Trendy Amoy Street is the perfect locale for Birds of a Feather, a funky little spot where the light fixtures are shaped like clouds, leafy trees create a terrarium kind of effect, and the kitchen puts out imaginative modern Asian dishes with a penchant for Sichuan spices. The owners are the same people behind the Good Wood Coffee chain of cafes in Chengdu, so you’ll find great house-roasted coffee, as well as craft cocktails with a kick to accompany the cuisine.
We recently revisited Birds of a Feather to see if it was as good as we remember, and we’re happy to report that it still has a great buzz, killer cocktails and awesome food. We stopped by on a Friday evening and the restaurant was full, so the only table we could snag was right at the entrance. We suggest requesting a table in the back under the skylights if you can. Despite being full, the atmosphere was still nice and not super hectic.
They recently changed their menu and took away some of the dishes we loved like the Salmon 2 Ways and the Weird Taste Chicken. However, fans of the Crispy Gyoza with truffle soy vinaigrette ($16) will be happy to know that these little golden packages of deliciousness are still on offer. New dishes range from healthy salads to indulgent mains like Asian-inspired pastas, braised duck and the wagyu striploin.
Of course we had to try some of the new dishes, so we ordered up the Sweating Mussels ($29) in a spicy, sour Sichuan sauce, the Baked Eggplant ($14) with mozzarella and fried mantou, and the Find the Chicken in the Chillies ($16), which is a great name for the dish because we don’t know how much chicken was in there, but it was damn good. If you love Sichuan food, these dishes won’t disappoint. We also tried the Bird’s Not Stinky Tofu ($16), which is apparently an acquired taste because it was too stinky for us.
The ambiance is lovely with skylights letting in natural light, comfy armchairs and quiet corners to settle into, and soft lighting and music during the evenings. One glance at the menu and you can tell that this isn’t going to be your usual rice and noodle Asian fare, as the dishes all sport quirky names and are prepared in innovative ways. And as you would expect from a Chengdu-inspired eatery, there are plenty of hot and spicy dishes to get the taste buds tingling.
If you’re looking for a fun spot with tasty food to suit all tastes, this is it. The decor is artsy, the vibes are upbeat, and the menu has a great selection of spicy Sichuan fare alongside milder options for those who just can’t handle the heat. The menu is also divided into small plates that can be shared among groups, lighter lunch dishes, substantial mains and desserts, so it’s a great place to hit up any time of day either solo, on a date or with your mates.
Birds of a Feather, 115 Amoy Street #01-0, Singapore 069935. p. +65 9755 7115. Open Mon – Wed: 10:45am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm, Thurs 10:45am – 3pm, 5pm – 12am, Fri – Sat 10:30am – 12am, Sun 10:30am – 10pm