We all think of fried chicken when someone mentions Southern food, and that is exactly what The Bird Southern Table & Bar prides itself on.
The Bird is yet another addition to the list of famous restaurants scattered around Marina Bay Sands. After doing well in Miami and Las Vegas, Restaurateur John Kunkel now introduces The Bird Southern Table & Bar to Singapore, and has sent many locals scrambling to try the food.
The establishment boasts a huge seating space with both high tables as well as sofa seats. There is also a private room that you can book for birthday parties or a cosy family gathering.
There are two floors to The Bird, and both have an open bar concept where you can watch the bar tenders at work. It’s always a treat to be able to watch the entire process of how your alcoholic drink is made, isn’t it?
There’s nothing quite like starting your meal with pretty looking appetisers. The Deviled Eggs ($14) came with a tower of egg yolk mixture filled with dill and chives, crowned with trout roe.
The fresh herbs mixed with mayonnaise and egg yolk added a tonne of flavour with a slight tang at the end, and the trout roe gave the dish the right touch of salt.
I was very excited to try the Fried Green Tomato BLT ($18) because who doesn’t like the sound of smoked pork belly? The crispy fried green tomato base was smeared with pimento cheese and layered with house-smoked pork belly before being topped off with tomato jam, frisée and lemon vinaigrette.
The entire dish had the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and tanginess. Definitely, something I would order again! Do note that every portion of these two appetisers come with three of each, so you will get your money’s worth.
After warming up my belly, the highlight of the meal came. The Bird’s signature Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles ($45). Before you scroll away because of its price tag, let me first tell you that this was the best fried chicken I have ever had.
The dish came with vermont sharp cheddar cheese waffles in two quarters, chilled spiced watermelon, half a fried chicken, bourbon maple syrup and honey hot sauce.
Not to sound like an alcoholic, but DO drench your waffles with the bourbon maple syrup. The bourbon that came through at the end matched the savoury cheese waffles so well, not to mention the incredibly crispy chicken that was somehow also almost fork-tender.
An old classic, the Macaroni & Cheese ($14) arrived soon after and I literally went heart-eyed. Made with Torchio pasta, five artisanal kinds of cheese and a crispy herb crust, this dish might be too rich for some, as even a Mac & Cheese lover like me stopped at half.
The different cheeses added dimensions of flavour and the Torchio pasta that’s shaped like a torch gave a great bite. I only wished there was a side salad or something light to balance the richness of the dish.
Perhaps order the Butter Lettuce & Grilled Mango Salad ($18) as well and share both dishes with a partner. This bright and healthy lunch option may have been one of the best salads I’ve had. I’m probably a little biased though since mango is my favourite fruit.
There was a mix of textures with the crisp fresh lettuce and the charred grilled mango that brought out an extra sweetness that was balanced with the smoky pecans. Choosing to be healthy doesn’t come cheap though, given the slightly steep price tag.
No meal is complete without desserts, and being a coffee lover, my eyes darted to the Cafè Crème Brûlée ($16). Served with almond orange biscotti, a quenelle of chantilly cream, orange gremolata and a chocolate tuille, this dessert was definitely almost too pretty to eat.
The creme brulee had the perfect crispy caramelised sugar top and the biscotti added crunch, but I felt that there was too much chantilly cream.
The Banana Pudding ($14) also came looking very pretty, with rum-soaked banana cake and fresh bananas in a petite jar topped with chantilly cream, then garnished with crumble and vanilla wafers.
There wasn’t much of a rum taste, and again, I felt like there was too much chantilly cream, making the dessert unnecessarily rich.
The Bird’s Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles definitely made an imprint in my mind, and I foresee myself coming back for this dish again, despite its price. I would say to skip the two desserts I tried above, and save more stomach space for the delicious mains.
Be prepared to spend a little more at The Bird Southern Table & Bar though, but it’ll be worth it!
Expected damage: $20 – $60 per person