Wifey was at a meeting nearby so we decided to drop by The Populus for dinner. We had walked past on Tuesday but it was closed. We had wanted to try out this place since it opened in Oct 2015 but had not been able to. Lucky for us, it was a Thursday today and they closed at 10:30pm!
The Populus is just a few shops away from The Lokal along the same Neil Road. It has quite a large seating area with a simple, modern deco. Warm lights on a high ceiling creates a homely atmosphere where friends can just gather and chit-chat over food and coffee.
Plain water is self-serviced and they accept credit card payments for totals above $50, which is quite steep in my opinion. Lower than that, you can pay by cash or NETS.
We looked through the menu (and Instagram) and ordered:
- Flat White ($5.50) – Beautiful latte art and smooth coffee.
- Shoestring Fries ($7) – A bit hard but surprisingly did not have the usual oily taste of fries, and made us felt healthy munching it.
- ‘Ginger Beer’ Pork Collar ($23) – This has a 20min cooking time according to the menu, but we didn’t need to wait that long. The menu also says it’s a ‘charred ginger beer marinated pork collar, roasted butternut squash with spicy yoghurt, honey coriander salsa verde, apple slaw’. That’s quite a mouthful but it tasted delicious! The pork was tender and the squash was crunchy and not mushy.
- Buckwheat Pancakes ($20.50) – This also has a 20min waiting time, and it’s a ‘soft & fluffy buckwheat pancake, berry fruit compote, passion fruit curd, corn flake crumb, thyme infused maple syrup, flowers’. It looked like a mess on the pan but it tasted beautiful. The pancakes were soft even though its made out of buckwheat, and the corn flake crumbs gave the mixture a very unique crunch.
Overall a very satisfying meal indeed 🙂