Although this dish does not have a heart-shape on the menu (which indicates the chef’s recommendations), we all think that this dish is worth a try! The roasted salmon is soft and tender. Definitely satisfying for a fish lover like me! The rice tasted like the sticky Japanese sushi rice, drizzled with delicious mayonnaise seasoned sauce and furikake (Japanese seasoning). 😋 The rice tasted marvellous with the seasoned sauce! The fish roe on top of the salmon was an added bonus. The onsen egg was well-cooked and oozed out like how an onsen egg should be! Yumz~
Warriors Rating: 4/5
This donburi belongs to the same family as the Salmon Donburi above. All ingredients remain the same except the meat. As its name suggest, Wagyu Donburi is made of Wagyu Beef. The beef’s tenderness was okay, but definitely incomparable to those that we have eaten in Japan. Some of the Japanese Wagyu Beef that we have tasted in Japan, was so heavenly! The ones in Japan really melts in your mouth! But, the one we had here, at the Populus, is not as great, but decent. The rice and the seasoning is still as great.
Even though there is a heart-shape for this dish (i.e. chef recommendation), it is not a must-try unless you love beef and are craving for it at the moment.
Warriors Rating: 3/5
This dish is also one of the chef’s recommendations. The bowl of Thai inspired red curry & parmesan stew comes with a roasted chicken leg, half a loaf of turkish bread, edamame beans, potatoes and carrots.
Fortunately, the stew was not as spicy as we thought it would. So, it’s safe for consumption for all non-spicy eaters! 😉 The coconut fragrance was stronger that expected. The chicken leg was tender and the bread & curry combination is great (like how we usually eat mantou with chilli crab’s sauce). This dish was alright, but not fantastic. So, in our opinion, it’s not a must-try.
Warriors Rating: 3/5
We were all surprised by the amazing ambience of the cafe. Its interior design gives off a classy feel, and the dim lighting makes this cafe a good place for dating and chilling. 😉 Accompanied with the soothing background music, and synchronised uniform that the Waiters and Waitresses are wearing, for once, we thought that we were at a restaurant.
Another point worth a mention is the serviette for each patron. The serviette was of a high quality – thick and big. In fact, it looked like those cloth napkins at restaurants or wedding dinner. 🤔 This caused us to wonder if there is a necessary for that big a piece as we doubt we need to wipe our mouth using such a wide surface area.. not very environmentally friendly too.
Overall, we still think that it’s worth a try, given the great ambience, good customer service and decent food. 😊
Address: 146, Neil Road, Singapore 088875 (nearest MRT station: Outram Park)
Official Website: http://www.thepopuluscafe.com/
No service charge.
Visited on 11 November 2016.
After 5 warriors