While roaming at Dhoby Ghaut, I was surprised to find a New Zealand themed eatery hidden in plain sight! Situated at Handy Road in the stretch between Plaza Singapura and the Cathay, Blackbird Bar and Bistro spells charm. The well-done interiors, good music, and friendly welcome by staff elevated the initial impression of the restaurant. There is ample seating space as the restaurant is deceptively large. If you are watching a movie at the nearby theaters or looking for good happy hour deals or brunches, this place shall not disappoint you. Their 1-on-1 cider deals are totally worth getting during happy hours.
I was in a bread and cheese kind of mood and ordered the ‘Summer Squash’ sandwich. What I love about a good grilled sandwich is that as you bite into it, the whole combination should be crispy, gooey, salty and comforting in all ways. This sandwich was all that and more. It had grilled aubergines, zucchinis, capsicum, basil pesto and brie on Turkish bread. The bread had a nice panini press feel to it and is worth trying. The fries on the side were well done and this item is quite filling.
We also ordered the ‘Rigatoni’ as the pasta main. It was cheesy and piled high with vegetables. The pasta was slightly overdone and the dish needed a little more seasoning. A decent dish, but not one of their best efforts.
As we liked the food, we decided to try the desserts as well. Their ‘Fig and Honey Ice cream ‘ definitely looked like something that should not be missed. Seated on a soft bed of berries, this huge scoop of ice cream looked regal. The sprinkled icing on the sides made it look like a planet in the solar system. Extremely tasty, highly recommended.
Chocolate fans will not be disappointed with the next dessert offering. The ‘Lava Cake ‘ was an eruption of luscious chocolate. When we cut into it, the ganache flowed right out of the center. The scoop of vanilla ice cream lent a nice balance.
Since the dessert portions were huge and were pocket-friendly, we also tried the ‘Custard Cake’ which was the daily special.
I had heard about their charcoal buns and would have liked to try them if Blackbird offered a vegetarian burger on their menu. For their affordable bistro food, top-notch desserts, friendly service and the ambiance, Blackbird Bar and Bistro should not be missed.
|In a Nutshell||Deelightful Rating|
|Cuisine Type: Bistro food||★★★1/2|
|Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah|
|Address: 6 Handy Road, Singapore 229234|
|Timings: Tue-Sun: 11.30am – 3pm ; 6pm – 10.30pm|