Lovers of fried chicken and Southern cuisine rejoice, for the James Beard nominated and award-winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is now open at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands as The Bird Southern Table & Bar.
Founded by Chef John Kunkel, The Bird is 50 Eggs’ first international venture, with Yardbird’s first two branches located in Miami and Las Vegas.
The restaurant occupies two levels at the South Promenade, close to where the Marina Bayfront Event Space is. The main level at basement one is where most of the daytime action is, while those seeking repose may escape to the ground level. Service is also prompt and efficient, with the staff exuding that warm Southern hospitality.
True to its roots, The Bird’s menu screams Southern comfort, although a few locally inspired dishes are in the works, with the Low Country Laksa already making its rounds among lunch goers. There’s also a Regionally Inspired section in the cocktail menu.
For starters, you can’t go wrong with the Deviled Eggs ($14). The arrangement of chives and smoked trout roe atop the dill infused yolk was so immaculate that I almost couldn’t bear to break it apart with my fork. Almost.
For something a little heartier before your main course, try the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($18), made with house smoked pork belly, pimento cheese, smoky tomato jam, frisée, and lemon vinaigrette. While the pork belly was a tad drier than I would have liked it to be, I thought the pimento cheese base was to die for.
The main star at The Bird, Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles ($45), is a Southern icon of gargantuan proportions. The signature Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken is made with a 100 year old recipe which calls for the meat to be brined for 72 hours before being mixed in with a combination of paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and more, with an added kick from the accompanying hot sauce. I definitely enjoyed peeling back the crispy skin and savouring that deliciously tender meat!
The Vermont Sharp Cheddar Cheese Waffles, fluffy as it was, fell a bit short, although the rich bourbon maple syrup more than making up for it. So did the watermelon cubes sprinkled with mint leaves, which made for the perfect remedy against the heat of the early afternoon.
A selection of salads is also available at The Bird – the Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Sala ($18), which would have been a little ordinary on its own, balanced out the rich flavours of the fried chicken and waffles perfectly. Still craving meat? Add smoky chicken, crispy chicken or seared shrimp for $10.
Another brunch classic at The Bird would be the Macaroni & Cheese ($14), made with five artisanal cheeses. Don’t let that humble looking serving in a pot fool you! I found this to be very filling, and would have preferred if the cheese wasn’t so heavy going.
If you have room in your stomach for just one dessert, go for the Banana Pudding ($14). As you dig in, the lightness of the Chantily cream gives way to the richest layer of fresh bananas and rum soaked banana cake you’ll ever taste. I’m usually not big on dessert, so to say that the Banana Pudding was the real highlight of my meal at The Bird (yes, more so than chicken and waffles), is a huge deal. No regrets about following the staff’s advice on ordering this gem!
If you’re up for a decadent brunch at Marina Bay Sands, head on over to The Bird Southern Table and Bar. I’ll be back for sure to try out the other dishes on the menu that caught my eye during my time there. Thanks for treating us to some Southern food and hospitality!
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands B1-08
Nearest MRT: Bayfront
Contact: 6688 9959
Lunch: 11am – 4pm (Monday to Friday)
Dinner: 4pm – 11pm (Daily)
Drinks and Light Snacks: 11pm – 2am (Daily)
Weekend Brunch: 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)