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THE BOOK CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, River Valley, Singapore

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

I can safely say The Book Cafe ranks riiiiight up there as one of the most kid-friendly cafes I’ve visited in Singapore. 

Ironically, I’d been pushing off checking out this cafe for months, because I thought it was very baby-UNfriendly (I was under the impression that, being a book cafe, it was practically like a library and kiddos were not tolerated). Of course, the day never came where I’m *ahem* rid of both kids, so one day I just decided to bite the bullet and meet some girl friends there.

I’ve since been back 3-4 times, with either one or both kids, and I am delighted with this cafe.

It’s cozy and laid back, with friendly service and a casual atmosphere. The patrons seem to be split into three groups: the diners that park themselves for ages (studying or working on their laptop), the diners that are there for a quick business lunch, and the diners with young children in tow (<– points to self).

I’ll be frank – I feel really sorry for the people there trying to study/work. The cafe is split into two areas, with the couch section popular with the parents-with-kids. If you’re there trying to study/work, you’ll want to think again, buddy. I personally wouldn’t want to be there whilst kids are wandering around and distracting you!

That said, the couch section is AWESOME if you have kids in tow. The couches are low enough for kids to climb up/down, very comfy, and you’re able to spread out all your kiddie paraphernalia. It’s also pretty contained, so kids are pretty safe.

And, OH MY GOODNESS, they have toys. A big, fat box of toys for kids to dig around in and amuse themselves with. What a hit!!

 

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore
The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

I have a soft spot for their latte. I ask for mine in their big mug (usually reserved for their iced drinks), with an extra shot otherwise it’ll be too milky. It always hits the spot, and I love sipping on my big glass of coffee as I relax on the couch and oversee the kids, without having to chase after them like a crazy chicken.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Their food ranges from pretty decent to excellent. The prices are very reasonable, and the portion sizes satisfying.

For example, this Chicken and mushroom alio olio is a children’s portion, at $7 I believe? It’s as big as an adult-sized portion at other cafes! It had more ingredients than it did pasta 😉 Hunter really enjoyed it.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

The Olive rice with chicken was also very filling. Tender grains of rice flecked with a generous portion of tasty chopped olives, and packed in with chicken chunks. However, it was the same chicken chunks as the pasta above, so I was a bit bored of it by then as I’d already eaten some of Hunter’s meal.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

But their Cheeseburger and wedges. OH MY. Their #1 dish and a must-order. Surprisingly, once of the  best burgers I’ve had in Singapore!

The glossy bun is soft and fluffy, and I love the melted cheese and crispy lettuce. But it’s the patty that rocks – cooked medium by request, it was so juicy and full of that real meat flavour (compared to some fast food places with very odd tasting meat). The whole thing was juicy and dripping, and just packed with deliciousness. I’m smacking my lips just thinking about it! I’ve had it about 3 times now, and it’s been good every time, so consistency is there.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

The Book Cafe is one of the rare places where I can sit down and relax for an extended period of time, whilst the kids potter around and play. More often than not, I’m trying desperately to keep them amused, or chasing after them in a cafe. For this reason, I really appreciate The Book Cafe’s concept and kid-friendliness.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

Believe it or not, they have their own baby change table! So convenient and what a relief for mums with a messy poo job at hand. Plus, their regular adult toilets have a drop-down mini toilet seat, for potty trained kids.

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Hunter and Carter really enjoy visiting  The Book Cafe, and Hunter remembers it as “the toy cafe”. He thinks it’s his second home 😉

The Book Cafe - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 
Last Bite: The Book Cafe offers a couch section with a large box of toys, sure to be a hit with your kids. With free WIFI and a wide menu, they are a popular spot for parents with kids. Check out their cheeseburger, it’s a stunner!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: Yes
Kids’ menu: No

The Book Cafe
20 Martin Road
01-02 Seng Kee Building
Singapore 239070
Phone: 6887 5430
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Thu: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm, Fri – Sat: 8:00 am – 12:00 am, Sun: 8:00 am – 10:30 pm
 
 

EATPLAYLOVE CRAFT CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bugis, Singapore

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

The interior of EatPlayLove Craft Cafe is an explosion of rainbow colours, lantern lamps, cute bunting and tons (and I mean tons) of toys. All set against bright turquoise walls in a spacious cafe.

