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

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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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Misato– Fabulous and affordable Matcha desserts, and they aren’t a cafe!

Misato is tucked away right inside The Centrepoint, where the new Gastro+ area is (or where the old Marks & Spencers was). I’ve been seeing Misato pop up on my social media feeds and was wondering if it is just a fad. I have to say, after having tried their food, this place is worth a visit due to the affordable pricing, the fabulous matcha desserts and the exquisite dinnerware that makes you feel like you are dining at a posh Japanese restaurant.

I am told they spent $400k for the dinnerware alone when setting up the restaurant! It is a pity that most people will not realise this when walking past because the restaurant decor looks rather casual to the untrained eye. So you heard it here first! Please go check out Misato and enjoy the atas food at casual prices!

Misato - Matcha Bavarois (Premium green tea French pudding) $7.80  (2)

Matcha Bavarois (Premium green tea French pudding) $7.80

Back to the Matcha desserts. You might have seen this wobbly Matcha Bavarois on Instagram. This is not merely an Instagram-worthy dessert, it actually tastes as good as it looks. The matcha taste comes on strongly (very good quality Nara matcha imported from Japan is used), and the pudding is smooth and somewhere between soft and bouncy, if there can be such a thing. It’s almost like eating matcha ice cream except in pudding form. Every bite was savoured! And it only costs $7.90!

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Mandarin Gallery Singapore Food Trail–Special dishes from Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s and The Providore

If you haven’t visited Mandarin Gallery in a while, now’s the time to pay them a visit because from now until Singapore’s 52nd National Day on 9th August 2017, and in conjunction with the Singapore Food Festival, you can enjoy special dishes/drinks with a local twist. The participating outlets are Antoinette, Arteastiq, Lawry’s The Prime Rib and The Providore. Scroll down to check out the pictures of the food!

Shoppers can also stand a chance to win dining vouchers worth $100 from each of the above restaurants, simply by following Mandarin Gallery on Instagram (@mandaringallery) and Facebook (facebook.com/mandaringallery), and leaving a comment on their campaign post telling them which dish you would like to try the most and why. Go try your luck!

~~~ Arteastiq ~~~

Arteastiq - Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38

 Two Way Lobster (Lobster Thermidor and otah stuffed lobster shell, served with barley risotto) $38 

This pretty as a picture lobster dish was equally tasty. I really liked the lobster thermidor half, but I was thankful to still have the otah half, or else the whole dish might have been too creamy. It’s not common to see barley being used as the starch, but I think it complemented the rich thermidor and otah flavours. I also liked the bouncy firmness, and hey barley has many health benefits which is great!

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Yuba Hut–Get makis slathered in lots of sauce, minus the queue

I had a quick lunch today at the recently opened Yuba Hut. Yuba Hut is a Japanese casual eatery at Heartland Mall next to Kovan MRT that specialises in makis and donburis. When I think of makis slathered in lots and lots of sauce, I think of the popular Koh Grill at Wisma which always has a long queue. Yuba Hut offers such makis too, and the best part is you won’t have to queue an hour for them.

There are 5 different makis to choose from in Yuba Hut’s menu

  • Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Champion Floss Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Taiyou Century Egg Maki (4psc $9.90 / 8 pcs $16.90)
  • Salmon Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)
  • Samurai Unagi Aburi Maki (4pcs $8.90 / 8 pcs $15.90)

We tried the 1st 3. I am told that the Champion Floss Maki is the most popular order and it’s not hard to tell why. The sweet salty sauce tastes like a combination of teriyaki and mayonnaise, and it kind of reminded me of Okonomiyaki. I also liked the Cream Cheese Mentaiko very much. My dining companions said the sauce was too jelak/cloying, but I loved it! Loved the salty combination of cream, cheese and mentaiko on top of the seared salmon! Apparently there was unagi encased within one of the makis, but it got lost in all that sauce. But I say, when enjoying such “messy makis”, the enjoyment is in the “in your face” flavours, and it’s not the time to nit-pick on subtle flavours. Didn’t like the Century Egg Maki though, the sauce needed some getting used to.

Yuba Hut - Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (1)

Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon

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Meats & Malts– Affordable Western food and you must try their fabulous Tom Yam pasta!

Meats & Malts opened earlier this year but surprisingly, I haven’t seen or heard much about them on the social media sphere. In fact, when I googled, the only mention of them is from the Straits Times! That’s a shame because Meats & Malts is one of my best finds this year so far (food & relaxed ambience), definitely worth a visit if you’re nearby, or even if you’re not!

Meats & Malts Seating Area

So spacious!

Meats & Malts is tucked away at the corner of the BreadTalk IHQ at Tai Seng, next to Food Republic. The seating area is massive, because BreadTalk IHQ is massive. I love the high ceiling, so spacious! Thanks to the humongous ceiling fans, it’s a breeze sitting outside, literally!

Meats & Malts - Seafood Tom Yam Pasta (Mixed seafood with Thai Tom Yam spices) $15.80

Seafood Tom Yam Pasta (Mixed seafood with Thai Tom Yam spices) $15.80

Ok so here’s the most memorable dish that we had. To think I was really reluctant when my dining companions suggested to order this. I wanted something more “cafe food” style, but they ignored me and went ahead! Everything was great about this dish, but what I loved most about it was the bouncy texture of the pasta and the really delicious tom yam cream sauce. It was good that the spice level was just right too. I could just eat oodles and oodles of those noodles with that sauce.

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