of bacon, you could request to change it to mushrooms too (equally tasty)!

💭Where do you go to get your croissant/scramble fix? Let us know!

❗️P.S. As they are really popular, we would strongly encourage making a reservation to avoid a long waiting time!

📍The Populus
146 Neil Road
🕰 Opening hours:
Mon-Wed/Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm
Thu-Fri: 9am-9pm

Truffle fries that was really good! Wasn’t oily at all but the truffle taste could have been more pronounced!

Ordered the croissant with scrambled eggs, avocado superfood salad on sourdough toast and a roasted chicken grain bowl. Surprisingly good for cafe food!!

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