It’s pretty overwhelming.

Our kids gawked a little when they stepped in. I guess they were expecting a standard ‘ol cafe for lunch.. and thought we’d gotten confused and brought them to a playgym instead!

They immediately dashed over to the craft area like their lives depended on it, busy inspecting all the little bits and bobs and excitedly chattering away.

And the adults? We dashed over to all the old school toys and snacks area.. completely enthralled with it all and equally as overwhelmed by all the cute little knick knacks everywhere. There is SO much to poke around in and check out!

The whole premise of EatPlayLove Craft Cafe is a place to dine whilst your kids are kept out of trouble (*fingers crossed*) crafting away at the kids table.

It’s probably best for kids aged 2.5 years and up. Our kids are 2.5 years and didn’t require hand-holding to craft, but they did need an eye kept on them, just in case they did something odd like try and lick the glue (gah) or snatch stuff from other kids.

 

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

So the idea is, you pay $5 for 1 hour of crafting. I will make it LOUD AND CLEAR here: you must return your kid’s badge when they are done! If you forget and get them to sit with you to eat, you’ll end up with being charged for it despite the kid not crafting. This is exactly what happened to us, because I wasn’t informed that I was supposed to return the badges (note: I did point out that I was never told this, so they waived the extra hour’s charge).

For your $5, you get 1 sheet of paper and a little packet of crafty things, including glue. There are also tons of little ribbons, colourful pipe cleaners, etc that are at the crafting area, that you’re free to help yourself to.

 

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

Our kids were completely absorbed for the 30mins that they were crafting, before the food arrived. Hunter was wearing ‘nice’ clothes but was very neat and didn’t get himself messy. At 2.5 years old, he was able to apply glue, stick on whatever stuff, and cut things up.. all by himself. I think that’s about average ability for his age, and this is why I think this crafting concept suits 2.5 years old and up the best.

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

I was delighted to find out that the menu was fairly extensive, and very reasonably priced. The food is actually pretty good. Very home-cooking like, but tasty and satisfying.

I’m glad I picked the Iced Vietnamese Coffee – it was potent and really hit the spot. Plus, loving the old school glass mugs they serve drinks in!

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

The Kids Menu consisted of a small main dish, and served with a drink of your choice (I chose Yakult). Hunter gobbled up almost his whole bowl of Chicken Macaroni Soup, which was very home-style and simple, but it seemed to go down well with him.

The other kids menu item we had was the Baked Macaroni and Cheese which came in a startling neon orange/yellow colour, but it was tasty and well-received.

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

My Chicken Chop with fries was cooked very well. The chicken skin was crisp and flavourful, and the chicken itself was tender and juicy. I enjoyed the mushroom gravy poured on top, though I did crave for more of the stuff to slop my chicken and fries in.

Their fries are SUPERB. I’m not sure what they do, but the fries are so tasty and cooked to perfection. I could eat a whole bowl of these suckers!

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

We requested for two high chairs, but were told only one was available. Something to note if your kid absolutely needs one – best to request for one the moment you step in the cafe, and not just when the food arrives.

That said, how cute is it?!

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

 

The kids were really proud of their handicraft and merrily posed for this picture. Hunter’s craft is now displayed in the kids’ room. I’m particularly proud of it because he did the entire thing himself (usually his handicraft is done with me beside him, guiding him along).

EatPlayLove Craft Cafe

Hunter wearing a Burberry  (more…)

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Brunch With My Baby is all about helping parents live a stylish, delicious and fun life with their kids. We write kid-friendly reviews on places to eat, play and explore in Singapore. We also profile local businesses, review kid-friendly products and run giveaways.

 

What “Kid-Friendly” Means to Us
“Kid-Friendly” doesn’t have to mean a menu of chicken nuggets, fish & chips (though of course that’s always nice, on occasion) and a soft drink. It can mean a welcoming atmosphere, or extra-helpful waitstaff who discreetly bring you extra napkins and a plastic cup of water before you’ve even asked. It could mean that there are lots of other kids at the restaurant as well, or that there is a great playground across the street. It’s all the little things that make taking a kid out to eat not so stressful and even, dare we say, fun.

