Monday, 5 October 2015

Children-friendly Eateries We Have Enjoyed

I was sifting through photos in my phone and decided to write about restaurants which we appreciate due to their children-friendly features.

For younger children

1) Kith


Little An was overjoyed when she spotted these animals outside Kith. We have had breakfast and lunch there and enjoyed the food. The breakfast portions were quite huge and we felt that a single portion could be shared by two.

Locations: Robertson Quay and Sentosa Cove
Outlet(s) we know of but have not been to: Park Mall

2) Brussels Sprouts


Brussels Sprouts seems to be famous for its mussels but we went there as we thought its play structures could entertain our children. The three children in our party did enjoy themselves, especially the toddler.

Location: East Coast Park
Outlet(s) we know of but have not been to: Sentosa Cove

3) The Bank Bar and Bistro



At The Bank, the children spent more time at the play area than the dining area. They did not want to leave when it was time to!

Location: Shenton Way

4) Quentin's


Here, the children also kept gravitating towards the play room so go there only if you do not mind your children disppearing halfway through the meal. The food was palatable in my opinion and I particularly love the signature devil's curry.

Location: Ceylon Road (Katong area)

5) Prive at Keppel Bay




We have not actually eaten at Prive at Keppel Bay, but we have been to TCC at Keppel Bay a number of times and Prive is located in the same building. We saw a playground within its grounds. The swing seemed popular and was occupied each time we passed it. I cannot comment on its food since we have not eaten there. The restaurant has a pleasant view and across the road is a nice boardwalk to stroll along after a meal.

Location: Keppel Bay

6) Toby's Estate



We were at Toby's Estate with a friend for breakfast. Upon seeing An, the staff brought out a beads frame for her. An enjoyed her babycino while I feasted on my delicious pulled pork breakfast. We saw children skootering outside too.

Location: Robertson Quay

7) Sports Hub Food Court


I am impressed that some food courts have play areas for children. The food court at the Sports Hub is one of them. Besides the small area with cushiony structures for stacking, there is table soccer and low tables where young children can sit and eat comfortably.

8) Cafe Melba



The draw here for kids has to be the bouncy castle. There is also a large field for running around or playing ball games. The lasagne I ordered tasted fine and the rocket leaves thrown in made the meal seem less sinful. The meal portions were big and both Lyn and I felt that we could have shared one main course.

For older children (classified as such either because toddler An needed supervision with the activities or the activities were beyond her ability due to her age)

1) Slappy Cakes


J loves this place so much that we celebrated his birthday at one of its outlets last year. Here, guests get to select their favourite batter and toppings and whip up their own pancakes.

I was particularly impressed by the staff at the Resorts World outlet. When they saw me taking out An's milk bottle, they offered to fill up the bottle with warm water. After she had finished drinking the milk, one of the waitresses volunteered to wash the bottle for me. I was very grateful for the observant and thoughtful service.

Locations: Grandstand at Turf City and Resorts World

2) Old School Cafe

The stash of games at each "desk"
The orders are written on whiteboards.

This cafe has old school games like five stones and snakes and ladders to entertain its guests while we wait for the food to arrive. I also like its cosy setup and quaint decor, not to mention the nasi lemak and tuckshop wings. Yum.

Location: Upper Thomson

3) Eat Play Love


This restaurant offers art and craft materials to occupy its guests at a small cost. On our maiden visit, we allowed J to craft while waiting for our meal to arrive. That was a mistake as the service was rather prompt and we had to stop him mid-task to start on his lunch. We saw several other children crafting only after they had eaten. Food wise, I enjoyed the Thai selections. Don't forget to make a reservation before going as we saw some people being turned away as the tables were filled. 

Location: Aliwal Street 

4) Faber Bistro 


We went to Faber Bistro quite a bit when we owned the Faber Licence as the membership granted a 20% discount (apart from unlimited Cable Car rides). The children like feeding the fish in the pond and ringing the huge wishing bell nearby. I like the beautiful view and the pork belly while Lyn likes the bak kut teh. 

Location: Faber Peak (Formerly known as Mt Faber)

5) Sand Bank 


The Sand Bank at Parkland Green has a pool for its guests to wade / soak in. When we went, Little An was too young to go into the pool unsupervised (and still is), and J understandably did not want to go in by himself. I can imagine how much fun it would be for a group of children to play in the pool together before / after a nice meal at the restaurant. 

Location: Parkland Green (East Coast Park)

Hope you'll have fun at these restaurants too, though after all the indulgence, J still proclaims that his favourite "restaurant" is the home. His papa whips up the best pasta and J rates it 11/10. I also love his papa's chicken 65 and uninhibitedly ate 9 chicken wings in a day the last time the dish was prepared!!!! 

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