By: Hilary Galea
Singapore is renowned for its exotic culinary delights and its obsession with food, so what better place to tantalise your child’s inquisitive taste buds with some foreign flavours? With more and more kid-friendly restaurants opening their doors across the island, family meals out are no longer limited to fast-food joints and picnics in the park.
Here our pick of restaurants that not only offer tempting cuisines from around the world but also know how to keep younger customers entertained at the same time. (Plus, if you fancy trying something local, here’s our guide to 10 hawker dishes that your little one will love).
135/137 East Coast Road
Kid-friendly features: A wooden playhouse, a kids’ kitchen and an array of wooden toys. There aren’t many restaurants with a dedicated nursing room, but this is one of them. It also has a proper change table and a kiddies’ toilet.
Must try dishes: There are several non-spicy and not-too-spicy options for kids: try the masala burger; chicken or veggie thosai (rice pancake) or banana prata, all washed down with a refreshing mango lassi!
Intrepid Gastro Bar
40 Pekin St #01-01 Far East Square
Cuisine: This casual Melbourne-inspired hangout serves hearty, honest-to-goodness food prepared with fresh ingredients and offers brunch, lunch and dinner daily with a wide selection of kid-friendly as well as healthier options. A Sunday roast menu is available every first Sunday of the month.
Special features: Intrepid is also a lifestyle venue, hosting social events like drawing classes every first Saturday of the month.
Must-try dishes: Nutella toasties and pancakes go down a treat with the kids!
Opening hours: 8am to 10pm (Mondays to Fridays); 10.30am to 5pm (Saturdays and Sundays); Closed on Public Holidays.
893 Bukit Timah Road
Kid-friendly features: There’s no garden here, but the restaurant is well set-up for kids with high chairs, plastic cutlery some toys and crayons, and it’s conveniently located, set back along Bukit Timah Road.
Must-try dishes: Meatballs, kotopoulo yiro (shredded roast chicken in pita bread), pastitsio (Greek macaroni with mincemeat, topped with béchamel).
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-01 Millenia Walk
Cuisine: This three-storey Bavarian-style restaurant and microbrewery is a very popular ex-pat haunt. Enjoy German sausages served in cast iron pans and Bavarian snacks presented on wooden boards. Sunday brunch is served buffet style – without or without free-flow beer – and only $12 for kids aged between six and eleven years.
Kid-friendly features: Sunday brunches at Paulaner are a big hit with the kids, with special activities such as face-painting, mask-making, glitter tattoos, corn-popping and balloon sculpting keeping them well amused.
Opening hours: Lunch 12pm to 2.30pm (Monday to Friday, except public holidays). Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily. Sunday brunch 11.30am to 2.30pm.
75 Loewen Road
Kid-friendly features: At this casual outdoor café at Loewen Gardens, in the lush jungle surrounds of Dempsey Hill, kids can let off steam on the trampoline and play on the small swing set while mum relaxes over a nice cuppa.
Must try dishes: Why not drop in for a spot of afternoon tea and treat yourself and the kids to a cupcake or a slice of Bakewell tart, originally from England’s Peak District.
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore
Outlets: Bukit Timah, Rochester, Siglap, Boat Quay
Cuisine: Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore was established in 1988 and has been serving authentic Italian cuisines for 25 years in its outlets across Singapore. As one of the pioneers in the industry, the name always leaves a deep impression, even more so on regular customers. Pasta Fresca is not just a regular Italian joint, it has an inimitable identity that derives from its strong passion to entertain customers with warm and friendly service and serve pure Italian food.
Kid-friendly features: Pasta Fresca has designed special kids menus (set and à la carte) to cater to young taste buds and serving sizes.
Must-try dishes: Spaghetti pomodoro, fettucine bolognese, margherita pizza, Hawaiian pizza.
Opening hours: see website.
902 East Coast Parkway, Block F #01-27 Big Splash
Sentosa Cove, 31 Ocean Way #01-01 Quayside Isle
6346 4344, 6684 4344
Kid-friendly features: Parents can linger indoors and watch the kids work up a sweat on the large grass areas outside. It’s great for big group gathering as it has a very casual and relaxed atmosphere.
Must-try dish: Stoemp (pronounced “stomp”) – mashed potatoes mixed with other veggies.
Special deals: On weekends and public holidays, kids under 10 years old eat free from the children’s menu (one child per paying adult). There is often a balloon entertainer on weekends too.
Who’d have thought mashed spuds could have so many splendid names? It may be Stoemp in Germany, but it’s …
- Bubble and squeak in England
- Colcannon in Ireland
- Rumbledethumps in Scotland
- Pyttipanna in Sweden
- Trinxat in Spain
- Roupa Velha (“old clothes”) in Portugal
- Stamppot in The Netherlands