 

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The Weir Café: Kid-Friendly Cafe, Audley, Sutherland Shire

Living on the doorstep of one of Sydney’s amazing National Parks is a gift we don’t take advantage of enough, and with a recently updated kid-friendly café set in the most beautiful natural settings this is definitely something we will start doing more often. The Weir Café is a lively eating spot for Shire locals and tourists with table space at a premium on a sunny Spring day. Fortunately we arrived early enough to secure a table on the edge of the park and went about reviewing the breakfast (brunch) menu.

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.comThe Weir Café in its beautiful setting.  Photo by Katia Barker

Bacon was on order for both Ross & I, with Ross choosing the Bacon & Egg Sandwich ($12.50) with a side of Chorizo Sausage ($4.50) and I opted for the BLAT ($15.00). Jenson nibbled his way through Raisin Toast ($5.90) with his drink of choice Banana Milkshake ($3.70), and with two coffees ($3.70 each) we were set.

Jenson was not in the mood to sit quietly or patiently this morning, so I took him for a wander around the park whilst Ross entertained our little lady (who ate her food, plus some of my brunch, and half of Jenson’s toast). The park area is fantastic for picnics and groups were setting up for parties and D.I.Y lunches. The Weir Café also offers picnic hampers if you are wanting to spoil yourself and let someone else do the hard work.

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.com Jenson at Play. Photo by Ross Barker

The food arrived promptly and we tucked in. My BLAT was generous and tasty with a sneaky kick of garlic aioli, and Ross devoured his Bacon & Egg sandwich with a nod of approval. We agreed that both meals were good value and would definitely order again. Whilst there is no specific kids’ menu for breakfast you can order individual items to cater for smaller appetites, and there is a small kids’ menu for lunch (all $10.00 each).

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.comBLAT ($15.00). Photo by Katia Barker

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.comBacon & Egg Sandwich ($12.50) with Chorizo ($4.50). Photo by Katia Barker

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.comFeeding frenzy with the kids, Isla demanding more! Photo by Katia Barker

It would have been nice to sit back and order a second coffee and take in the scenery however the little people had other ideas and so we packed up once the last bite was gone and spent time exploring nature instead. Fortunately there was no waiting around for the servers at The Weir Café as you order and pay at the same time which is a good move when the little people say “let’s go!”.

Weir Cafe - #kid-friendly #restaurants - #Audley, #Sutherland Shire via brunchwithmybaby.comSpecial times with the family. Photo by Ross Barker

Last Bite: The Weir Café is a unique, kid-friendly café set in a stunning location that is well worth the extra effort to take a trip and visit. Although you pay an $11.00 entry fee to the National Park there is enough to do for a whole days’ worth of fun, including hiring a canoe, kayak or paddle boat or various bush walks. Don’t forget to pack the scooter / bike / frizbee! 

Highchairs: Yes
Stroller Storage: Yes
Easy Access: Yes
Change Tables: No
Kids Menu: Yes 

The Weir Cafe
Lady Carrington Drive,
Audley, NSW
Phone: 02 9542 6222
Price: $$
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am – 7pm
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TRATTORIA BONISSIMA: Kid-Friendly Restaurants, Katong, Singapore

A perfectly done Tiramisu at Trattoria Bonissima

 

Come to think of it, I don’t often eat Italian food in Singapore. I don’t mean the random, mainstream Italian food catered for the masses (OMG I really sound like a food snob here! Eeek!! Sorry!) but rather classic, rustic, homestyle Italian. I guess partly because they tend to be fine-dining and pretty expensive, so I feel like I have to be celebrating an occasion to warrant the splurge.

Trattoria Bonissima has really good reviews online (yes I’m the type to go suss a place out before I eat there), and it’s not hard to see why. Helmed by Italian chef Andrea Badiali, Trattoria Bonissima is a casual, cozy restaurant serving hearty Italian food. All decked out in blue and white linen, it feels homely and lovely, with very warm and friendly service.

