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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The Hitsuji Club – BBQ lamb lovers rejoice!

The Hitsuji Club - Satisfied customer

I thought I should post a picture of the Partner first. He totally enjoyed the meal at The Hitsuji Club because 2 things : MEAT and BEER. Need I say more?

If you know Japanese, you’ll know that “Hitsuji” means lamb, and that’s exactly what The Hitsuji Club is all about. They specialise in lamb, flown in straight from Hokkaido, and grilled right in front of you. Currently, about 75% of their clientele are Japanese expats, so you kinda know that this is the real deal.

Lamb by the way, is apparently quite healthy when compared to other meats. For example, weight for weight, it has about the same cholesterol as fish! I did not know that! Lamb is also rich in unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamins and minerals. Of course, this all assumes you only eat the lean bits and do not eat the fats. You can read more about the health benefits of lamb here http://www.the-hitsuji-club.com/pdf/lamb-is-healthy.pdf.

The Hitsuji Club - Premium Jingiskan Set $45

Premium Jingiskan Set $45 x 2

Most people will start with the premium Jingiskan and then perhaps top up with lamb chops or other cuts of lamb if they still have space. Pictured above is the amount for 2 pax. Take note that the premium cuts are grain fed lamb from Aussie, with the exception of the premium baby lamb chops, which are grass fed from NZ.

It’s not a bad price too for this amount of food and the service, considering that you’ll have to pay at least $30+ for a lamb meal in most restaurants.

The Hitsuji Club - Lamb Chops (2)

Baby Lamb Chops from NZ

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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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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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ME@OUE–Catch unblocked views of the NDP fireworks for $6!

NDP Fireworks (1)

NDP at the Floating Platform (1)

View of the Marina Bay Floating Platform and the NDP Preview Fireworks last week

The rooftop bar at ME@OUE is like a hidden gem in the heart of the CBD with front row tickets to watch any fireworks held at the Marina Bay area for next to free! Did you know they didn’t charge anything extra at all for all the NDP rehearsals? YOU could have gotten this view for a $6 espresso or $12 for 5 jumbo prawns. In fact, there is no cover charge at all at the rooftop bar, except for ME@OUE Fiesta days, which is like only several times a year. Now don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up for the upcoming F1…

August 9 though, will be a ME@OUE Fiesta day (only the 2nd this year). From 5.30pm – 8.30pm, they will be having ME@OUE Fiesta – National Day Edition which will feature amongst others:

  • Pop-up live roast stations featuring Dried Rubbed Greater Omaha August Tomahawk & Prime Rib and “Bangalow” Sweet Pork Belly Char Siew etc
  • Saint Vaast Oyster Bar
  • Japanese Robatayki skewers using Kumamoto A4 Wagyu Beef Cube, Chicken with Shiro Negi, Meikajiki, Tiger Prawns, Shishito etc.
  • Live Sushi stations
  • Butler-passed canapés and desserts

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Desserts from the 1st edition of ME@OUE Fiesta – Japan Edition

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