There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants across Singapore, but it’s not always easy finding one that has ample space for the kids to roam around, a fully-equipped sound system for private events, and uber-delicious grub. That’s why we’re excited about Picotin Express, a spacious spot in the East Coast hood serving a wide range of hearty and wholesome European dishes in generous portions. We look at some of their best salads, mains and dessert as well as the side entertainment!
Whether it’s a cosy family dinner, a monthly meet-up with friends, or a private party, Picotin Express is well-suited for various occasions. The setting is casual and relaxed, so it’s the perfect place to drop by after work for a well-deserved pint, or turn up in shorts for laidback brunch on a Saturday. Entertainment-wise, there’s table football and a snooker table at the alfresco dining area. On a regular day, the spacious bistro offers a variety of seating arrangements for different crowds. But if you’re planning to host a function, the restaurant is equipped with a sound system and projector, and can host up to 200 people in total – 120 indoors and 80 outdoors.
Hearty European fare
Portions here are pretty generous (which we’re not complaining about) so it’s best to visit in a group, especially if you’re a small eater. An easy, elegant starter we enjoyed is the asparagus, Parma ham and poached egg salad ($20). You also won’t go wrong with the classic tomato and mozzarella salad ($18): fresh, plump and juicy heirloom tomato pieces served with a giant mozzarella ball and a flavourful pesto sauce on top.
The star of the show, however, were the mains. A must-try is whole roasted spring chicken ($25), a great option for sharing. Served with a sweet red wine sauce on the side, the chicken boasted a beautiful char on the skin and was super tender on the inside. We also devoured the herbed potatoes, carrots and shimeiji mushrooms that came along with the dish. Next came a whole baked red snapper with pesto potato and sauce vierge ($32). Paired with a refreshing lemon and apple rocket salad, this huge fish is doused in a tangy olive and Roma tomato sauce to offset any fishiness. This was a hands-down favourite at the table!
It’s commonly said that humans have a separate stomach for desserts, but to me this statement only holds true if the desserts are actually good! Here at Picotin Express, despite feeling stuffed from the meal (it was three of us against four sizeable dishes), we managed to wipe off our two desserts within minutes – a testament to how delicious they were! The apple crumble ($12), served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, was well-spiced with a tart flavour, tasting like home-baked goodness in every bite. If you have room for more, another excellent pick is the creamy panna cotta ($10), which came with mixed berries on top for good measure.
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