American comfort food arrives on our shores in the form of The Bird Southern Table & Bar at MBS

Chicken ‘n’ watermelon ‘n’ waffles. Photo: Marina Bay Sands

The next time you find yourself at Marina Bay Sands with no clue what to eat — you’re probably better off steering clear from the ridiculously expensive food court, FYI — consider dishing out a couple more bucks for American comfort food. The Bird Southern Table & Bar is the first international outpost of the critically-acclaimed Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, and it pays homage to the classic Southern dishes of the US.

Biscuits with fried chicken. Photo: Marina Bay Sands

Taking up a two-storey space in the swanky mall, the 190-seater is designed with a rustic, industrial vibe in mind. Features like an open kitchen, a chill alfresco seating area and live telecasts of major sporting events make it less stuffy and intimidating than some of the other celeb chef restaurants in the vicinity — but this being MBS, you’ll still have to fork out a good chunk of money for a meal here. Sorry.

Menu-wise, The Bird offers a line-up of dishes that includes the famous 100-year-old recipe of Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken ($35) with honey hot sauce, as well as other Southern favorites like shrimp ‘n’ grits ($39), and sides such as buttermilk biscuits ($10), deviled eggs ($14), mac and cheese ($14), cornbread ($10), and fried green tomato BLT ($18).

Fried green tomato BLT. Photo: Marina Bay Sands

Since it’s the restaurant’s first venture overseas, they’re also including a Singapore-exclusive item that puts a pricey spin on a beloved local dish. The Low Country Laksa ($38) is a bowl of skin-on snapper fillet with Carolina gold rice pirlau, sweet corn, spiced pecans, and crispy poached egg swimming in a broth of caramelized ginger and coconut. We’ll leave you to decide if it’s anywhere close to (or better than) the original.

Low country laksa. Photo: Marina Bay Sands

On the dessert side, Southern sweets come in the form of the peach cobbler ($25) with marzipan crumble and vanilla ice cream, salted caramel bread pudding ($15), and flower pot Mississippi mud pie ($18).

If you’re craving for a cocktail, try popular concoctions like blackberry bourbon lemonade ($27), Old Fashioned with bacon-infused bourbon ($27), or watermelon sling ($24). For locally-inspired drinks, options include The Ong Bak ($25) of Wild Turkey 81, lime cordial and Chang beer; The Sloe Plum Shrubble ($22) made with gin and lemon sherbet; and The Japanese Porkchop ($26), a blend of citrus, thyme, dijon mustard and unfiltered apple cider with Japanese whisky.

The Ong Bak. Photo: Marina Bay Sands

The Bird Southern Table & Bar is at B1-07 & L1-82 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Daily 11am-11pm.

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