Sometimes you want a meal you don’t have to cook, in a place where the whole family can be comfortable. And we don’t mean McDonald’s. While most places around the island — including food courts — are kid-friendly, there are moments when the parent requires is more than just a high chair and some plastic cutlery. Here are some eateries that really specialize in making children, and parents, feel welcomed:
|Chicken and mango pizza | Photo credit: PizItalia Facebook|
Best for all palates
Desperate for seafood but worried about your kiddie fusspots? PizItalia actually has two separate menus – the usual East Coast seafood, plus an Italian pizza and pasta menu. The seafood is sourced from the same suppliers as the rest of the East Coast Seafood Centre so you can be confident of equal quality. If the robotic T-Rex out the front of the restaurant isn’t enough attraction for the little tykes, the indoor Jurakids Land should keep them happy; the supervised play area boasts a ball pit, slides and tunnels, and claims to be Southeast Asia’s largest adventure land in a table service restaurant. You won't know until you try.
PizItalia | Address: #01-06 East Coast Seafood Centre, 1204 East Coast Parkway | Tel: 64458554 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat & Sun noon-midnight
|Photo: Facebook | District 10 Bar & Restaurant |
District 10 Bar & Restaurant
Bouncy castle for the active ones
Don’t be shocked when friends or family members recommend District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square as a family dining place – they really know their stuff. Scattered with little munchkins during the weekend brunch (Saturdays and Sundays, 11.30am-2.30pm), squeals and giggles is background noise. There is, after all, a bouncy castle located outside. Leave the children to the bouncing, while parents dine in ease on the creamy scrambled eggs (with toasted muffins, oriental mushrooms and spring onions, $14) or the pizza with wagyu beef cheek rendang ($26). If the little ones get tired from the tumbling, District 10 provides colouring materials to slow them down and keep them occupied in their seats.
BOOK A TABLE | Address: #01-15/16/17 UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue | Tel: 67384788 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri 11.30-1am, Sat 11-1am, Sun 11am-11pm
Where moms can take a break
Tanglin Mall mothers are very aware of just how child-friendly Beviamo is. There are always plenty of high chairs and space for strollers. Practically every second table is occupied by a small person (so there’s never any judgment if your kid decides to misbehave). They serve children water in almost spill-proof takeaway coffee cups with straws. Much of their menu can be eaten without cutlery (allowing you to pat infants or rescue the table condiments from itchy fingers) or as a half serve for the kids. And while their coffee is not outstanding, it is reliable, a benefit which cannot be overrated by an exhausted mum.
Caffe Beviamo | Address: #02-K1 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road | Tel: 67387906 | Opening hours: Daily 9am-9pm
|The set lunch options at Seb's Bistro| |
Photo: Seb's Bistro Facebook
For maid's day off
This cafe-style restaurant boasts one major advantage over most other places in the west – a supervised play centre (from $8 per hour), so no more spending your whole brunch monitoring the sharing of toys. The Playhouse at Seb’s Bistro is suitable for children who are crawling upwards – but infants will still have to sit with you at the table (baby changing facilities are available). The younger kids are separated downstairs with indoor slides, train sets and the smaller ride ons while the kids from about 7 to 12 years old are upstairs. There is also a smaller play area outside, including a trampoline.
Seb's Bistro | Address: 7 Rochester Park | Tel: 67731312 | Opening hours: Tues-Sat 10am-8pm
The Playhouse | Tel: 67766683 | Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am-8pm
|The Polo Club | Photo credit: The Polo Club website|
Best for kids to run amuck
Overlooking the large field of The Singapore Polo Club, The Verandah serves a wide variety of reliable local and international dishes so that everyone can dine satisfied. The colonial feel of the place makes it ideal for afternoon gin and tonics while happily gazing at the horses-in-training. The grass area is so large that even when the riders are on the field, there is still space around for children to kick footballs, hold running races or just run amuck in the sunshine while the parents order another round. Sadly, the restaurant is only open to the public during midweek – weekends are reserved for members only.
The Verandah | Address: Singapore Polo Club, 80 Mount Pleasant Road | Tel: 68543985 | Opening hours: Weekdays 8am-10.30pm
Aimee Chan is a writer and editor who has been published in titles including Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, L'Officiel, CNNGo, Time Out Singapore and The Weekend Australian. She enjoys food, travel, books and good conversation, not necessarily in that order.