Inside Trattoria Bonissima

 

Carter, very comfortable sunning himself by the window

 

I was really surprised when I opened their menu. It boasts a really wide selection of dishes! Of course, it meant I was ummm-ing and ahhh-ing trying to figure out how not to order 305246 dishes for myself 😉

The food came out swiftly, and they even help you portion out the dishes if you’re ordering to share. A very nice touch.

 

Hunter going to town on their complimentary bread

 

The first dish (and IMHO the best dish) was the Stracciata – thinly sliced striploin on a bed of rocket, dressed with truffle oil, balsamic and parmesan.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

It was so good, we actually couldn’t quite believe it. I actually wouldn’t have thought of ordering this dish if I saw it on the menu, and so was very glad that we were recommended to.

It is seriously good. 

The striploin is gorgeous. Silky, tender, melt-in-your-mouth. And what makes it stand out is this complex concoction of truffle oil and balsamic… which had us smacking our lips in delight. You know how balsamic sauce on a salad can just be too tangy and a bit much? I guess they must use really high quality balsamic.. and it’s also tempered with the fullness of the taste of truffle oil. The blend goes together like one freakin’ happy marriage and makes the beef just taste splendid.

It went very well with the juicy, sweet tomatoes, and is a wonderful appetizer that is a total MUST ORDER when you visit. Seriously, you’re mad if you don’t order it. The portion size is also hefty and excellent to be shared.

Boy, I pretty much typed up an essay on just this one dish. But oh geez it’s so bloody good I can barely stand it! I’d go back there for the Stracciata alone.

Stracciata – thinly sliced striploin on a bed of rocket, dressed with truffle oil, balsamic and parmesan ($19). FAINT.

 

The other appetizer was this astonishing tower of Calamari Fritti. Don’t be silly an order this appetizer just for yourself, as it’s large enough to be a main meal. You definitely need to share this.

The tumble of calamari come in large rings, dipped in a light batter and are all crispy and airy. At first, the light colour of the batter made me think it was undercooked (I’m used to the darker brown versions in Australia), but nope, the batter was all light and well cooked. I found the calamari itself to be not as sweet as I normally like them to be, but they were very good dipped in the aioli.

The restaurant also prides themselves (or, at least our waiter introduced it with a big flourish!) on their Pepperoncino flakes, which are dried chilli flakes that pack a potent punch of flavour. You can dip the calamari in this too, or sprinkle it on pizza/pasta.

Calamari Fritti ($16)

 

The Salsiccia – tomato, mozzarella, homemade pork sausage was a large pizza dotted with very yummy sausage. It is a very typical Italian pizza that comes with a scattering of ingredients, and you’re supposed to enjoy the fresh tomato sauce and dough.

I will be frank here. And I don’t know how else to put this without sounding like a greedy pig…  but… I like my pizzas with thick crust! You know, Pizza Hut style? I know all the food connoisseurs and Italians are now rolling their eyes in disgust, but I like it thick crust simply because it…. errrrrr…. fills me up. I find that when I eat thin crust pizza, I can eat a whole ton and not be that full. I NEED MY CARBS.

So, if you’re a proper foodie and like authentic Italian pizzas, you’ll like it. If you’re kinda greedy like me, you’re better off sharing this with someone and ordering a pasta or main dish as well 😉

Salsiccia – tomato, mozzarella, homemade pork sausage ($21)

 

Man, the pastas here are top notch. 

The Linguini Alle Cicale – crayfish in pink sauce was my personal favourite. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and I’ve decided that ‘pink sauce’ is my favourite for pastas, which is basically a term for a tomato cream sauce. Trattoria Bonissima offer pink sauce for quite a few of their dishes and I am a total convert. I particularly like it because it’s not as rich and flat as a cream sauce, and not as tangy as a tomato sauce. It’s somewhere inbetween.

There were large chunks of crayfish in there, which were lovely and sweet against the sauce of the pasta. The portion size is substantial too.

