It is fair enough to say there is no lack of reasonable coffee and brunch places at the Upper Thomson stretch, and you get the notable names from Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters, One Man Coffee To Columbus Coffee Co.
For new entrants to stand out, they got to have the special-something.
Birdy’s is a newly-opened neighbourhood kitchen and bar at 215F Upper Thomson, which serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, wines, craft beers and everything in between.
The strange name of “Birdy’s” comes from a fictional character who is peckish is all day, and the shop’s objective is to provide quality without the frills.
Therefore in terms of décor, you probably won’t use the word “insta-worthy” to describe, but the vibes did remind me of some of Australia’s cafés.
Its menu is divided into Day and Night, with the evening menu comprising of recommended dishes such as Charred Cauliflower “Steak” ($15) with semidried tomatoes, chives and hazelnut beurre noisette; Slow Cooked Pork ($25) of 12 hours braised pork belly in kecap manis, served with duck fat potato.
I went to try its Day-time menu, twice. (Friend would know it is not usual for me to go to the same café twice within a week, even a year.)
Faced with a list of items, the signatures include Duck Confit Hash ($18) of pulled duck confit with pimiento peppers, onions, potatoes, poached egg and greens; Breakfast Sanga ($14) included with bacon, fried egg, emmental cheese, house made beetroot pickles and brioche; and Overnight Oats ($11) with rolled oats, chia seeds, soy, banana, berry compote and pistachios.
Another thing I noted is most of the brunch items are priced below $20, at a range I am more comfortable at.
The rather shy bespectacled waiter mentioned I should try the Eggs On Toast ($9), even though this item didn’t ‘pop-out’ immediately as I glanced through the menu. I went along with his suggestion and didn’t regret it.
Not many cafes (even restaurants) in Singapore do the ‘simple’ Scrambled Eggs well, but Birdy’s got it just right in terms of the consistency, creaminess and fluffiness. If there is a “Top 10 Scrambled Eggs” list in Singapore, I would put the item I had on that guide.
However comparatively, the Forest Mushroom Omelette ($14) didn’t wow me as much in terms of the egg-prepartion, and I thought it lacked of the lightness and puffiness one would expect.
With that said, I enjoyed the mixture of button and black trumpet mushrooms which gave it that earthy fragrance and crunch.
Feeling peckish, I ordered Truffle Parmesan Fries ($12) and finished the entire bowl all by myself.
With no intention to offend either parties, that aroma and light crisp reminded me of P.S Café’s in the good-old days.
Coffee is from Common Man Coffee Roasters; and service was prompt and friendly as the service staff came rather frequently (in local context) to check how the different customers were doing.
Here I am wondering, if I would head down a third time. Maybe, before it gets crowded.
215F Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 10am – 12am (Fri), 8am – 12am (Sat), 8am – 4pm (Sun)