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The Bird Southern Table & Bar at MBS – Worth crowing about?

Media Invite

I’ve been waiting for over a year for The Bird Southern Table & Bar to open at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, and that day has finally arrived. The Bird, also known as Yardbird, is an award winning restaurant featuring US Southern cuisine and hospitality, founded by renowned restaurateur John Kunkel. Yardbird is known as The Bird in Singapore to minimise confusion with the same named Yardbird hailing from HK, which I hear is going to be opening in Singapore too sometime soon.

Why was I so keen for The Bird to open? Fried chicken! As you might guess from its name, it is most famous for its fried chicken and waffles with watermelon. But another reason is because I’m always on the look out for restaurants serving Southern food to see if they match up to what I remember of Southern food when I was studying in Atlanta years ago. Featured in their menu include other Southern favourites such as Shrimp ‘N’ Grits, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar Interior

Even the modern-rustic design of The Bird is inspired by the Southern United States, with its use of reclaimed wood, recycled machinery parts and mason jars.

Here’s what we had the opportunity to try during our media tasting session a few weeks back.

The Bird Southern Table & Bar - Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles  (3)

Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles

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5 must eats at Marina Bay Sands’ Epicurean Market 2017

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you would have realised that the annual Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands is currently on until 13 August Sunday. This is already the 5th year and the event is bigger than ever before! If you’ve always wanted to check out the Celebrity Restaurants, now’s the time to do so because many of their signature dishes can be sampled for a fraction of the price it would cost at the restaurants.

Epicurean Market 2017 - Opening Ceremony

Photo Credit : Marina Bay Sands

This year, aside from Celebrity Restaurants, enjoy the Singapore Street Food experience by trying local dishes/hawker fare presented by the newly refreshed RISE Restaurant. And of course not forgetting over 30 masterclasses, tasting sessions, special appearances, bespoke cocktails. And before you leave, take home some fresh gourmet produce from the Farmer’s Market.

Each $39 per ticket gives you unlimited entry plus a $15 signature dish of your choice. OK with so many celebrity and signature restaurants to choose from, how do you decide where to spend your money? After sampling each of the restaurants during the media preview on Friday, here are my top 5 picks based on taste, value-for-money and uniqueness. Enjoy!

Epicurean Market - Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

Lobster Roll $25 from DB Bistro and Oyster Bar

If you love lobster rolls, you will know that they cost a pretty penny in Singapore. I know of some restaurants/cafes to be charging in excess of $40 per roll! So this $25 lobster roll from DB Bistro is great value considering the size of it and considering that it’s from DB Bistro. It’s big enough to actually be sufficient as a meal too, if you are on cost-savings mode.

Epicurean Market - Sweet Corn Agnolotti $20 from Spago

Sweet Corn Agnolotti with truffle shavings $20 from Spago

With practically every restaurant offering dishes boasting premium ingredients like crab, lobster and carviar, it’s hard to choose a favourite because they were all good. This sweet corn agnolotti with truffle shavings might just be my favourite dish from Epicurean Market. It’s so different from the other dishes. I really like the pillowy soft pasta parcels bursting with sweetness, and the earthy contrast of the truffles. I won’t lie about the portion size though, it’s as small as it looks… but tasted so good! I really want to return to Spago again for the full-sized portion!

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Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea

If you’re craving for durians this durian season, and want to be a bit posh about it instead of getting your hands dirty, you might want to check out Marriott Cafe’s Durian Lover’s Dream High Tea. From now until 9 August 2017, Marriott Cafe will be offering a High Tea buffet spread featuring a number of sweet and savoury durian creations, alongside their usual local and international dishes.

Marriott Cafe’s Durian High Tea (6)

Here are some of the durian dishes that you can look out for

  • Durian Strudel made with D24 durian puree
  • Durian Cream Puffs
  • Fried Durian Balls
  • Durian Swiss Rolls
  • Durian Creme Brulee Tarts
  • Durian Pizza (YES it’s true!)
  • and more!

Monday to Friday / Saturday and Sunday
Adult: $45++ per person / $48++ per person
Child (5 to 12 years old): $27++ per child / $30++ per child

Scroll down for more pictures, reservation information and reviews of other Marriott F&B outlets.

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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (1)

Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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Breez Bistro Bar (Grand Mercure Roxy) – Cosy neighbourhood restaurant with pool view

You seldom find hotels in neighbourhood locations in Singapore, and naturally so because most tourists would tend to prefer to stay in the city centre where the action is, or in the business districts. Interestingly, there are a number of hotels in the Marine Parade / Katong area, since decades ago. This is probably because prior to the land reclamation done, the Katong area was sea-facing and so it would be quite natural to have seaside hotels facing the waters. The coast has since moved further away but thanks to the resurgence in interest in the Peranakan culture (my guess), hotels deem it fit to still locate themselves in this heritage area. Now Hotel Indigo and Holiday Inn Express Katong also call themselves home a stone’s throw away from Grand Mercure. 

So, if you are in the Marine Parade / Katong area, or after shopping at I12 Katong or Parkway Parade, and thinking of simply eating at the mall again, you just might be interested to know that there’s a cosy restaurant bistro bar tucked inside Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy hotel with relaxing pool views, for your consideration. People tend to be more familiar with Grand Mercure’s bigger restaurants (such as Feast @ East buffet restaurant and Jia Wei Restaurant), so this little bistro is a fantastic hideaway. You’ll have to snag the al-fresco seats or the indoor seats right next to the entrance, if you want the pool views though.

Breez Bistro Bar - Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18 (2)

 Beef Fillet and Roasted Potato Salad $18

Nothing like a icy cold drink to help you relax.

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