Linguini Alle Cicale – crayfish in pink sauce ($22)

 

Here’s where we were a little silly and ordered TWO pastas that were almost identical. Duh! Kicking myself for not having ordered their Lamb Chops or Steak, which have rave reviews online. I forgot to when we were ordering! *facepalm* 

And so ended up getting the Linguini Merluzzo Porcini – codfish, porcini mushrooms in pink sauce. It was, errrr, basically the same as the pasta earlier, but this time with fat slices of cod fish instead. So silly of us, right?! Fortunately, the cod fish was silky smooth and the porcini mushrooms were really tasty, so we were happy eating two similar pasta dishes… despite the “d’oh” moment 😉

Linguini Merluzzo Porcini – codfish, porcini mushrooms in pink sauce ($26)

 

Obviously I insisted on the Tiramisu. Can never resist this dish though I’m frequently disappointed by it in Singapore. I specifically like my Tiramisu very wet and moist, with a high cake ratio.

This one is spot on.

What more can I say? Look at the photo below!

Tiramisu perfection

 

I’d heard that the Lava Cake was a must order, so promptly got that too. Made with rich French chocolate, this little molten pot of goodness gives you the choice to flambé – which they light up at your table – excellent entertainment especially if you have kids there. Be warned though, the alcohol does mean the sweetness of the chocolate is brought into stark contrast with the alcohol flavour – so this particularly suits those that aren’t too fond of super-sweet desserts.

It’s served with vanilla ice cream, which brings down the richness of the molten chocolate (and boy, is it molten, almost like a thick chocolate pudding!). I would prefer a creamier vanilla bean ice cream though.

Lava cake

 

Doesn’t this make you want to *poke* your finger into the photo and take a lick?!

 

Me with Chef Andrea Badiali (who was willing to take a very touristy shot with me without complaint. Haha)

 

There’s also a big sign in the restaurant with this cool offer: Get a complimentary dessert of the day (worth S$9) with every S$50 spent, paid by Amex card.

Be careful when visiting their Facebook page, it contains heaps of photos of their food… not good to view on an empty stomach….

I was there for lunch, but I actually think it’d be really nice for a dinner date. It’s cozy and serves up some fab food. Plus, I’m craving that Stracciata again!!!
 
Last Bite: Trattoria Bonissima serves up delicious home-style Italian food. Their Stracciata and Tiramisu are a must-order!
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Trattoria Bonnissima
308 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437091
Phone: 6346 5845
Prices: $$$
Hours: Mon: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Wed – Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

 
This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!
 

JIMMY MONKEY CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Little monkey at Jimmy Monkey

 
Jimmy Monkey is so nondescript and in such a random location (in a housing area!) that I don’t think anyone would stumble upon it. You’ll have to know about it and be specifically looking for the cafe.

Jimmy Monkey

 

The Australian cafe is tucked into a little corner and is actually pretty dim inside, considering it was a bright and sunny day outside. It’s industrial-style and has large wooden tables for communal dining, as well as a couch area (which we scored, hurray!) which is great for kids.

Most of the patrons were on laptops, with not a kid in sight. Except mine. It doesn’t seem to be positioned as a mummy-and-kids-lunch place, but rather for the mod/hipster folk.

The interior

 

I’d heard that they were good for their coffee, and it was true. My latte was a satisfying and strong roast, pretty potent. The only disappointment was that it came in a tiny cup, which I could finish in two gulps. I would have been absolutely satisfied and delighted if it came in a cup twice the size, for the price charged.

Latte

 

The Vegetable Frittata was a large wedge and filled with generous chunks of soft veggies. I personally don’t like frittatas (so.. eggy and… weird) but we’d ordered it for Hunter and he liked it. I can’t remember the price, but I remember thinking it was a little on the high side considering the low cost of ingredients in it.

Vegetable Frittata

 

I found the Breaky Muffin with egg, ham, hollandaise sauce, roma tomato and rocket a stunner. The muffin bread was thin and slightly crisp, and the ingredients inside were so fresh that they individually stood out. I especially liked how they used proper ham (instead of the really really thin pre-sliced one). The size of the muffin is petite, so order only if you have a small appetite, or if you’re prepared to order something else on the menu to fill you up.

Breaky Muffin with egg, ham, hollandaise sauce, roma tomato and rocket ($14)

 

I enjoyed the large and fluffy Banana and chocolate chip muffin. It was served warm and with a small pat of butter on the side. Hunter gave it the thumbs up 😉

Banana and chocolate chip muffin ($4, I think)

 

But, by far, the best dish was their French toast with golden syrup & fresh berries. Their rendition was a WINNER! Slices of French toast stacked up high, and enough to satisfy. Outstanding value for money. The French toast was not too soggy, but beautifully crisp on the outside. A must-order.

