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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.
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.
About a month ago, Twenty Grammes opened their second outlet in the heartlands of Ang Mo Kio. The flagship at North Bridge Road had earned a reputation for their waffles and salted egg yolk sauce served alongside and so they brought those very signatures to the North as well. But not just that, Twenty Grammes AMK also has new exclusive items such as the Yuan Yang Waffle and Soft Serve ice-cream at this outlet.
I came here twice within the span of one month and both times had experienced a sizeable crowd. There were however many tables available both indoors and outdoors so getting a seat was not really an issue. The first visit saw us zooming in for the Yuan Yang Waffles $15– which offers you the best of both worlds with 1/2 a charcoal waffle and the other 1/2 made up of the Belgian classic served with a twirl of milk soft serve and hazelnut sauce on the side to drizzle at your own pleasure.
From the same young lady behind Mean Bean & Wicked Grind, comes a new start-up which is slated to be the next it-place for after dinner desserts. Kaffles- a play on the word waffles and the owners’ initials (Kimberley and Kenny) is a waffle specialty eatery which shares the same space as The Stirling along Cheong Chin Nam Road. Opened only on Saturday nights between 6pm to 1am, Kaffles serves up a variety of waffles and ice-cream combinations from $9.50 to $12.90.
The Klassic Kaffles $9.50 which is buttermilk waffles served with your choice of ice-cream (Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Coconut etc.) comes complete with an inverted wafer cone dipped in chocolate and colourful sprinkles, and pocky sticks in between the waffle stack to keep them crisp and not soggy. A refreshing and interesting new look to the usual waffles combinations that we would see in cafes, I am sure this novel presentation will be a hit with many.
Thick toasts and homemade artisan ice-cream is all in the craze these days and Dessert Project along Havelock Road is no exception. Serving up unique ice-cream flavours such as Melon and Parma Ham, Thai Earl Grey, White Rabbit Candy and After Eight (inspired by the mint chocolate) atop a base of 3-inch thick toast, this dessert specialty cafe is everything sweet and guaranteed to have you on a sugar high with their waffles and lava cakes as well.
We ordered their Waffle $5.90 with a scoop of Coconut and Thai Earl Grey ice-cream ($3.20 for a classic flavour and $4 for a premium flavour), drizzled with Toffee sauce (additional $1). Frankly, we were not expecting much, having tried many waffles at different cafes before but boy were we pleasantly surprised when we cut through those golden brown layers. The batter was beautifully crisp, delightfully fluffy without being too airy and just a little chewy. Paired with dense creamy mounds of ice-cream which had bits of coconut flesh in one and subtle notes of bergamot in the other, this was a plate deserving of praise.
Karafuru Desserts is a Japanese-inspired cafe specialising in designer éclairs and yogurt parfaits. Set against an all-white backdrop with wooden accents and tessellated panels, the style is very minimalistic as the focus is on the glass display case of brightly-coloured, intricately-designed eclairs bathed in a glossy finish. Offering twelve varieties (four of which contain alcohol) daily, these Karafuru éclairs are priced between $6-$7. The yogurt parfaits on the other hand are all $16 with light fruity flavours such as the Yuzu-Cha, intense chocolatey ones like the Gianduja or Pancakes, which was inspired by the actual pancake dish. There are six choices in total for the parfaits.
The cafe only opens at 1pm and because we we arrived a little before that, we were just in time to catch the staff bringing out trays of charming oblong-shaped, cream-filled pastries and arranging them into neat rows according to their individual flavours. Everything looked so good, we were half tempted to order one of each.