For all of the 10 over years I lived in Tiong Bahru, breakfast meant chwee kuay, you cha kuay or fishball noodles to most of the residents there. In the recent bid to revitalize the Tiong Bahru estate, we now see numerous breakfast cafes springing up all over the quaint little neighbourhood. And while it might be true that the elderly generation do not take well to such delicacies, there never seems to be a lack of crowds in these stores.
I visited Flock Cafe with Kai earlier today – after deciding we felt like having brunch. Flock Cafe is one of the many cafes around the estate, and is easily located once you turn in via Kim Tian Road. With an estimated seating capacity of slightly more than 40, the family run cafe serves all day breakfast and fresh bread, amongst the other delicacies available.
You have an option of outdoor dining or indoor seating at Flock Cafe, but a word of caution: you might want to brave the humidity and heat (if any) on the outside if you don’t wish to smell of oil and food.
And if you’re not in the mood for an all-day breakfast set at Flock Cafe, you can always choose from their variety of dishes, ranging from pastas to pastries and even sandwiches. We hear the Portobello, Mozzarella & Rocket sandwich was worth the try, but pity we both are suckers for all-day breakfast sets.
Kai had her set meal of scrambled eggs topped with smoked salmon, nicely laid over a fresh and crisp butter croissant ($14.90). The eggs were supposed to be creamy scrambled but I guess the awesomeness of the smoked salmon masked everything out. Still delicious I must say. For those who swear off salmon, you have the option of crispy bacon, which I feel will be equally delicious!
I’m not a fan of poached eggs, ever since I first tried them at Hatched Cafe. However, I decided to give their Eggs Sally ($15.90) a try – serving with 2 poached eggs topped with Hollandaise sauce, smoked salmon, English muffin, and garnished with rocket (yes, the vegetable, not the space rocket -.-) While their poached eggs didn’t have much consistency (one was too runny while the other was equivalent of a hard boiled egg), it went perfectly well with the sauce and the smoked salmon. Then again, anything with salmon tastes awesome :)
Their breakfast sets that we ordered were reasonably priced for the quality and quantity of food. However, if there’s a down side to this cafe, I must comment that their our coffees tasted of nothing but milk.
Kai had their latte (top), while I ordered my usual cappuccino. Both came at $5.50 each, and although you could still enjoy the aroma and taste of caffeine, I thought my cappuccino was one of the milkiest I’ve ever drank.
Would I recommend a visit there? Yes, definitely. The food may not be of top notch quality, but the friendly service and quaint environment made up sufficiently for it. Between the two dishes we ordered, I preferred the scrambled eggs and croissant over my eggs Sally, so do give it a try if you happen to pop by.
Flock Cafe is located at:
78, Moh Guan Terrace
#01-25, Tiong Bahru Estate
(coupon parking available just behind the cafe)
Mondays – Thursdays / Sundays: 0800 – 1800
Fridays and Saturdays: 0800 – 2200