Why not head to one of these places the next time you want to dine out with your family?
WORDS RACHEL KWEK
Deciding on where to eat can be quite tough for some, especially when you have young children in tow. Thankfully, more and more dining establishments provide amenities that aim to make taking your little ones out for a meal more pleasant for you. Add these to your list of places to dine at with your family!
313@somerset, VivoCity, Suntec City
From homemade pizzas to soups and salads to grilled meats, there are plenty of tasty choices for everyone in the family at Marché. Children can have the Picky Kids Meal, which includes a choice of main course, a juice or soft drink, colouring paper and pencils, a balloon and a Picky toy that changes every month. Breakfast items are available at Marché VivoCity and Marché 313@somerset on weekends from 10am-12pm. As you dine in the large dining area furnished to resemble a Swiss mountain village, your little ones can play at the play area mainly built with wood. The one at Somerset features Heidi House and a train set. Besides baby chairs, microwaves at the Somerset and Suntec City outlets enable parents with infants in tow to heat up baby food conveniently.
Wrap & Roll
The Star Vista, Changi City Point, One@KentRidge and Ion
This casual dining restaurant offers an exciting variety of classic Vietnamese dishes from the North, Central and South regions of Vietnam that the entire family will enjoy. Not only does the restaurant use fresh ingredients imported from Vietnam, but it also prides itself as the first and only Vietnamese restaurant in the city to serve freshly steamed rice paper rolls. Diners can even observe how fresh rice paper is steamed and experience wrapping their own rice rolls when they order the roll-it-yourself dishes. One roll-it-yourself dish that is extremely popular with children is Hanoi Grilled Pork Skewer. Other children’s favourites are Crispy Prawn Pancake, Grilled Chicken with Garlic Rice, Grilled Pork Steamed Rice Crepe Rolls, Pho Chicken Noodle Soup and Coconut Jelly. Upon request, each outlet provides children with colour pencils to draw on the paper placed on the tables. While baby chairs are provided at each outlet, those at The Star Vista, Changi City Point and One@KentRidge are more stroller-friendly with wide spaces.
Silver Shell Café
Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa Singapore
Replete with food for everyone and comprehensive child care amenities, Silver Shell Café gets our vote for one of the most family-friendly places to dine at in Singapore. A lower buffet counter and utensils for children makes it easy for them to feed themselves. In addition to providing the usual baby chairs, the café also houses a complimentary baby zone with conveniences that will make dining out with your baby hassle-free. Not only does it provide complimentary Heinz baby food for babies from four to 12 months old, it is equipped with milk bottle sterilisers, hot water, a microwave and baby dining utensils, baby wipes and diapers. Wow! Silver Shell Café’s buffet dinners are themed and a different selection of dishes are served up each day. One child under the age of six dines free with every adult paying for a buffet. Children under the age of 12 are charged 50% of the adult buffet price.
Food for Thought
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Come and connect with nature as you rest and relax with your family at this 250-seater situated amidst the greenery of Singapore’s oldest garden. Fans of all-day breakfasts will be delighted to know they can enjoy dishes like Gula Melaka Granola with Milk and Berries and House Works (scrambled eggs, butter brioche, bacon, hash brown and cherry tomato salad) anytime they visit. On top of a variety of main dishes, soups, salads, desserts and drinks on the menu, all outlets of the restaurant have a menu for children called Food for Tots. Choices include Milk Chocolate Pancakes and Beef Bolognese Pasta with an option to add items like juice, soup and dessert. In addition to high chairs and plastic bowls and cutlery for the little ones, the restaurant has a stroller-friendly ramp and wide aisles that allow families to park their strollers and bicycles near their tables. There is a spacious outdoor playground for children aged two to five and colouring sheets to keep the children entertained.
E-sarn Thai Cuisine
Family owned and operated, E-sarn’s group of restaurants is a good place to dine with the family with its wide selection of authentic Thai cuisine and child-friendly amenities. Baby chairs and child-friendly plastic cutlery and bowls are available at all the five outlets, but the one at The Grandstand is probably the most family-friendly. Besides non-toxic crayons for children to doodle on the paper placemats provided, there is a small playground for children aged two to six. It has a sturdy Little Tikes climbing structure with a slide that sits on padded foam mats. There are also several tables situated near the play area, so parents can keep an eye on their little ones while enjoying their meal. Being one of the larger outlets, the Grandstand outlet is suitable for large-group gatherings. Menus differ slightly among outlets, and so do prices and portion sizes. Pineapple Rice, Grilled Chicken and Mini Pandan Wings are said to be among children’s favourites.
Alexandra Road & Tampines
Well loved by many for its array of affordable and functional furniture, IKEA stores also house family-friendly restaurants that serve up Swedish dishes. Some children’s set meal choices are pasta, Swedish meatballs, pancakes and nuggets. Designed with families with young children in mind, the 700-seater at Tampines and 420-seater at Alexandra provide baby seats and have a layout that makes it easy for parents to move their strollers around. Children can play at no charge at Småland, a play area located at the entrance of both stores, as their parents do their shopping. Diaper-changing facilities and free baby food are also available in stores. Children get discounted meals and and free drinks when they join Småles, IKEA’s kids’ club, and be a smålish.