Food Review: Flock Cafe @ Ghim Moh | The alternative to Tiong Bahru
The Place Are you a fan of original Flock Cafe at Tiong Bahru estate? By the same group of people, I found out lately that Flock Cafe has officially opened its second outpost at Ghim Moh since the start of the year, within walking distance to Holland Village and Buona Vista MRT stations. I always find modern cafes within old estates charming, which explains why it is relatively easy for me to fall in love with the Ghim Moh branch even without trying the food. The cafe is not huge, which can probably accommodate less than thirty people at one go. I like the simplistic and somewhat minimalist look to the cafe, think wooden tables and Peranakan inspired floor tiles, and a gigantic chock board which showcases the full menu at Flock Cafe.
The Food For a small cafe, I am surprised by the variety offered in the menu. Not too overwhelming in terms of choices, but there is bound to be something to everyone’s liking. Choose from the All-Day breakfast, Meats & Fish, Pastas and Bar Bites sections. Beverages wise, the cafe has recently obtained its alcohol license so there are a few ciders and beers for now (and probably more brands to come). I am still a coffee person when it comes to cafe so I was already firmed on having my dose of caffeine.
The Genmatcha Latte ($6.50) was a good start for me, it is matcha latte infused with roasted brown rice. No wonder it taste so different from other matcha lattes I have tried before, as the roasted flavour is quite strong, balancing well with the aromatic matcha taste.
For the Latte ($5), Flock Cafe uses beans from local coffee roaster Liberty, from its Speak Easy blends. It suits people who does not like an overly strong or acidic coffee flavour. I find the latte relatively easy to down the latte on an empty stomach, the taste is milder but nevertheless still managed to give me that caffeine kick in the morning.
If there is only one item you can stomach, I highly recommend the Cheeky Eggs ($14). There is nothing I do not like about this dish – Poached eggs with braised pork cheek on toasted brioche topped with Hollandaise sauce. Every component is stellar on its own, especially the ultra-delicious toasted brioche. The braised pork cheek complimented the brioche very well as both elements are tender, and you just have to take it all in one mouth with the egg as well to get the best oomph out of it.
The poached eggs is executed nicely as well, just look at how well the yolk flowed.
For the pastas, try the Pork Cheek Rigatoni ($14) with the equally good braised pork cheek, prepared daily in-house for a few hours.
One of the latest addition to the Flock Cafe at Ghim Moh is the Waffles, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs ($14), a very photogenic dish that we foresee will be on every instagram post soon. We requested for our bacon to be super crispy, which didn’t disappoint. I like runny and slightly cheesy scrambled eggs, which goes well with the crispy waffle texture.
I heard that some of the desserts are from local brand Patisserie G, which I am quite a fan of. So it was a no brainer for us to try the Lemon Curd Tart and the Cheese Cake. My favourite still goes to the Lemon Curd, my all-time sweet spot. This version is neither too sweet nor overly sour, with a nice crispy tart.
The Cheese Cake is one of those which does not make me feel like shunning the next bite after awhile, as it is not too rich for me, which is a good thing in my opinion. Probably one of those cheese cakes which I can finish on my own.
Rants Not exactly a rant on the cafe, but the parking lots around the vicinity neighbourhood is quite limited. If there is one rant to make about the cafe, we just wish the space is much bigger.
Will I return again? The food at Flock Cafe is definitely one of the better ones around in the cafe scene. The fairly reasonable price is another reason to be back.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Flock Cafe @ Ghim Moh
Blk 21 Ghim Moh Road #01-213
Tel: +65 6710 7804
Tuesday – Sunday: 9am to 6pm