The Bird Southern Table and Bar at Marina Bay Sands Review - Semi-casual Southern American cooking [Media Invite]

The Bird Southern Table and Bar by award-winning restauranteur John Kunkel is the latest addition to Marina Bay Sands' (MBS) sprawling offer of eateries. It offers Southern American comfort food in a semi-casual, warm ambience.

The inner section of seating has an opening within the wall, such that you can see the chefs in action in the kitchen, dishing out the food.

On its menu are a good range of appetisers, including icons of Southern cooking such as the Fried Chicken and Waffles and Buttermilk biscuits. 

Apart from the lunch and dinner service, The Bird also has a brunch menu that is weekends only. Of course, the signature icons are available during brunch as well. 

The Bird Southern - Dinner Menu

The Bird Southern - Dessert Menu

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits ($10 for 4)

Buttermilk biscuits are a hallmark of Southern American cooking. The biscuit here is crisp on the top with fluffy crumbs within. More than decent, but what really sealed the deal was the super light, creamy and aromatic honey butter accompanying it. This is churned up in house.
The end result when smeared with the honey butter is a buttermilk-mixed-buttery, creamy aroma with wonderful smell that comes from an alluring baked biscuit. A must-get. 

In fact, we loved the honey butter so much, and asked to take away what we had remaining (which the house staff good-naturedly obliged and added some more).

No. of Tiaras: 4.5/5

Smoked Brisket Biscuits ($20 for 2)

A mound of soft, thin bbq-sauce-soaked brisket are stuffed sandwiched between two halves of the same buttermilk biscuit. Texture of the brisket were fabulously soft, but I found the bbq flavour a little sweet for my taste. The sauce also resulted in a soggy buttermilk biscuit bottom, which depending on personal preference, may or may not work. 

No. of Tiaras: 3.5/5
Fried Green Tomato BLT ($18) and Deviled Eggs ($14)

Ours was a tasting platter, so we got one of each on one plate. 

For a different appetiser, the Fried Green Tomato BLT is a pretty good choice to go with. Not knowing what to expect, but what showed up at our table was a construction made up of fried green tomato, smoked pork belly with a melty fat layer, pimento cheese, frisee (an endive variety) and smoky tomato jam and lemon vinaigrette. 

It's a meld of savoury flavours mixed with textures of soft to crunchy. This worked. 

No. of Tiaras: 3.8/5

Another interesting appetiser, the Deviled Eggs were halves of hard boiled eggs that came with a turret of creamy cooked yolk mixed with dill, chives and topped with roe. I particularly found the creaminess of the yolk turret interesting - think egg mayo but much smoother and with the aroma of dill and chives against a plain canvas of the egg white. 

No. of Tiaras: 3.8/5

Butter Lettuce and Grilled Mango Salad ($18)

If you are looking for a healthy green balance before the indulgence of fried chicken, the salad can be considered. What makes it stand out is the crispy lettuce and the well-grilled pecans and mango, adding a smoky toasty aroma. Can I just have the grilled mangoes and pecans?

No. of Tiaras: 3.8/5

Chicken 'N' Watermelon 'N' Waffles ($45)

The hallmark of Southern cooking and the signature namesake dish here at The Bird. If there is one dish to try here, it's this. This is three components of waffles, fried chicken and spiced watermelon. Sounds confusing? We thought so, but here's a breakdown. 

The chicken was juicy within, with an exterior skin marinade flavour similar to KFC's original recipe chicken, but better. It is not the loud crunchy sinful fried chicken, but just classic fried chicken in its simple glory. 

The accompanying waffle is more fluffy than crispy and savoury thanks to the vermont sharp cheddar it incorporates. Goes well with the bourbon maple syrup on the side, to create a sweet-savoury profile with an alcoholic slant. Particularly, the maple syrup had a very evident bourbon hint. 
If you find the accompanying spiced watermelon puzzling, it's really there to act as a reset button for the palate. Refreshing, and leaves you ready for the next fried chicken piece. 

The dish can be shared comfortably by 4, particularly if you are intending to try a good amount of appetisers and desserts. It can also be split by 2 as a heavy main. 
No. of Tiaras: 4/5

Macaroni and Cheese ($14)

The interesting thing about this mac and cheese is the shape of the pasta, which comes in a curly-wurly piece. Apparently, there are 5 cheeses that goes into this and thankfully, the pasta isn't dry at all. Pretty decent, but not a must compared to some of the other dishes here, especially if you are rationing for stomach space.  

No. of Tiaras: 4/5

Butterscotch Cake ($18)
At this point, we were so stuffed that we thought dessert would be a two-bite affair. That didn't happen, and neither did we expect a huge, three-layered towering slice to appear in front of us. 
This is the dense kind of white cake, with layers separated by a layer of pecans mixed with butterscotch. The cake's denseness meant it could soak up the butterscotch sauce and bourbon ice cream as it melted. It's a combination of nuttiness, with the fragrance of butterscotch and dizzying whiff of bourbon alcohol in the silky ice cream. Simply put, we lapped up every bit of it, including the crisp bacon piece. I particularly appreciated that it wasn't too sweet. Excellent - I would totally come back for this cake. 

The hugeness of it meant it could be shared by 4.  

No. of Tiaras: 4.8/5

Overall, as with a lot of the openings within Marina Bay Sands, The Bird Southern is an addition that comes with quality food. We didn't find any misses, and some were hits. A good place to consider for a treat in Southern cooking. 

The Bird Southern Table and Bar
B1-07, Galleria Level
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Weekdays Lunch - 11am-5pm; Weekend brunch 8am-4pm
Daily Dinner 4pm-11pm