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The Bird Southern Table & Bar @ Marina Bay Sands

Another franchise has opened in Singapore and this time, it is one that is synonymous with fried chicken and waffles in the United States. The Bird Southern Table & Bar or more commonly known as Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in U.S. is all about soul food, big flavours, hearty portions and the Southern hospitality. Its flagship did originate in Miami after all and the opening of this Singapore outlet marks the brand’s first foray into the Southeast Asian market.

Located at South Promenade of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, this restaurant can seat up to 190 pax and has two levels stretching across B1 and L1 although we highly recommend taking the bar seats on the ground floor which overlooks the waterfront promenade.

The main star of this place is none other than the Chicken N Watermelon N Waffles $45. This platter boasts of 1/2 a fried chicken, cheddar waffles and chilled watermelon cubes. The meat itself was tender, juicy and moist. Finger licking goodness in every bite for the drumstick and wing portions while the breast meat was understandably a tad drier and needed an extra douse of honey hot sauce. Waffles were more of the savory kind with the addition of cheddar and were best enjoyed with a good serving of bourbon maple syrup. Good for two to share and more than enough for someone with a huge appetite to finish.

Cocktails are another specialty at The Bird where quality handcrafted creations are made. We tried the Southern Peach $24 and Watermelon Sling $24, and were pleasantly surprised at the sharp kick of alcohol in each drink despite its cheery summer appearance. The former featured Wild Turkey 81 mixed with white peach puree & sweet tea while the latter was a refreshing blend of Death’s Door white whiskey and fresh pressed watermelon juice. The Bird also carries one of the most extensive and rare collections of Bourbons in Asia and around the world so this might just be the next watering hole for after work drinks!

Osteria Mozza by Mario Batali @ Marina Bay Sands

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.

Patisserie Platine @ RISE Lounge, Marina Bay Sands

Built on the culinary success of Waku Ghin, Patisserie Platine – the brainchild of Chef Tetsuya Wakuda – offers an incredible selection of cakes, tarts and other delectable entremets that will charm in both taste and appearance. Every component in these desserts is painstakingly made in-house, using only the finest and most premium ingredients from Japan and Europe to offer the highest quality in taste. Giving form to these beautiful works of art is a talented pastry team led by Chef Yasushi Ishino whose 16 years of experience in the pastry sector has made him a veteran in French and Japanese Pastry techniques.

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Having chanced upon the pastry maestro this afternoon, we simply could not forgo the opportunity to capture a photo of Chef Ishino plating a dessert in his sweet-scented playground.

Spago by Wolfgang Puck @ Marina Bay Sands (MBS)

Anchoring itself on the SkyPark of Marina Bay Sands (MBS), Spago is one of the latest additions to the list of celebrity restaurants that have landed on the shores of Singapore. This is celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s second restaurant in Singapore and also the first international outpost to be introduced in Asia. Famed for its top-notch Californian cuisine, diners can enjoy the same signature dishes served at the original Spago of West Hollywood, as well as other modern fusion delights inspired by Puck’s travels in Asia.

With an image of a “garden in the sky” in mind, New York-based designer Tony Chi has collaborated with Chef Wolfgang Puck and MBS on the design of Spago. Featuring an elegant, modernist garden home, the restaurant was built on a warm palette of architectural materials that includes basalt stone and fumed oak, imparting visual resemblance to a colonial-style bungalow. Blessed with the grandeur of the iconic infinity pool and a million dollar sky view of Singapore’s landscape, it sets the mood for the perfect dining experience.

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Spago offers two distinct dining spaces catered for the lunch/dinner crowd and the merry bar-goers. For a more sophisticated dining experience, diners can make reservations at Spago’s 90-seater fine dining restaurant where an extensive selection of international wines is available for the meal pairing. Next to the fine dining restaurant is a terrace lounge with an alfresco bar centerpiece that is able to accommodate 200 guests. Low tables, patterned cushions and abstract ceiling fans exude a vibrant, casual vibe for diners to mingle and socialize amid the perpendicular sofa arrangement. If you’re one of those who might be slightly more introverted, Spago’s open kitchen concept will keep you entertained with an exclusive view of the dynamic kitchen team in action.

Long Chim @ Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Fresh from earning the top spot on the San Pellegrino’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2014, Australian chef and restaurateur David Thompson went on to join the repertoire of celebrity chefs in Marina Bay Sands shortly after. Opened in September last year, Long Chim marked Chef Thomson’s debut into the Singapore culinary scene but unlike his award-winning Nahm in Bangkok, this casual-dining restaurant specialises in Thai street food and dishes are mostly below $30.

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Drawing inspiration from modern-day Bangkok, the interior design of Long Chim is both sleek and swanky with its low lying lights, 3D wooden panelled ceilings supported by walls and pillars that are unapologetically covered in murals made up of thick bold strokes.

Taking up to 150 diners at one time, Long Chim is by no means a small space and might be considered sprawling even. It offers a variety of dining experiences and you can choose to either sit at the kitchen counter for some live action, tuck into bar bites at the lounge area alongside exotic Thai cocktails concocted at the bar, book the private dining rooms for intimate get-togethers or simply dine at one of the tables in the main dining area which is sufficiently cosy.

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We started with some appetisers- Cured Pork Fritters $17 and Dried Prawns in Betel Leaves $13. The latter with its ginger notes, toasted coconuts and chunks of peanuts all wrapped in a juicy betal leaf was simply a party in the mouth with its varying textures and myriad of flavours, while the former was rightfully salty and thrilled with waves of spiciness from the slices of bird’s eye chilli.