You don’t have to be overly hip and popular to hang out at Populus. Nevertheless, the crowd waiting to get a seat inside definitely makes you feel like you actually have to be.
Well Populus, as many other concepts in Singapore, are serving super nice & super healthy food or the other way around super nice & super unhealthy food. Whatever you are up to.
It took me a while to move my post-workout Saturday breakfast from “The Local” to “Populus” because the queues are equally long in both venues. It doesn’t quite matter which time of the day but for both venues they seem to be doing quite well for their lunch and brunch business. I wish I would own them.
So last time it took us some guts to get us into the queue for Populus. Fortunately, the waiter didn’t make us use the Reservation iPad on our own but keyed in all our wishes by himself including asking me for my phone number (not for private reasons, ha). Please read all my other reviews to find out what I think about the “iPad Reservation Tool”. Anyway, it didn’t take that long until we got the table and also in Populus you enjoy a similar claustrophobic experience like in Forty Hands Café. My friend and me not on the good side of our body odeur after our workout felt a bit weird at first but soon found out there are quite some people who seem to go there for post workout hangout (“The Smellies”).
Ordering goes at the counter but has a friendly and attentive service. We opted for some fabulous Buckwheat Pancakes, Avocado & Eggs on Toast as well as the Croissant. All dishes equally well prepared and with lots of attention – really tasty. We were so excited about what we had we returned straight away on the next weekend.
Populos goes well for parties of 2 I would say. With 3 or more people I assume you need to wait a bit longer and as said there is not that much space to hang out.
The waiters are friendly and the ambiance is super trendy and hip. I will be back for sure. Even though space requirements might not be the finest, it was quite ok to hang out as some half-smelly sporty girlies in a trendy setting like this.
The Populus Coffee & Food Co.
146 Neil Road, Singapore
+65 6635 8420