Looking for the a family-friendly brunch with kids? When it comes to dining out as a family, there are lots of things to consider – from entertainment facilities to child approved food and other kiddo-kind features. Here are some of our tried-and-tested picks for brunch and lunch spots across Singapore when you need family-friendly dining options.
Edge’s weekly Sunday brunch (12 to 3.30pm) is always a firm favourite, particularly for special occasions with the fam. Young ones are kept entertained by a roving balloon sculptor and a dedicated children’s buffet, complete with chicken tenders, pork and cheese sliders, mini pizzas, macaroni and cheese. The dessert station alone can keep them occupied for the three-and-a-half-hour run time, with its candy floss, pancakes, waffles, ice cream and chocolate fountain! Children five years old and younger dine for free, while kids aged six to 12 dine for $64.
Meanwhile, grown-ups can enjoy the newly refreshed Sunday brunch menu ($128 per adult), featuring an array of new recipes and over 15 different food stations – from chilled seafood and sushi to a carvery with freshly sliced meats and Swiss raclette. For an extra $60, parents can sip unlimited champagne, wine and gin cocktails!
Latteria Mozzarella Bar
This cosy spot is a great pick if you’re looking for a lush setting in the city paired with traditional Italian fare. The Sunday brunch ($48 per adult) is particularly lovely; little ones can play on the grassy area while adults needn’t worry about cars (the cobblestone alley is pedestrian only!). The restaurant’s family-style spread, which changes weekly, includes a selection of sharing appetisers (we live for the stracciatella cheese with eggplant caponata!), mains like four-cheese pumpkin risotto, and desserts including tiramisu and gelato. The food can be accompanied by free-flow prosecco, pinot grigio or merlotcabernet for an additional $30 only. Of course, the à la carte menu is available, too.
While there’s no dedicated children’s menu, little guests normally like to order simple pasta dishes like the mac and cheese (which is served in a small pumpkin!) or other simple pasta dishes. In fact, with every paying parent at the Sunday brunch, kids up to eight years old get a free pasta – there’s a choice of classic beef Bolognese, fresh tomato or creamy carbonara sauce. Other bambini-friendly features include baby chairs, and kid-safe plates and cutlery.
House of AnLi Bistrot
Located at the always kid-friendly Tanglin Mall, this hidden gem is situated within the House of AnLi home interiors store. The store is beloved for its selection of European furnishings, upholstery and home accessories. So, it’s no surprise that the dining space at the back is beautifully decorated, with wall-to-wall windows creating a light and airy feel. In fact, you’ll forget that you’re eating in a mall in the first place!
The bistro serves an all-day, Belgian-inspired menu, and now has a new extensive kids’ menu. Aimed at children eight and below, the “Le Petits d’AnLi” selection has over 30 items to choose from, making it pretty much impossible for even the most fickle les enfants not to find something to order. We’re talking everything from French toast (pain perdu; $8), granola parfait ($8) and organic eggs on a waffle ($18) from the breakfast selection (available until 5pm) to cheese risotto with veggies ($14), Impossible sliders ($18), pasta and meatballs ($14), and mini moussaka ($14). Even the kids’ drinks menu is massive, with babyccinos, milkshakes, smoothies and juice options for your mini-me to enjoy, including sparkling Belgian fruit juice ($18 per bottle) that comes in two flavours.
To finish, choose a dessert from over a dozen items. There’s homemade crumble ($14), speculoos cheesecake ($14) gluten-free brownies ($8), a selection of artisanal ice creams ($6 to $10) and more.
While champagne brunches are all about the bubbles, The Westin Singapore’s Sunday Family Lunch (12 to 3pm) puts the focus on the families and the food. And it’s a steal at $58 per adult, and $29 per child (ages four to 12; three and under are free). Even with the Prosecco option, you’re barely breaking the $100 mark.