French toast with golden syrup & fresh berries ($15)

 

My own little monkey-butt

 

One little monkey, jumping on the bed..

 

Jimmy Monkey’s a good place to hang out if you’re kid-free and want a quick bite to eat. The staff are friendly and very helpful, and it’s not too crowded on weekdays. Personally, I’d go there for a mid-afternoon snack – French toast and coffee. Their two best items IMHO!

 
 
Last Bite: Jimmy Monkey offers a lovely brunch menu with well-brewed coffee. Try to get the couch table, for your kids to sit and play comfortably on.
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Jimmy Monkey Cafe
9 One-North Gateway
#01-51 One-North Residences
Singapore 138643
Phone: 6777 8470
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
 
This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!
 

ROKEBY BISTRO: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Serangoon, Singapore

A fabulous play area for kids at Rokeby Bistro

 
A new and very lovely place has popped up in the Serangoon area, called Rokeby. Pronounced roc-ker-bee, the Australian-style bistro is spacious and airy, and a wonderful place for brunch with the family.

Our kids LOVED it!

Hunter being a gentleman and holding the door open

 

Inside the sunlit interior of Rokeby

 

The absolute, hands-down best part of Rokeby (and parents with young kids will probably agree wholeheartedly with this) is their kids play area – a little corner with kiddie-sized tables and chairs, and stacks of toys and books! Plus, there’s also nice lounge chairs for parents to sit at, right beside the kids area. It’s perfection. If only more cafes had this sort of set up!

Us in the best section of Rokeby! The kids were having too much fun with the toys to bother looking at the camera…

 

“YAYYYYY toys!!!” said the kids. “YAYYYY toys!!!” said the parents, who can eat a meal in peace (sorta) ‘cos the kids are kept occupied.

 

The Vegemite Down Under was a simple but satisfying dish. The thick and soft slices of toast were excellent, and they were slathered with just the right amount of vegemite. There was also a generous tumble of soft scrambled eggs on top, though remember to scoop them off the toast quickly if you prefer your toast to be kept un-soggy! I would have loved this dish even more with some cheese on top of the vegemite.

It normally comes with baked beans, but Chris hates the stuff, so we swapped it for fresh avocado. The avocado we got was kinda brown and squashy which was disappointing, but I performed some avocado-surgery on it to remove the gross bits and Hunter gobbled the rest of it up.. as well as half the scrambled eggs and toast.

Vegemite Down Under ($10.90)

 

The French Toast came out very very basic looking. I guess I’m used to seeing thick-cut toast and lots of fancy accompaniments, so the version at Rokeby looked rather drab and unexciting.

However, they cooked it perfectly. It had the perfect amount of egg, wasn’t too soggy or dry, and was lightly crisp on the outside but moist on the inside. Oddly, it wasn’t served with maple syrup and I had to request for that.

French Toast ($8.90)

 

The Chocolate muffin looked fat and delicious in the desserts display case, so I ordered it, but it was pretty normal. It was more crumbly than moist, but at least they warmed it up so the melty chocolate drops studded on the top were nice.

Chocolate muffin

 

Rokeby boast an excellent section of Aussie coffee, teas, wines and beers. We had a Latte each and thought it was excellent. Creamy, rich and flavourful, and not too acidic. It really hit the spot.

Lattes

 

Me, trying very hard to keep both kids occupied

 

I personally thought Rokeby could ‘dress up’ the food a little more to give it a bit more of a ‘high quality’ kick, and think of the little things like ensuring there’s butter/maple syrup served with French toast, and serving water without being asked to (I had to ask twice as it was forgotten the first time). But, they are really new so still getting to grips with things.

Still, it was a fantastic place for a family brunch, and the kids really enjoyed having their own space to do something, instead of being cooped up in a high chair. We’ll be back!
 
