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 food.
Why you should come here:
The ambiance here is lovely with skylights letting in natural light during the day, 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 tastebuds tingling.
What we love:
The relaxed atmosphere, free Wi-Fi and great coffee make Birds of a Feather a sweet place to hang and sip coffee while checking emails or have a leisurely business lunch or meeting. We actually came 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. Our only complaint was that the dim lighting made it hard to read the menus, which are black with gold writing.
Some people may not like the innovative Sichuan dishes, but we did. We ordered a number of different plates and would definitely go back for the Crispy Gyoza with a tangy truffle soy vinaigrette, the Salmon 2 Ways, which included fresh salmon tartare with apple granite and Sichuan pepper set atop a smoking bowl and cured confit salmon with Japanese sweet purple potato, lychee and roasted bell pepper coulis on the side. The Weird Taste Chicken sounded… well, weird, but it actually tasted great.
On weekends and public holidays, Birds of a Feather serves brunch all day from 10am to 5pm with dishes like the Birds Skillet loaded with eggs, bacon, Sichuan sausage, camembert and cheddar cheese, spicy Chorizo, roasted baby potato, and housemade tomato sauce. After brunch is over at 5pm, they close the doors. We’re not sure how we feel about just brunch all day long with no dinner service on the weekends, so we hope they change that in the future.
Lunch will set you back about $25++ and dinner goes for about $50++ for an appetizer and a main, not including drinks.
Where: 115 Amoy Street #01-01
Tel: +65 9755 7115
Hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 10pm, Thurs - Fri: 11am - 12pm, Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm