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Les Patisseries @ 222 Upper Thomson Road

Previously located at Toa Payoh Central, Les Patisseries has since found a new home alongside the row of shophouses in Upper Thomson Road. Much more spacious, airy and naturally lit with rows of long communal tables set against the granite walls and a full view of their pastry kitchen, this cafe definitely got an upgrade from its former digs.

Currently still in its soft launch phase, Les Patisseries offers a small range of classic branch items and a slightly more extensive list of waffles dubbed the “Les Ultimate Waffles”. Prices start at $11 for brunch while the waffles range from $10 to $15.90.

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Between the six of us, we ordered the Croissant Benedict $14 and The Royale $15 for our choice of savouries. The former with its perfectly poached eggs and fried bacon strips neatly stacked atop an open faced buttery-crisp croissant was easy to like and enjoyable to eat. Though admittedly, the highlight had to be that torched creamy thick hollandaise sauce which smothered the eggs so effortlessly for the delightful smokey finish!

Froth Café @ BIG Hotel, Middle Road

Hidden within the stylish BIG Hotel, the industrial-chic Froth café serves both classic café favourites and contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. Helmed by a chef who previously worked at the Tippling Club, expect originality in dishes like Doritos Crush Winglets and Taro Waffles that come with a slightly more expensive price tag.

We started with a few appetisers from the newly launched Brunch menu, available only on weekends from 11.30am to 10.00pm. The Escargot Vol Au Vents $13.90 was a beautifully plated dish with garlic butter escargots atop a savoury soil, comprising of carrot puree, crushed nuts, mixed with cheezels and crushed coffee beans. It was a photographic dish that fell a little short on the execution, despite the many layers of ingredient in the dish.

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Next was the colourful Froth Salad $11.90. The smoked duck breast served on a bed of mixed greens, mint leaves, cherry tomatoes, sliced peach, orange, radish, raisins, and finished with a tangy truffle foam. Yet another a pretty looking dish from the menu, but I felt that the mint leaves could have been left out as it was a tad too overpowering in flavour.

The Populus Coffee & Food Co. @ 146 Neil Road

From the same people behind the wildly popular Department of Caffeine, comes a new collaboration with Two Degrees North Coffee Co. called The Populus Coffee & Food Co., located along the row of shophouses on Neil road and a mere distance away from newcomers The Daily Roundup, Luxe Singapore and heavyweight The Lokal. Slated to be the next big hipster cafe to hit the scene, its industrial chic look with copper border tables, wooden accents and marble notes is creatively on point and hard to fault. The food too with unique offerings such as “Spring Pancake & Fried Chicken” and “Ginger Beer Pork Collar” makes it an interesting stop for a refreshing change from the usual cafe brunch menu dishes.

We visited The Populus Coffee & Food Co. on a weekday afternoon after lunch hours and while the cafe was only in its soft launch phrase, most tables were already filled. Not difficult to imagine how much more crowded it can get during peak hours or after it officially opens on 11 November 15. Prices of the food here range from $16 – $23 while a Macchiato starts at $4.50. Orders are taken at the counter while the food is served to you.

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Between the four of us, we went straight for The Populus Scramble $17. Think soft creamy lusciously smooth scrambled eggs tucked on a bed of toasted croissant with a topping of marinated feta, slices of cut chilli and strips of streaky bacon for a decadent touch. We dare say that this glorious plate of breakfast elements was easily one of the best we have had. Enjoyable textures with a pop of colour, the portion was just right for either a hearty meal for one and also great for sharing.

Five By Five @ Thomson V One

Opened by the same people behind the now-defunct November 8 which was formerly located next door at Thomson V Two, Five by Five is the newest all-day-breakfast cafe to open in the Thomson area. Unlike its predecessor however, the latter is instead a white-tiled space with glass doors that allow natural light to stream through. The furniture too with its marbled tops and wooden accents sets the stage for a food photography shoot. Quite evidently, it was not too difficult to capture a good shot here at Five by Five.

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From the Mains, we had the Salmon Florentine $16.50 which came with two layered muffins of honey ham, smoked salmon and baby spinach- essentially an Eggs Ben + Eggs Royale + Eggs Florentine all rolled into one. While I would have preferred a creamier and richer Hollandaise sauce, the eggs were poached just right and it was overall a heartily portioned brunch item. Not one of the best I have had but still enjoyable. The cafe also offers other dishes such as Miso Roasted Pork $16.50, Japanese Beef Stew $18.50 and Chicken Bleu $15.50.

Habitat Coffee @ Upper Thomson Road Introduces New Menu and Dishes

Habitat Coffee is no stranger to both the Upper Thomson neighbourhood and cafehoppers in Singapore. This cafe has after all been one of the pioneers in the scene that has survived the test of time and remains a firm favourite with the crowds. Swing by during the weekdays and the place is packed, weekends brunch hours too are as expected, even more challenging to get a table. Fret not though, Habitat Coffee is now on Chope.co! Simply make a booking online and you will be ushered to a table the moment you reach. No waiting time necessary.

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It is no secret that Habitat Coffee serves good food and good coffee, which is what keeps the regulars coming back for more over the years. Not just your regular cafe grub but more than decent quality fare with huge portions and affordable prices. Brunch mains range from $11-$16, sandwiches start from $8 and pastas are $17 and below. What’s not to love? On top of that, to mix things up a little, Habitat Coffee recently also introduced a number of new dishes to their already rather extensive menu.