Singaporeans go gaga for retro diner concepts, and with good reason. Comfort food in a casual, laidback setting — what’s not to like? I’ve never stepped foot into a proper American diner, but somehow the concept alone evokes a sense of nostalgia. And you may feel the same in the Muslim-owned Pop’s Cafe in Yio Chu Kang.
Perhaps the name is a nod to Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe from Archie Comics. Late-night hangouts with the gang over ice cream? You bet.
There are mint green feature walls lined with retro knick-knacks and neon lights, but the space is otherwise on the understated end of the spectrum. Take your pick from either indoor or al-fresco seating. You know where to sit for the best IG-worthy shots (hint: natural lighting).
Classic American diner fare
Hot dogs, chicken & waffles, burgers, milkshakes — you name it, they’ve got it.
The hot dogs come loaded with Mentaiko (S$7.90) and Truffle Egg Mayo (S$7.90), with their signature being the Pop’s Coney Dog (S$7.90), a messy affair of homemade chilli beef and nacho cheese. Bring wet wipes.
Craving for a hearty burger? Chow down on Pop’s Cheeseburger (S$9.90) or the Crispy Chicken Burger (S$8.90) that comes in a Nasi Lemak, Black Pepper, or Satay version.
Make it a full meal with a side of Seaweed (S$7.90) or Hot & Spicy (S$7.90) shaker fries, but you might as well go all out with Mentaiko (S$9.90) or Chilli Beef (S$9.90).
No diner experience is complete without Chicken & Waffle (S$9.90) and Milkshakes (S$6.90). Indulge your sweet tooth with flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake, Biscoff, Peppermint Choc Chip, and more.
Waffles & gelato
There is an assortment of desserts to choose from, but the Belgium Waffle with Gelato (S$8.90 for single scoop, S$10.90 for double scoop) is your best bet. Pop’s Cafe even closes at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays — it’s the perfect spot to lepak with friends.
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