Located on the 32nd floor, the lunch is relaxed and features everything you’ve come to expect from these affairs. You’ll find freshly shucked oysters, lobsters and prawns on ice, plus Italian cured meats, sashimi, laksa, satay and more. The kids can stack their plates from the children’s mini-buffet, alleviating this burden from the parents.
Little ones will also be kept entertained with cupcake decorating, colouring and balloon sculpting. They’ll never be too far away, so they can pop over to the table when they need to, leaving Mum and Dad to relax with panoramic views.
Originating in the UK, this popular pizza chain offers a casual-chic ambience with a semi-open kitchen where kids can enjoy live cooking in action. They’ll especially go bonkers for the world-famous, soft and chewy Dough Balls “PizzaExpress” ($11) – 16 mini dough balls served with garlic butter, pesto Siciliano and pesto Genovese – and the generously portioned pizzas. Celebrating your child’s birthday? Throw a pizza-making party! The two-hour-long party allows kids to get creative with crafting their very own pizzas, then gobbling them up.
Open Farm Community
Available from 11am to 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, Open Farm Community’s weekend brunch is a casual and relaxed affair amidst lush surrounds. The dishes clearly support its stance on spearheading local farming, and using fresh, seasonal produce.
All eggs used are locally sourced from Freedom Range; try the OFC Carbonara ($28), a comforting dish of fresh spaghetti with thick-cut pork belly and onsen egg. Kid-friendly dishes include the beef burger ($30) and house-baked focaccia ($7). Don’t miss out on the sweets, too; the double chocolate donut ($14) is on top of our must-try list. The adults can opt for free-flow sparkling rosé at a top-up of $39.
Not only is there a garden to explore, but there’s a bowling lawn close to the outdoor dining area, as well as a wooden climbing frame grounded in sand at the front. There’s the ping-pong table close by, too. Words to the wise: If you choose to sit outside, bring mozzie spray.
A great spot for family weekend dining, mummy meetups and weekday lunches, Huber’s features an enclosed outdoor playground where kiddos can play while their grown-ups catch up over a glass of wine and some food from an extensive menu of charcuterie, sausages and meaty mains – with kiddie portions available for many of the dishes, too! You’ll also find soups, salads, desserts and weekend breakfast options, plus a selection of beer, cider, wine and cocktails. Afterwards, be sure to stock up on gourmet goodies inside at Huber’s Butchery.
Located at The Oval@Seletar Aerospace Park, Wheeler’s Estate offers both The Verandah on the second level, as well as the more casual Café by the Lawn on the first level. The latter serves a meat-heavy menu Tuesday to Sunday from 3pm – including the signature 1.2kg Tomahawk ($168) plus an array of popular pizza options – and a weekend brunch menu (9am to 2.30pm). While the kids’ menu is small, with just three not-so-nutritious items to choose from (chicken nuggets, calamari rings and cheesy macaroni and ham; $10 each), it does the trick for a weekend treat. The best part? Not only is the sprawling lawn great for a run around, but there’s also an aviation-themed playground located right next door.
Café Melba at Mediapolis
Tucked within the media hub at One-North (and right next to Tanglin Trust School), this laid-back Australasian eatery is the sister restaurant to the original East Coast branch – famous for its status as one of the best family-friendly cafés around. This location is also super kid-friendly, with a bouncy castle on weekends (and public holidays), a giant tic-tac-toe game and plenty of space to run and scoot. The kids’ menu has plenty of choices including pizza, pasta, and pancakes ($13 per set). Meanwhile, adults can enjoy all-day breakfast items, burgers and hearty mains. There’s even a special roast menu on weekends from 11am! Happy hour runs from 3pm to 8pm on weekdays, so go on and sip a $10 glass of wine while the kids have a post-school play.
Bonus: With each purchase of a children’s meal, your child will collect a loyalty stamp on his or her Kids’ Club Card; collect eight stamps to get a main adult meal on the house, and collect 15 stamps and your little one becomes a member of the Kids’ Gold Club, where they’ll get a free meal at each visit!
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