Last Bite: Rokeby Bistro nails it with a kid-corner filled with toys. Their food is simple but satisfying, and their coffee is well executed.
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Rokeby Bistro
15-9 Jalan Riang
Singapore 358987
Phone: 9106 0437
Prices: $$
Hours: Tue – Sun: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
 
This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!
 

NOOK DIY HOUSE OF PANCAKES: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Bukit Timah, Singapore

Playing with our food at Nook DIY House of Pancakes

Nook has a really kitschy but alluring offering of make-your-own pancakes. It’s a simple concept, but executed oh so well!

Why can’t I just make my own pancake batter and do it at home?, you ask.

Well technically you can. But here, you get that large iron plate smack bang in the middle of the table so everyone can have a go easily (instead of you sweating over a skillet in your kitchen trying to churn out the pancakes for the hungry folk sitting at the table). And, best of all, the pancake batter comes in squeezy bottles that make it SO MUCH FUN! And yes, you can just pour your batter into these bottles at home too, but who can be bothered to wash them out afterwards?

And of course, kids love the place.

Hunter was fascinated and delighted with the whole concept. He didn’t make his own pancakes – a combination of him not liking being around “hot” things for fear of hurting himself, and also because he was very happy just eating our creations. But, he loved watching us and was filled with glee every time a pancake was plonked onto his plate.

 

Inside Nook DIY House Of Pancakes

 

We got 1 buttermilk and 1 dark chocolate, which makes enough pancakes for 2 people, despite the bottles looking deceptively small. You also get to choose your sides, which you can see here. We picked banana slices and oreos.

And off you go!

The hardest part is getting the heat right. First, it was too hot, then too cold, then finally it was just right. So we wasted probably about 1/4 of the pancake batter just trying to figure it out. A bit annoying.

That said, the pancake batter is excellent. Fluffy and moist, with lovely flavour. We loved them. And Hunter certainly did.. he ate so many I got a bit worried he might pop!!!

PROMISE NOT TO LAUGH at my creations below.

I know I am not creative and a crap artist, so hence the demented-looking pancakes. Hey, Hunter appreciated them!

Ship, Car, Train, House (can you even tell?) 😉 

 

“CHOO CHOO!”

 

Approved

 

We also ordered the Truffle me up – thick buttered brioche toast with eggs, ham and cheddar cheese and drizzled with truffle oil. Boy, this was really good. Simple ingredients but they melded together beautifully. The brioche was buttery soft and fluffy, and the ingredients were so tasty combined with the scent of truffle oil. Deeeelish.

Truffle me up

 

And because my brain totally short-circuits when I see the words red velvet, I simply had to get the Red velvet pancakes. This is a must-order IMHO. Frankly, it looks helluva lot more appetizing than my DIY creations, and it was tasty to boot. Moist and lovely, with a cream cheese filling. Excellent.

Red velvet pancakes with a cream cheese filling

 

This place is an absolute hit with kids, and it’s still fun to go with gfs. You can make silly pancakes and see who’s the best artist. Except don’t compare with me please 😉

My only beef is the location – it’s in a bit of a random place so we have to head home straight afterwards since there’s nothing else to do there…

 
 
Last Bite: Nook DIY House of Pancakes guarantees a fun time for kids (and big kids too).
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Nook DIY House of Pancakes
21 Lorong Kilat #01-03
Singapore 598123
Phone: 6466 1811
Prices: $$$
Hours: Mon – Fri: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
 
This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!
 

HABITAT COFFEE: Kid-Friendly Cafe, Thomson, Singapore

A perfect eggs benedict at Habitat Coffee

 

They say good service goes a long way in the F&B industry. I absolutely, wholeheartedly, agree. A little place that absolutely blew me away is Habitat Coffee. It’s been around for a little over a year, but is far from where we live, so I never got round to checking it out til last week. I’m really glad I did.

My lil poseur outside Habitat Coffee

 

Habitat Coffee is located right near my favourite chicken rice joint Nam Kee. It’s a cosy little cafe that has a comfy couch in a little nook – this section is excellent for kids by the way, so grab it if you have a kid(s) in tow! They can wander around the little area and sit back on the couch, so they don’t feel as constrained as they would in a high chair. Plus, they have direct view of the coffee-making and people-watching, which might keep them quiet for awhile 😉

Desserts and coffee counter

 

Our couch in the little nook. Excellent for stuffing Carter in the corner!

