Senate Coffee – Coffee & Grain Bowls By The Team Behind Populus
Gone are the days when we are having granola or smoothie bowls. Grain bowls are having a moment here with more choices popping up. From the folks behind The Populus Coffee & Food Co., Senate Coffee is an outpost at Great Eastern Centre serving speciality Coffee, artisanal teas and scrumptious grain bowls. Good location, in my opinion, as the crowd from CBD are after light and healthy lunch options.
To be honest, grain bowl doesn’t sound like the most exciting lunch option for my dining partner and I. Plus, she is a complete carnivore, so that makes things more difficult. But when we look beyond our impression of tasteless plates of greens, there can be endless possibilities.
Senate does a variety of tasty (and healthy) grain bowls. If you are too lazy to create your own bowls, choose from their curated ones including Pulled Pork ($15), Roasted Cod ($19.50), Roast Chicken ($15), Tuscan Lamb Shoulder ($17.50), Braised Beef Cheek ($19) and Marinated Silken Tofu ($14).
Of course, you have a choice to craft your own bowls from $15.50 where you can to choose from
– 1 base: 3 grain mix, wild & brown rice salad, soba noodle salad, super greens
– 1 protein: 8hr pulled pork, teriyaki roasted cod (add $4.50), roast chicken, tuscan lamb shoulder ($2.50), slow braised beef cheek (add $4), marinated silken tofu
– 5 add ons: (too long to type out the list but…) interesting choice include zucchini & herb salad, marinated mixed mushrooms, furikaki charred baby corn, sous vide egg, Thai marinated funghi, pistachio dukkah etc.
I went for the slow braised beef option with 3 grain mix jazzed up with tangy Thai marinated funghi and mixed mushrooms. The beef was braised till a soft and tender consistency, which should work well with the sous vide egg (if it was more flowy). I thought my own creation was quite refreshing, and full of fun flavor, like a vacation in a bowl!
My carnivore dining partner, on the other hand, had a soba based bowl with super boring looking ingredients. But the 8hr pulled pork did help to kick up the flavor and make those grain bowls pop. So the answer to a better grain bowl is all about how you’re topping it.
For breakfast, pick from the Nutrient Bowls like Luxury Granola ($7), Coconut Chia Pudding ($7.50) and Power Smoothie Bowl ($7.50). Of course, how can you leave Senate without having their specialty coffee? Using their own roasted beans from 2Degrees North (70% brazilian 30% el salvador coffee), my cup of latte has a strong nutty flavor of hazelnuts, making this a delightful way to start your day.
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