I heard many great things about Birds of a Feather before my first visit here a few weeks ago. This all-day dining cafe and bar that serves Sichuan-influenced Western food opened by folks who are natives from Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan province), has created many waves on social media for its creative dishes and gorgeous space.
We came by one Saturday morning to try their weekend brunch menu and was enthralled by our surroundings. It was like stepping into a whole new landscape filled with tall lush greenery, plants at every corner and wooden accents to compliment. Our dining table for starters was a pseudo cross section of a huge tree trunk while the chairs were mismatched too for that quirky touch. Loved every inch of this place.
The price range of the brunch items were between $20-$26, with a little chilli drawing marked next to the dishes that were spicy. No surprises that quite a number of dishes were marked especially since Sichuan cuisine is known for its fieriness and bold use of spices!
Osteria Mozza offers diners an assortment of dishes inspired by their chefs’ adventures across the globe. For this month of March, the restaurant has taken the unconventional route of returning back to its roots, and showcasing a menu unique to Emilia-Romagna, the northeast region of Italy. This Emilia Romagna Regional Menu costs $128++ per person and $216++ with wine pairing.
The amuse-bouche of Ricotta Cheese with Olive Tapenade was the first to reach our table. This appetizer was indeed a treat for the eyes with the delicate placement of each component done with much finesse. We certainly enjoyed how the puréed olives (tapenade) complemented the homemade ricotta clouds perfectly.
Diners can choose either the Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna or Affettati Misti.
The Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna is essentially a bowl of minestrone soup made with seasonal vegetables. Although the variations of this classic soup are endless, the restaurant’s rendition boasts of clean, beautiful flavours as the Parmigiano broth lends an earthy finish to the vivid greens.
Ever needed to get flowers delivered to your girlfriend or loved one at the last minute only to realise that most online florists require at least 24 hours advance notice?
Well, A Better Florist is here to help with their same day delivery policy as long as you order before 4pm that day. Delivery is done from 9am-6pm so if like me you ordered your flowers at 3pm, you will still receive them before 6pm!
There are about 8 different types of bouquets offered with flowers ranging from the classic roses, cheerful sunflowers and dainty tulips. Prices start from $68 for a bouquet of sunflowers such as The Ayla to $108 for the more elaborate collection of pastel roses and calla lilies which I ordered- The Emma.
As mentioned in my earlier post, Botanico is one of two dining destinations by The Garage (the other being Bee’s Knees Cafe), which recently opened at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Located at level 2 of the white-washed colonial building that was built in the 1920s and carefully restored to house the F&B outlets, Botanico serves a contemporary European menu and opens only in the evenings from 6pm onwards.
We started our dinner with a Botanico Salad $18 that was the epitome of summer with its colour palette and bright yellow edible flowers. Made up of Heirloom Momotaro tomatoes from Cameron Highlands, pickled beetroot and charred cucumbers, this garden in a plate is a dream come true for every vegetarian. Our favourite part was the soft creamy burrata which brought all the elements together very nicely.
From the same people who opened One Rochester Group and 1-Altitude, comes a new two-storey dining destination at Singapore Botanic Gardens called The Garage. Combining two concepts in a single building, level 1 is the family-friendly, more convivial younger sibling- Bee’s Knees while level 2 houses the slightly more serious older sibling with a contemporary flair- Botanico.
The now transformed terrace space at level 1 was an actual garage where cars used to park back in the day during the 1920s. Much of the exterior architecture has been retained as well as the iconic seven arched entryways that now serve as pick-up points for the open-concept kitchen. Seat offerings include indoors with regular dining chairs and bar stools or the al fresco area with high velocity fans to help you combat the heat. Regardless of your choice, it will be a quiet respite away from the city.
We had brunch here on a public holiday and it came as no surprise that the place was packed. Mostly filled with large groups of families and friends, many also brought their dogs along to enjoy the pet-friendly garden cafe with its casual and relaxed atmosphere.
The menu is all about pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts. Not extensive but decent enough to find something you will enjoy. Prices start at $15 for a pasta, $22 for pizza and $14 for waffles. No service charge is added to your bill because you order and make payment at the counter. The food will be served to your table once it is ready.
Between the three of us, we ordered the Tiger Prawns $18 pasta, Truffle Carbonara $26 pizza and Caramelised Apples Cranberries and Greek Yoghurt $14 waffles.