Located across Pinnacle @ Duxton (nearest MRT is Outram MRT Station), this gorgeous cafe decked out in hexagonal marbled tiles, rose gold finishings and modern wood panels serves tasty brunch items that we would definitely return for. Seats fill up pretty quickly on weekends, so swing by early with your friends. You must order the crowd favourite Populus Scramble ($17.50) that sees creamy scrambled eggs and feta chunks stuffed into a buttery croissant, spiced with sliced red chillies. Don't be fooled by the compact portion size, which belies how filling the combination is. For something healthier, go for the Pulled Pork Grain Bowl ($18), one of three grain bowls available. It's our favourite of the lot, considering how tender and well-seasoned the meat is. Served with a trio of quinoa, bulgur wheat and pearl barley, the well-balanced and nutritious bowl also comes loaded with lots of vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes and pumpkin. End your meal with one of their excellent coffees made with a house blend of beans from El Savaldore, Guatemala and Brazil. If you like your coffee milky but strong, go for their Magic ($5.50). If not, ask the friendly baristas for recommendation on their Filter Coffee (from $6)!
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Hilary See
Populous scramble $18.50
Perfectly seasoned and creamy scrambled eggs, the 'fold' kind. Crispy multigrain toast. Nothing to fault but abit ex leh.
Thai curry has a big influence on new item on Populus refreshed menu. The whole chicken thigh is roasted and not really stewed in the curry, unexpecting but different in a good way. The curry stew has lots ingredient such as tomato, potato, carrots, zucchini and edamame. Served with half a Turkish bread, which I was very tempted to ask for the other half, to soak up all the curry in the bowl, that would have been my legitimate reason. Satisfying alternative to brekkie options.
Populus Cold Brew ($4)
Yay, got my cold brew fix for the weekend. This is good! Not too sweet nor too milky! 😋
Spring onion & corn pancake, signature crispy succulent fried chicken thigh fillet, hint of cumin, house special ranch dressing
This dish had me at heirloom rendang (okay, maybe the recommended icon on the menu too 😅) and I'm really glad I ordered this.
The beef slabs fell apart effortlessly and the delectable gravy drenched the Japanese rice underneath too. I liked the Peranakan achar on the side, as well as the contrasting relief provided by the slaw. Can't really say the same for the zuke pickles, so I will probably request to omit or substitute it with the zippier red cabbage and apple slaw next time.
Signature soft creamy scrambled eggs, fesh herb melange, marinated feta, streaky bacon, toasted croissant
Despite new competition sprouting along Neil Road and Everton Park, this cafe decked out in beautiful tiles and classy rose gold furnishings is holding its ground with satisfying mains and good coffee. While the menu at Populus Coffee and Food Co. features a good list of delicious mains like the Rendang Donburi ($20), it also has a small section dedicated to healthier grain bowls that is easy to miss. Of the three bowls available (all have the same vegetable toppings but different proteins and bases), we enjoyed the Pulled Pork Grain Bowl ($18) the most. The meat is tender and well-seasoned, sitting on a bed of quinoa, bulgur wheat and pearl barley, and lots of vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes and pumpkin. It is a well-balanced, nutritious bowl that will fill you, and is available throughout the week for both lunch and dinner. Swing by for a quick lunch with colleagues, or come in the night with your friends and catch up in this cosy space.
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Kat Tay
For those who want to eat healthy yet don't want to sacrifice flavour, these grain bowls are for you. Set on a bed of quinoa, bulgar wheat and pearl barley mix, the well-seasoned and extremely flavourful proteins (i love the pulled pork the best) are served alongside yummy side ingredients like furikake baby corn (LOVE!), red cabbage and apple slaw, roasted zucchini, roasted butternut squash, sauteed cherry tomatoes and mixed mushrooms. Yummo.
The flavours all go really well and together, they make a really hearty meal. Just enough to satisfy my tummy without giving me a food coma in office afterwards. #Burpproved
Looking for something tasty and yet healthy? This is the place to be!🤗
Recommend the pulled pork grain bowl @ $19.50🍴
Roast chicken grain bowl with lots of veggies. The plate was surprisingly good.
Feasted too much and tried to order something 'light', or so I thought.
'Scrambled eggs on croissant' and truffle fries sounded kinda mild right? Wrong, they were huge and so my hubb and kiddo ate them instead!
Love big portions nonetheless 😍
Lovely tea, too 🎄🎉
Chilled buckwheat soba noodles, crunchy edamame, marinated mushrooms, pickled microgreens, and a sweet salty roasted cod loin that is beautifully oily.
Dressed in a tangy, sour savoury lime and sesame sauce. Clean, tasty!
146 Neil Road
Soft chewy spring onion and corn pancake, stacked with succulent chicken thigh, coated in a crisp, house special spice batter.
Bold savoury salty sweet flavours. Super filling too.
146 Neil Road