Exploring Tiong Bahru: Brunch at Flock Café, Nana & Bird

By 20 February, 2014 Brunch, Food, Shopping 3 Comments
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Flock Café
78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25
Singapore, Singapore 162078
Opening Hours: Daily : 08:00 – 18:30
Tel: +65 6536 3938
Facebook page here.
www.flock.sg

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Ahhh, Flock.

Flock cafe is a wonder find to me, because

  • It is quiet (at certain timings) and conducive for those with mobile offices (aka trusty laptop)
  • It doesn’t close on Monday/Tuesdays etc – it’s almost always open, from 8am – 6pm daily
  • It has a very pleasing decor (which also makes me want to do work there somehow)
  • The food is not that bad at all! (Or maybe I just have weird tastebuds)
  • And most importantly, PARKING IS READILY AVAILABLE.

Unlike other cafes which had me going in circles finding parking lots (Drury, Lola’s.. Grrr) – Flock found it self in a very good spot amongst all the hipsters cafes opened in the Tiong Bahru area.

I say that because it’s located just outside a huge parking space! I’ve always resisted going to Tiong Bahru for brunch because of the lack of parking but after exploring the area, actually there’s plenty of parking lah, especially at Moh Guan Terrace!

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Bakes, cakes, the yummy carb-laden fluff!

Bakes, cakes, the yummy carb-laden fluff!

I love this little nook in the cafe. This part is outdoors, and I actually went there twice - sat once indoors, once outdoors. The weather was still cool back then and the grilled door allows ventilation so that's not so bad in that corner!  I like the privacy it offers - don't talk about the people sitting on the inside of the glass la, but I really hate it when people can see what I'm working on the laptop when I'm outside so this is a super comfy corner to me!

I love this little nook in the cafe. This part is outdoors, and I actually went there twice – sat once indoors, once outdoors. The weather was still cool back then and the grilled door allows ventilation so that’s not so bad in that corner!
I like the privacy it offers – don’t talk about the people sitting on the inside of the glass la, but I really hate it when people can see what I’m working on the laptop when I’m outside so this is a super comfy corner to me!

Beyond the counter - a narrow corridor leads to more seats at the back - an area I haven't explored! That section can get rather noisy though so I think I'll rather be seated outside.

Beyond the counter – a narrow corridor leads to more seats at the back – an area I haven’t explored! That section can get rather noisy though so I think I’ll rather be seated outside.

You can pick up books for your reading pleasure while you're at the cafe, and this angmo in the picture was asking the staff about more hip cafes in Singapore lol (it was interesting to listen).

You can pick up books for your reading pleasure while you’re at the cafe, and this angmo in the picture was asking the staff about more hip cafes in Singapore lol (it was interesting to listen).

Menu is perched high up on a chalk signboard. A bit neck breaking hahaha.

Menu is perched high up on a chalk signboard. A bit neck breaking hahaha.

Coffee is like the quintessential drink in all cafes but I've never appreciated it. The folks at Flock serve Liberty coffee and I've not heard any bad reviews about it, but I do wish that they had a better selection of teas!

Coffee is like the quintessential drink in all cafes but I’ve never appreciated it. The folks at Flock serve Liberty coffee.

 

I wished that they had a better selection of teas though - my first time there had me drinking rather bland tea : / I don't really like my tea sweetened, so it could have been left to seep a little longer for more flavor rather than me adding syrup...

I wished that they had a better selection of teas though – my first time there had me drinking rather bland tea : / I don’t really like my tea sweetened, so it could have been left to seep a little longer for more flavor rather than me adding syrup…

Gazel and I shared mains so that we could have a bit of everything hahaha. So we got Cheeky Eggs, and the Banana French Toast with Crispy Bacon!

Cheeky Eggs!  2 poached eggs, braised pork cheek, rocket + hollandise sauce inbetween English muffins!

Cheeky Eggs, $16.90
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poached eggs, braised pork cheek, rocket + hollandise sauce inbetween English muffins!

