The last quarter of the year is definitely getting more and more interesting with opening of new cafes and revamping of menus going on. Located just a stone throw away from Outram Park MRT, The Populus has recently opened its door. A joint venture between Department of Caffeine and 2 Degree North Coffee, this new cafe aims to provide consumers with a well rounded cafe hopping experience. I have overheard an ang moh diner raving to his friend about the food and coffee as they sat down one table away from us. So let us take a look at their menu.
It is almost no brainer to guess that the coffee here was roasted by 2 Degree North Coffee. I had Caldera, a coffee blend of 2 beans – Brazil and Columbia over a latte ($5.50). It is medium bodied and has a hint of nuttiness ending with high acidity. From what I understand from the co-owner, this is a guest blend and it is while stock last. Kevin had a Coconut, Lemon and Lime smoothie ($7) which I thought was a brilliant idea of blending coconut ice cream into a smoothie. While I like how refreshing this beverage was with the citrusy notes from the lemon juice and lime zest, I am not a huge fan of the overwhelming coconuty taste of packed coconut milk which is found in many coconut ice cream.
Although, traditionally ragu sauce is a sauce with meat ground, minced or chopped, The Populus Cafe did it differently. The ragu beef sauce was cooked with a blend of asian herbs instead of using thyme or rosemary and has a texture similar to a pulled pork. With the sauce coated evenly with the pappardelle, this is a hearty dish to order.
We ended the luncheon with a iced chocolate ($8) and a pot of Momo in Black tea ($7.50). While the iced chocolate tasted milky and was nothing impressive, we were wowed by the Momo in Black tea by Tea Bone Zen Mind. It has beautiful peachy, floral notes and a nice tartiness with every sip I drank. No wonder, this is highly recommended by co-owner, Yi yang.
Just in case you are wondering where the kitchen is, it is located at the basement and all the food is transported up with a dumb waiter.Currently, The Populus Cafe is at its soft launch stage but I am already impressed with their food and I am looking forward to their full menu. Although, there are some hits and misses, this cafe is definitely a strong competitor for The Lokal. With a team of young and passionate service crew, prompt services and well thought out menu, I can easily said the Populus is one of the more promising cafe that has opened in the month of October.