Bloom by Mok Mok @ Mount Austin Johor
Updated: Sep 30, 2019
After reading great reviews and seeing really beautiful pictures, I finally decided to visit Bloom by mok mok. The cafe is located just a mere 18 mins drive from Woodlands checkpoint in the area of Taman Mount Austin.
While the outside of the cafe seemed pretty ordinary, the design of it's interior is impressive and so so very pretty.
We knew we wanted to try one rice bowl, one burger and definitely a dessert.
Our first dish was the Beef Burger with Onion Chips. While ordering, the waitress asked us how we wanted the beef to be done and we said medium-well. I think we said that because we usually had steak done either medium-rare or medium-well and we didn't think twice. This turned out to be a bad decision. The patty was a little mushy and everything else in the burger had a soft texture as well so the whole burger didn't taste very appetizing. Perhaps, with a well-done beef patty, it would taste a whole lot better. Luckily, it's saving grace was the heavenly onion fries. They were so crispy, so salty and flavorful - we ate every single onion chip.
Overall, I think the dish is ok. I probably would not order it again but am open to trying their other burgers.
Our second dish was the Gyutan. When I read the description of the dish, I though it was just a normal beef bowl. When the waitress took our order, she told us that Gyutan actually meant beef tongue. We were taken aback a little, but I love to try new things and knew I had to try it.
When it came, I felt that the presentation could have been a little better. The rice was seasoned well, but I think it could have been elevated. What surprised me was the beef tongue. When I think of beef tongue, I think of something that is very chewy and hard to swallow. However, this dish proved me wrong. The slices of beef tongue actually tasted like normal beef slices. Maybe it is a tiny bit chewier but the difference is not big at all.
I feel the dish can be so much better in terms of presentation and the flavor profile of the rice.
We ordered tea as well to compliment our food. I forgot the name of the tea but I quite like it. It was flavorful and the aroma was really pleasant.
Honestly, after eating the two dishes above, I contemplated on whether I should try their dessert and I'm happy I did. We ordered a Cream Cheese Souffle Pancake with Mangoes. We were told that we had to wait about 20-25 mins for this. When it came, the presentation was beautiful and it just looks so appetizing. The souffle was very light and airy, the mangoes tasted sweet and really fresh, the vanilla ice cream was thick and creamy and the cream with nuts was just heavenly. The whole dish was done very well and each component completed each other in terms of flavor pairings and texture. I loved this dish very much.
While the savory dishes did not meet my expectations, the desert and atmosphere of the place more than made up for it. Perhaps the other dishes would have been really good, but unfortunately, I ended up trying these. If you go, you have to try their onion chips and souffle pancakes. For me these were the areas they excelled in. Also, let me know how the other dishes taste and perhaps I will visit them again someday!
Hours: 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Address: 87, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2a, Taman Mount Austin Johor Bahru