I quite love the cheeky eggs – finally instead of the usual Ham / Bacon / Salmon we have something new, and I love pork so this was good! *yums*

Banana French Toast with Crispy Bacon, $13.90

Banana French Toast with Crispy Bacon, $13.90 (I added on sausages for $3.5)

I’m always stuck between eggs or toast when it comes to

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brunch – sometimes pancakes come into the equation too but that’s when I’m really hungry! I like the eggs more than the toast though.

Flock's scrambled eggs & toast ($7.5) + Portobello ($4.5).

On my second visit: Flock’s scrambled eggs & toast ($7.5) + Portobello ($4.5).

Was rather shocked by the miserable serving of the shrooms because previously they served me a bigger serving of that, separately in a cup! It’s really just one portobello for $4.5… but they later gave me some more because I thought it was really too little, whoops. I love the scrambled eggs!

Heck, I love eggs la. I think you need a special skill to do eggs horribly lor (Had a particularly lousy experience at E** & B****s, meh!). Still prefer the one at Drury lane, but this was also good! ; )

Exploring Tiong Bahru, Part 1

(Yes, there are two parts to this!)

Anyway after brunch, Gazel and I went trotting around the area – the goal was Plain Vanilla but also for me to check out the other offerings in the area!

Woods in the books sells childrens' books - I was stopped from taking photos on the inside but they seem to have a little area for classes / activities! It's a really nice place inside.

Woods in the books sells childrens’ books – I was stopped from taking photos on the inside but they seem to have a little area for classes / activities! It’s a really nice place inside.

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These posters are hilarious, haha.

These posters amused me for the day, haha.

Open Door Policy is also located along Yong Siak and it looks rather atas from the outside, ah! Didn't go in but I think I'll drop by another day.

Open Door Policy is also located along Yong Siak and it looks rather cold from the outside, ah! Didn’t go in but I think I’ll drop by another day for their 3 course lunch set or something.

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In the middle of all these hipster cafes stood a shop which obviously does distribution/wholesale of drinks and it was interesting to see the uncle working with a table lamp and writing away. If you'd like a view of how the old shophouses looked like before all the cafes took over, just open up google maps and search for yong siak street + street view! ;  )

In the middle of all these hipster cafes stood a shop which obviously does distribution/wholesale of drinks and it was interesting to see the uncle working with a table lamp and writing away. If you’d like a view of how the old shophouses looked like before all the cafes took over, just open up google maps and search for yong siak street + street view! ; )

We popped by Nana & Bird too, which was just opposite Plain Vanilla.

We popped by Nana & Bird too, which was just opposite Plain Vanilla.

A little hidden...

A little hidden…

... and it was closed, lol. Out for photoshoot, it asays.

… and it was closed, lol. Out for photoshoot, it asays.

THE WINDOW GRILLE!!! AIYO!

THE WINDOWs and THAT GRILLE!!! 古董, man.

 

We later came back after having cupcakes and was glad to find the store opened for business again! Some beautiful jewelry...

We later came back after having cupcakes and was glad to find the store opened for business again! Some beautiful jewelry…

This one caught my eye. And a few others!

This one caught my eye. And a few others!

And oh my god the bags! They were not that cheap as it was made of real leather and I really liked the design, but not enough to warrant spending $500+ on them yet.

And oh my god the bags! *That black one* They were not that cheap as it was made of real leather and I really liked the design, but not enough to warrant spending $500+ on them yet.

We also visited some other stores along the area, but I’ll save the post for another day as this is getting too lengthy! Any cafes in Tiong Bahru which is worth trying to you? Please let me know cos 我很愛吃, 哈哈哈!

3 Comments

  • Crystal says:

    You should try Drips Bakery cafe at Tiong Bahru which offers possibly one of the best tarts I have ever eaten! I quite like Dough & Grains too, they have a unique selection of bread flavours which is super yummy yet healthy.

  • Miya says:

    The Open Door Policy’s 3 垃圾桶 outside their door see already abit turnoff. #sweats but if their food is good, worth a try as long as dun open door. ;3

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