Birds Of A Feather – Sichuan Influenced Western Food in Amoy Street
As the saying goes, Birds of a feather, flock together.
Birds of A Feather is the new all-day dining, cafe and bar in Amoy Street that is the perfect antidote to frenzied, stressed out lives. The owners are from Chengdu, where they own Good Wood Coffee, a successful chain of café across Chengdu. As the capital of Sichuan province, the city has given rise to an entrenched tea culture and a globally renowned cuisine.
The space here is BEAUTIFUL! There is green everywhere with comfortable sitting spaces where you can really come and relax and bond over food. On the menu is superb contemporary Western cuisine with a pronounced Sichuan influence.
Look forward to small plates options such as Crispy Pork Trotter in a Bag ($12/5pcs), Find the Chicken in the Chillies ($16), Fortune Skewer in Szechuan Pepper Broth ($19) and Fried Calamari ($19) with yuzu tartar sauce. Crispy Pork Trotter in a Bag is inspired by paper wrap chicken or shaker fries where you add in the sichuan spices into the paper bag and shake it well with the cooked trotter. Positively exploding with flavour, Find the Chicken in the Chillies, or simply firecracker chicken, comes fiery and filled with sichuan peppers and chillies.
Fortune Skewer in Szechuan Pepper Broth is a party in a bowl half-filled with chile-laced broth and long bamboo skewers sticking up. At the pointy end of the skewers, you might find almost anything: prawns, lotus root, quail eggs, cauliflower etc. You never know quite what you are getting when you pluck each skewer from the broth, the element of surprise is definitely there. The broth is almost mild enough to sip and you can top with noodles after finishing all the skewers.
For flavours from the less-spicy end of the spectrum, go for the Roasted Chicken & Avocado Salad with Szechuan Pepper ($18) and Charcoal Roasted Romaine Lettuce ($16). The former is a very western dish on a bed of mixed greens and lemon dressing while the latter features deep fried fried cheese ball in a nutty sesame dressing. I like the Grilled Cheese Panini ($20) with flavourful braised pork belly in sichuan style, pickled cabbage and fried potato. Or, go for the Bird’s Signature Burger ($30) with charcoal grilled beef patty with foie gras, cheddar and caramelized onion.
We enjoyed the Oriental Bolognese ($20) very much. A modern version of zha jiang mian, thin angel hair pasta is cooked with pork ragout, onsen tamago, wilted kale and sakura ebi. You can want it non-spicy or spicy (add $2). I wish they were more generous with the pork ragout but the onsen tamago coated the noodles well, balanced with the deep, earthy notes from kale. Tofu burger with Mapo Meat Sauce ($22) has got soft house-made bun sandwiched in MAPO pork ragout, tofu cheese patty and pickled cucumber served in fried potato.
Available only for dinner, Hot & Sour Chazuke ($28) featuring niigata rice with spicy mustard green broth, charcoal grilled barramundi and mentaiko. The clear broth is spicy and appetizing, balanced with tangy pickles. Such comforting bowl of porridge that works best for rainy days.
You might as well stay for desserts. Although it’s not extensive, they have some good ones including Raspberry Granite ($16), Poached Pear ($12) and Glutinous Rice Cakes ($12). Homemade cakes such as Feather Cheese Cake served with Red Fruit Compote ($9), Sea Salt Caramel Cheesecake ($9), Chocolate Cake ($12) and Matcha Tiramisu ($8) are available as well. And the choice of beverages is not limited to tea and water, they make decent coffee as well as cocktails and mocktails.
Birds of A Feather
Address: 113 Amoy Street Singapore 069935
Phone: 6221 7449
Opening Hours: aily from 10 am to 11 pm