The last feather in the cap to Amoy’s stellar year of dining and cocktail excellence opened its doors at the end of the year. Transporting a small part of Chengdu to Singapore’s city centre, Birds of a Feather is the first operation in the Lion City for the owners of Chengdu’s popular chain, Good Wood Café. This casual but stylish all-day eatery is a surprising and welcome addition to the street, offering a good option for anything from a breakfast coffee to an evening cocktail or full dinner. If the aim was to build a place to relax and hang out with a laptop, they have succeeded in spades – with its network of power points, high speed Wi-Fi and excellent coffee, it offers a fabulous alternative to the usually cramped high street coffee chains that attract the nomadic workforce.
With its surprisingly large interior – you’d never guess its size from outside – the eclectic mix of furniture is well spread out, allowing for small meetings or gatherings to go ahead in relative privacy. The interior design is a charming blend of greenery and polished woods, with natural light streaming in through the raised skylights – with its modern almost aviary-like appearance, you might not be surprised to see birds swooping from plant to plant. Design pieces add a contemporary flourish – the team here is definitely not taking itself too seriously. Seating is varied as are the tables – perch on the bar, choose small and intimate or share with strangers on the large communal wooden slab.
In one corner, the open kitchen sees chefs at work, preparing the kitchen’s unique blend of international cuisine with Sichuan influence. Known for its often fierce heat, this fiery Chinese cuisine adds a sizeable kick to many a dish on the menu – don’t miss favourites like the ‘Find the Chicken in the Chillies’ on the all-day small plates menu or the wonderfully aromatic Hot and Sour Chazuke on the dinner menu, a warming dish served with Grilled Barramundi, Mentaiko and Niigata Rice in a pickled mustard broth . The dishes are not overly spicy though and not everything packs a punch – the Grilled Cheese Panini with Braised Pork Belly and Pickled Cabbage is a good wholesome brunch or lunch choice, as is the Oriental Bolognaise with OnsenTamago, Mizuna and Ebi Sakura. To cool the palate, finish off with the Poached Pear, served with citrus, ginger, longan, snow fungus and caramel orange ice-cream.
If you’re dropping by for an evening drink with some to-die-for ‘small plate’ bar snacks, we’d recommend ordering the Crispy Port Trotters in a Bag, the Fried Calamari and the Fried Potato and Japanese Sweet Potato. All are designed to go perfectly with an ice-cold beer and here they have the very refreshing Spanish pilsner Moritz on tap to do the job.
Birds of a Feather, 113 Amoy Street, tel 6221 7449.
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