Review: Flock Pop Up
Flock Pop Up
Oh. My. Flock. Was this pop up one of the best I've ever tried? Yes, yes it was.
Flock Pop Up by John Traynor (formerly of the Porter & Rye, Lebowski's Group) showcases Scottish food in relaxed settings. This one was hosted at Seb & Mili which is a fab cafe in the city centre and it made for a great dining spot in the evening - relaxing and comfortable.
The 8 course menu was £35pp and actually, in the end, I think it was underpriced for all the delicious food we scoffed. Starting with warm bread and a piece of crispy chicken skin, I was immediately impressed. The chicken skin was crispy yet still a little chewy, and tasted all the better for being topped with liver pate.
Moving onto the next course (which was fabulously introduced by the front of house staff) which was beetroot with crowdie cheese. There was a lovely granita through the dish which really elevated the dish from being just beetroot and cheese.
Scallop ceviche was one of the stand-out dishes for me - I love scallop, and this was so soft and delicate and really did justice to it. It was a refreshing dish too, so even though we'd eaten a bit by this stage, it felt like a nice intermission before diving into the heavier dishes. I really liked the pumpkin seeds with it which were a bit unusual with a ceviche.
The only dish that I didn't love as much as I hoped was the duck, and I think that's purely because it was served warm rather than hot. It was a large slice of breast with the skin still on, and absolutely delicious flavour combinations (gingerbread with duck?! Yes!). But for me, I would have liked it a little hotter.
The final main was a 60 day aged rump steak by Rodgers Butchers. This was the best steak I've had in my life. And I've had a lot of amazing steak. It was just so soft and buttery, delicate and mouthwatering. I lingered over this dish because I just didn't want it to end. It was served with a stack of barley risotto and kale which I appreciated as something completely to what you normally get with steak while being very Scottish and modern.
Onto dessert. If you've ever read a review of mine, you'll know I pretty much never have dessert. I just don't have a sweet tooth and have some issues with dairy so avoid it. The first dessert was a popcorn panna cotta which was very mild in taste and a nice fresh way of leading into the chocolate mousse. The granola crumb was excellent.
Finally, chocolate mousse with peanut butter ice cream. I actually preferred the ice cream to the mousse, it was chunky PB with a massive amount of flavour. Just delicious.
So what else can I say about Flock Pop Up? We had a fabulous night - it was relaxing, intimate and the food was well paced. We were actually in a hurry as we had a gig to go to, and so managed to scoff all that food in 75 minutes. Other tables were taking their time which is understandable! I loved the attention and respect that was paid to local Scottish produce and really felt like that was the champion of the night - everything was sourced locally, from the duck to truffles and beef, and it was really nice to see a chef do Scottish food in such a modern way.