The dessert cafe reveals a savory side.
Expanding from being just a dessert cafe, Flour Shoppe now serves up a savory side. Thai-Irish head chef Brian Hill says he's taken inspiration from classic American diners, though the focus remains on house-made ingredients. Dishes include English muffin burgers (from B165), breakfast sandwich (from B90), spaghetti with spicy anchovy and breadcrumbs (B160) and the warm breakfast salad (B175).
Originally dessert-only, this compact cafe tucked in a corner of Central Chidlom started to serve all-day breakfast items last year. But it’s still the sweet baked goods that shine the brightest.
The house-made Osaka cheesecake (B95) is one good Japanese cheesecake, fluffy and milky as it should be, with just the right amount of moisture. It’s perfectly fine on its own, but the accompanying strawberry cream sauce adds a fresh kick. We’re also satisfied by the waffles’ (B220) perfectly crisp outer layer, encasing a surprisingly moist interior. The zesty lime cream tart (B95) is another winner.
In fact, all of their baked items are fantastic, including the Southern-style biscuit served with fried chicken (B165). The sweet honey butter smeared on one side of the biscuit complements the slightly salty batter and the subtly spicy fried chicken. The only thing holding it back is the too oily and overcooked chicken. It’s a similar case with the English muffin burger (B165 for pork; B195 for beef). What comes between the perfect halves of the little, chewy English muffin is disappointingly bland: under-seasoned patty smothered with only a lightly flavored Thousand Island-like sauce.
This review took place in November 2015 and is based on a visit to the restaurant without the restaurant's knowledge. For more on BK's review policy, click here.