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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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9Goubuli at Marina Bay Sands

You may have read in the Straits Times of the recent opening of the famed Goubuli Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. Story has it that the owner named Gou (aka Dog) made such great meat buns that he had so many customers he had no time to entertain anyone, hence the name Gou Bu Li (aka Dog doesn’t bother about you 狗不理包子). When I heard about the buns, I though nah, not another casual gimmicky eatery again.

Surprisingly, the restaurant is far from casual or gimmicky when you step in. The restaurant may not be that big, but a warm ambience greets you, complete with wooden motif wood panelling, oriental furniture and marble-top tables. Aside from the buns / baozi, and Hong Kong dim sum (to cater to those who are not too familiar with Tianjin cuisine, the menu boasts a wide array of dishes that you would not find in a casual eatery.

Braised Fresh Abalone in Oyster Sauce-tile

Photo Credit : 9Goubuli

Think Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, claypot braised lamb, eight treasures steamed chicken, braised fresh abalone in oyster sauce, and the like. Argh I wish I could have eaten more at the media tasting but I am limited by my human sized stomach capacity!

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TWG Tea Salon at Marina Bay Sands

When TWG first opened in Singapore several years back, everyone was keen to go check out this gilded and Parisien looking tea salon. It was quite unlike all the other tea houses we have ever seen, not that there are many to begin with in Singapore! I for one was attracted by the tai tai look. But because prices were so steep, I just couldn’t bring myself to dine at TWG more than once. $45 for a tea set where you get less food than at a posh hotel, I would frankly rather have my tea at the hotel! IF, however you just purchase the loose leaf teas without any fancy packaging, ie basically the tea leaves are just packaged in a paper bag, that in itself is quite affordable.

TWG at Marina Bay Sands (3)

Recently, I went to check out TWG’s menu again and it seems that there are new additions to the menu. They still have the $40 plus dollars sets, which I find are not value for money. However, if you order the main courses or brunch dishes, those are pretty okay. For example:

  • Pan-seared sea bass $26
  • Marinated cod fish $28
  • Wagyu Steak $35
  • Grilled Chicken $26
  • Wagyu Burger $24
  • 3 mini-burgers $24

TWG - Eggs Benedict (Homemade toasted English muffins with 2 poached farmhouse eggs served with creamy hollandaise sauce and a choice of smoked salmon or turkey $19 (2)

Eggs Benedict (Homemade toasted English muffins with 2 poached farmhouse eggs served with creamy hollandaise sauce and a choice of smoked salmon or turkey $19

The Eggs Benedict was what I ordered, under the all day dining menu. These days my mind goes weak when I see eggs benedict on the menu, but not so long ago, it would have been the English Breakfast that I would have ordered as I wanted a bit of everything! The good thing about eggs benedicts are that they are not fried. I hope you like this egg porn picture because there are few food items that turn me on as much as a flowy yolky egg!

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Marina Bay Sands Rise Restaurant

Rise Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands has been open for a couple of years now. I’m sure most buffet fanatics out there would have tried this buffet by now. I’ve dined at Rise Restaurant on a couple of occasions but they were always ala carte orders. So I decided the time was ripe to take my parents for a nice lunch at Rise Restaurant. I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing. $49++ for weekend lunch buffet makes Rise Restaurant a very value-for-money buffet, don’t you think? This is especially when you consider the size of the spread.

Even though I look like I’ve been gorging on buffets quite often these past few months, the truth is that I haven’t actually gone for a lunch or dinner buffet in about a year! All the previous buffets you’ve read about on this blog this year were Afternoon Tea buffets, which ahem, is quite different from a lunch/dinner buffet!

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Dessert Station

I’m a sucker for pretty desserts. The dessert display at Rise Restaurant is definitely worthy of being part of an Afternoon Tea buffet. My idea of a good afternoon tea dessert display is that it has to be whimsical and eye-popping.

Rise Restaurant Marina Bay Sands - Decadent Chocolate Cake (1)

Decadent and regal looking 3 layer chocolate cake

I am not one to eat desserts before mains, but when it comes to posting pictures, who’s to say we can’t post pictures of cakes and sweet treats first?

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Where to eat at Marina Bay Sands

Since I have been going to Marina Bay Sands pretty often lately, I thought I’d do a summary on cheap places to dine at at MBS. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to pay through your ear and nose when at MBS, there are cheap dining options if you know where to go. Of course, MBS is also known for its high-end, celebrity restaurants too. A number of them overlook the MBS casino area. It’s quite mind-boggling, the rows of poker tables and slot machines there are, it takes a few seconds before the eyes get oriented to what you’re actually seeing. Make sure that you learn some poker skills if you want to try your hand at the poker tables. For me, just the slot machines on their own are able to entice me for hours. Anywaysss…

The cheapest place to have a meal at Marina Bay Sands is at the food court. There are 2 food courts, Rasapura Masters and 1983 A Taste of Nanyang. Rasapura Masters is huge, and faces the skating rink. 1983 is much smaller, with some booth seats too. There are about 5 or 6 stalls, so there is no need to worry about a lack of variety. They are located at the opposite ends of each other, so I guess the choice depends on where you are when the tummy starts growling.

The cheapest place to have a cup of tea or coffee at MBS (apart from at the food court) is undoubtedly at ToastBox. Actually, this is one of the most expensive ToastBox in Singapore, with a teh going at about $2. But it’s cheap if you consider that you’re at MBS. This is where you can get a slice of cake at an affordable price of about $3. Sure, the cake is not that big, but it’s something to munch on while having gentle conversation.

The cheapest place to have a steak at MBS is at SouthCoast, on Mondays. On Mondays, from 6.30pm, you can get a super affordable set dinner for only $15. You get the steak, plus a glass of wine or a beer! The steak’s not the best of steaks, but STILL!!! The rest of the SouthCoast menu is pretty affordable too, and I love it that they have interesting options like pies, rolls and Antipodean favourites.

One of my favourite, MUST GO restaurants at MBS is Au Chocolate! Even if you don’t dine there, you must at least WALK PAST IT! If it isn’t evident enough from the name, let me tell you upfront. Au Chocolate is a chocolate and sweeties wonderland! There is a huge cake display, with the most luscious looking cakes beckoning to you. There is an ice-cream gelato stand. If you’re lucky, you can also view chocolate pralines and truffles being made on the spot at the see through kitchen preparation area. The chocolate bars, sweet buckets, jelly beans and more, it’s tough walking out empty handed. Food is pretty affordable at the restaurant café. Burgers are about $20, crepes around $20 too, milkshakes $10. If you don’t know what to order, may I suggest the Fish & Chips? Their fries are great!

DB Bistro Moderne and Osteria/Pizzeria Mozza are nice places to dine too. I wouldn’t consider it cheap to dine there, but there are dishes you can order which don’t break the bank. For example, a lot of the DB Bistro Moderne main courses go around $35 onwards. Look out for their daily specials, which can be really attractive. The last time I was there they had a bucket of mussels go for $26, and the portion was enough to fill for dinner. Pizzeria Mozza’s pizzas go around $30 too, and if you are small eaters, can be shared!

I wish I could recommend you the Celebrity Restaurant I tried, unfortunately it closed down because the owner died, in Singapore no less! It was a treat to dine at Santi, a memorable evening I will never forget.

What to eat for cheap at Marina Bay Sands MBS? Now you know. Smile

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