15 Apr Flovie, Carlton
Jia Wang, co-founder of White Mojo, has moved on to his next passion project: Flovie. His concept for Flovie is for it to be a fusion of florist and cafe. Fresh flowers are brought in for sale, but even if you’re not after flowers, they certainly create a unique ambience.
The menu leans heavily towards Asian flavours, and having the floral theme extend to their drinks menu is a nice touch. An example of this is the Butterfly Pea Latte with vanilla, sea salt and soy milk. It’s a great balance of sweet and salty, and it’s not so overdone that the combination becomes jarring.
Flovie has a version of Eggs Benedict that takes the form of cha siu pulled pork, bright orange mandarin hollandaise, fresh cucumber, pickles and fried shallots on crispy pan-fried mantou. The bitterness of the mandarin in the hollandaise is only very slight, and it’s offset by the sweetness of the cha siu. Lamb Shank Bourguignon comes with mashed sweet potato, mushrooms, roasted green beans, roasted pickled onions and pomegranate. The lamb shank is cooked perfectly, and the pomegranate breaks up the richness of the tender meat.
The Black Forest Souffle Hotcakes are fluffy and have a rich chocolate flavour. They’re topped with cherry compote, chocolate crème anglaise, cherry chocolate ganache and mascarpone Chantilly. Chocolate bits found throughout the pancakes are a nice surprise.
Flovie is a great option for unusual flavour combinations that are also handled well, and the uniqueness of the florist aspect makes for quite the cafe experience.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Flovie Florist Cafe as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time.
Flovie Florist Cafe
261-263 Queensberry St
Carlton, VIC, 3053
(03) 9348 1279