August 20, 2013

FLOCK ~ A Laid Back Family-Style Café @ Tiong Bahru

My friend is one person who is more critical than any food critics or bloggers I know. It'd be interesting to have him write a guest post, I imagine it to be brutally honest and laced with venomous doses of sarcasm. Would that actually make a blog post more interesting to read? Lol! Dear readers, please let me know! Anyway, when he said he's bringing me to Flock Café at Tiong Bahru for brunch, I reasoned that the place must be quite nice to warrant repeated visits from him, right? Ok lah, QC (quality check) passed. Let's go!

In the recent years, Tiong Bahru has evolved from being one of the oldest residential estates in Singapore to an area where the hippest cafes and eateries converged, trending up the nostalgic charm of the neighborhood by much. Nestled in one quaint corner is Flock Café.

The décor is kept minimalist with an industrial-chic look, coupled by wooden furniture which provides some warmness. Adding a nice touch is the sky blue accent wall with hanging polaroids and magazines by the side for our reading pleasure. While lively chatters filled up the whole place, it was at an acceptable level and definitely not too overwhelming for us to hold a decent conversation without raising our voices, which I think is also partly attributed by the appropriately spaced tables.

Their weekend brunch menu sports the usual fare including Eggs Benny ($15.90), Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Croissant ($14.90), Pancakes & Berries ($12.90) as well as gourmet sandwich offerings of Pork Cheek & Gruyere ($13.90) and Portobello & Mozzarella ($13.50). My friend thought the pricing is a bit on the steep side, but I thought it's quite standard.

I was feeling rather famished so I ordered the Big Breakfast ($19.90) which came with a bit of everything - baked beans, chipolatas, crispy bacon, portobello, roasted potatoes, tomatoes, sourdough bread and two poached eggs which flowed beautifully. While the plating may not be strikingly fanciful or polished, the items were decently executed and tasty enough for everything to be finished off. Same goes for my friend's order of Egg Sally ($14.90) with poached eggs, smoked salmon, rocket, hollandaise sauce and French country loaf.

A selection of Gryphon Tea and Coffee (roasted by Liberty) will make the brunch experience complete, but when the mood craves for something non-caffeine, there's always the fresh juices too.

Compared to some of the more high profile establishments in the vicinity, Flock seems very much like the girl-next-door, quietly alluring us with its unpretentious demeanor, exuding a family-style vibe which made us feel comfortable at once. While some cafés seems to come across as the place to be seen at, Flock strikes me as more of a laid back place where I'm not afraid to be seen wearing my sloppiest comfortable weekend best to simply sit back and chill out in the relaxed atmosphere. Yes, my kind of place. This is where I'd flock to with my friends again.

Flock Café
Address: Tiong Bahru - 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25, Singapore 162078
Contact: +65 6536 3938
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 8am-6pm / Fri-Sat 8am-10pm / Sun 8am-6pm

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