Owned by 50 Eggs Inc., a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm, The Bird — the newest addition to Marina Bay Sands’ restaurants — serves up classic Southern fare with a twist using farm-fresh ingredients. 50 Eggs Inc. also owns Spring Chicken, Swine and Chica.
Step into the restaurant and you will be greeted with industrial-chic decor, complete with exposed pipes and overhead beams. The whole restaurant is so pretty, every corner is photo-worthy.
Some of the signature items on the menu include the 100-year-old recipe Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, Shrimp ‘N’ Grits and Chicken & Waffles. There is also an alfresco bar overlooking the waterfront. Hand-crafted cocktails, wines and beers, anyone?
Fried Green Tomato BLT and Deviled Eggs. NB: The above is tasting portion, not actual serving.
For starters, we tried Deviled Eggs ($14) and Fried Green Tomato BLT ($18). I can’t decide which I like better; both are equally good!
Deviled Eggs ($14) – The Bird takes the classic Southern-style deviled eggs up a notch by infusing the creamy yolk with dill; topped with briny smoked trout roe, scallions and a smidgen of paprika.
Fried Green Tomato BLT ($18) – Crispy, deep-fried green tomato with chunky pimento cheese, house smoked pork belly, a dollop of smoky tomato jam and garnished with frisée. The ambrosial appetizer is then drizzled with tangy lemon vinaigrette.
Macaroni & Cheese ($14) – Torchio pasta is used instead of the usual macaroni here. Probably the richest and creamiest mac & cheese I have had till date as it consists of five types of cheeses: Red Leicester, Cream Cheese, Parmesan, Yellow and White Cheddar. Best to share with a few friends as it gets too jerlat after few mouthfuls.
Butter Lettuce & Grilled Mango Salad ($18) – The salad provided a refreshing change after the rich and creamy mac & cheese. Crunchy butter lettuce with sweet, smoky char-grilled mango cubes, smoked pecans, juicy cherry tomatoes and slivers of onion; drizzled with benne seed dressing.
Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles ($45) – This signature dish comprises four pieces of chicken (breast, thigh, drum and wing), two quarters of vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffle and cubes of chilled spiced watermelon. Served with honey hot sauce and bourbon maple syrup.
Brined for 27 hours before deep-frying, the chicken is indeed flavourful, juicy and quite tender. However I was expecting more from the fried chicken as I have been hearing many positive reviews about the fried chicken way before the restaurant opened its doors in Singapore. The cheddar cheese waffle; infused with dill and parsley; is slightly crispy on the outside, dense on the inside.
I love the chilled spiced watermelon cubes as well as the bourbon maple syrup. Spiced with cayenne pepper, paprika, together with mint, lemon and lime juice, the refreshing watermelon cubes cut through the richness of the dish. The bourbon maple syrup tastes amazing on its own! Made with 60% bourbon, the sweet and smoky bourbon maple syrup goes well with the cheese waffle.
Southern desserts tend to be rich and/or creamy and this is evident in the dessert menu. Expect classic Southern desserts (with a twist) like Peach Cobbler ($25), Flower Pot Mississippi Mud Pie ($18), Salted Caramel Bread Pudding ($15) and Banana Pudding ($14).
We had the Banana Pudding ($14) for dessert. Presented in a jar, the banana pudding comprises rum-soaked banana cake, fresh banana slices, vanilla custard, a swirl of chantilly cream and a chicken-shaped vanilla tuile.
While there are hits and misses with the food, The Bird is definitely a good place to chill with friends over hand-crafted cocktails and sharing plates.
The Bird Southern Table and Bar
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-07 Galleria Level and L1-82 Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Telephone: +65 6688 9959
Operating Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Dinner: Daily, 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Drinks & Light Snacks: Daily, From 11:00pm, Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 8:00am – 4:00pm