Eating out with the kiddos? 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, beloved for its selection of European furnishings, upholstery and home accessories. No surprise, then, 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!
Brand new to the bistro, which serves an all-day, Belgian-inspired menu, is an extensive kids’ menu for 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, from homemade crumble ($14) and speculoos cheesecake ($14) to gluten-free brownies ($8) and a selection of artisanal ice creams ($6 to $10).
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 hotel’s 32nd floor, the lunch is relaxed and features everything you’ve come to expect from these affairs – freshly shucked oysters, lobsters and prawns on ice, plus Italian cured meats, sashimi, and stations with laksa and satay.
The kids can stack their plates from the children’s mini-buffet, alleviating this burden from the parents, and keep entertained with cupcake decorating, colouring and balloon sculpting. The little ones are entertained, but never too far away, so they can pop over to the table when they need to, leaving Mum and Dad to relax with panoramic views.
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