Blackbird Bistro & Bar, at Handy Road, has been revamped and now offers casual lunches and dinners, a full bar with happy hour and brunch on weekends and holidays. This casual bistro in between Plaza Singapura and The Cathay is spacious and a great place for watching the busy pedestrian traffic passing in front of the bistro. Helmed by Chef Ken Tan, who was born deaf, the bistro’s menu is quite extensive with interesting items such as Summer Squash Sandwich, Wagyu Open Sandwich, Savannah Grass Fed Angus Beef Tenderloin, New Zhepherd Pie, Miso Cod Fish and a variety of small plates.
Blackbird has an al fresco seating area and a modern indoor area which is nicely decorated in simple contemporary style. The ceilings have black and white graphic patterns featuring blackbirds as well as colourful stained glass-liked decor. Tables are well spaced out. The place has a casual friendly atmosphere.
Besides their regular menu, they also offer set lunches and afternoon tea sets. From time to time they have specials such as Sake Set Dinner. The beverage list is also very interesting with items ranging from Havana Coffee and healthy juices to coolers and exotic cocktails.
We went there for brunch on a weekend. The brunch menu has the usual items but also allows you to design your own brunch plate. We ordered the Eggs Benny ($16) and French Toast with bacon ($14). We added the savoury muffins ($4.50 for 2) as a side. The latte and cappuccino were $5.50 each.
The Eggs Benny were two perfectly poached eggs served with bacon, salad and English muffin. It was what you would expect and was delicious. The French Toast was really thick and fried to a golden brown. The texture was great and you could taste the eggs with the bread. With butter, syrup and strips of crispy honey bacon, the simple bread dish was most gratifying. The savoury muffins were quite interesting too – they had bits of zucchini, bacon, corn and cheese.
We had an enjoyable brunch is a nice relaxed setting. The young crew of service staff was cheerful and enthusiastic. Service was friendly and efficient. We like the fact that free water was offered. The ice water was flavoured by whole cut orange in the water jar. It was visually appealing and the water had a nice tinge of citrus taste.
Blackbird Bistro & Bar – with its wide range of interesting items on its menu at fairly affordable prices and a pleasant ambience – is a place we would go back to.
Blackbird Bistro & Bar
6 Handy Road
Nearby Stations : Dhoby Ghaut, Bras Basah
Lunch : 11.30am to 3pm
Dinner : 6pm to 10.30pm
Bar Snacks : till 11pm
Brunch : 10am to 5pm
Happy Hour : 4pm to 8pm
Brunch on weekends and public holidays : 10 am to 3 pm
Closed on Mondays
#Street Fact – Handy Road is named after Dr James M Handy, a pioneer Ceylonese doctor in early Singapore. His son, Dr James T Handy, was the husband of Mrs. Ellice Handy, Principal of Methodist Girls’ School from 1945 to 1957.