 

Carter and his “will you pick me up, pretty please?” look

 

I enjoyed the food too. It was very reasonably priced, and arrived swiftly. The Shepherd’s Pie arrived piping hot in a ramekin, and looked small but was actually pretty filling. I enjoyed the buttery and fluffy potato mash, though the filling is a tad salty. I also liked the bruchetta served on the side, with juicy diced tomatoes.

Shepherd’s Pie

 

The Shrooms dish (poached eggs and sauteed mushrooms on English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce) was superb. The eggs were perfectly poached with creamy molten yolks, and the grilled mushrooms make an excellent accompaniment. I actually think I prefer this grilled mushrooms version to the traditional smoked salmon one! On thing is that between the juicy mushrooms, sauce and egg.. you can’t leave this dish standing there for long, or the muffin underneath will get soggy. Something to note if you have kids that need feeding first or require your attention so you eat slowly.

The Shrooms – perfection

 

Their Cheesynara was lusciously covered in a cream sauce and dotted with lots of sliced chicken cheese sausage and bacon. And this is incredible to say, but I wish they had given more pasta because there was so much ingredients! It was delish.

Cheesynara

 

Their Latte is smooth, rich and delicious. I loved it! What else can I say?

Latte, served with a yummy biscuit (that Hunter was trying to grab)

 

I was most impressed with their Plain waffles. At a ridiculous price of $4.50, it was 4 quarters served with a pot of chocolate and a pot of syrup. Man, these Belgium waffles were good! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Perfect. I would absolutely go back and order this again.

Plain waffles served with chocolate and syrup

 

Upon recommendation, I also had their Warm brownie with salted caramel ice cream. The brownie was done very well – moist and chocolately. I actually don’t remember the ice cream being stand out, but I liked that they were generous with their scoop.

Warm brownie with salted caramel ice cream

 

Not satisfied, I ordered yet another dessert – this time for takeaway. It was a GIGANTIC slice of Red velvet cake. It doesn’t look bit in the photo, but trust me, this cake is huge. One of the nicest red velvet cakes I’ve had.. this one was spongey and moist, and absolutely delicious. Only downside is that they put some cherries in there, and I can’t stand fruit in my dessert, but that’s just me!

Red velvet cake

 

There’s also a different rendition of red velvet cake, which they call Baileys black velvet. OH MY GOODNESS YOU MUST ORDER THIS.

The Bailey’s gives a punch to the chocolate cake, and the icing is brilliant. It’s moist and full of flavour, and Hunter absolutely loved it (here’s hoping there wasn’t TOO much alcohol in it, hah!).

Baileys black velvet cake

 

Hunter gobbling down his waffles. This is him after I went “Hunter, can you give Mummy a ‘cool’ pose?”

 

Oh yeah, and about the service. They folk working there are simply lovely! They were very good with Hunter when he was wandering around exploring their cafe.. taking the time to talk to him and amuse him. Kind behaviour and willingness to amuse kids goes a L-O-N-G way in my book. They didn’t mind us parking ourselves on the couch, and the kids scrambling around on it. They were patient when cleaning up our table, and very sweet to the kids. That, in my book, is reason enough to go back. And happily, they’re near where our church is, so we can go there for lunch!

 
 
Last Bite: Habitat Coffee boasts excellent food and coffee, with friendly staff. It’s a lovely place to chill out with the kids over brunch.
 
Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes, though with two or three steps to get in
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Habitat Coffee
223 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574355
Phone: 6456 2567
Prices: $$
Hours: Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm, Sat – Sun: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
 
This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!
 

CHILLAX MASSAGE CAFE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Serangoon, Singapore

Chilling out at Chillax Massage Cafe

 

With a name like Chillax Massage Cafe, I’m thinking it’s something a bit dodgy 😉 But I’d read about it online and was keen to try it out, especially since it’s near our Church and so is convenient for us on a Sunday.

Who needs the gym when you can build your biceps carrying 2 toddlers?

 

Inside Chillax, complete with photobomb by Nae

 

Hunter and his new sons+daughters sunnies, from the Nottoobig store

 

Peekaboo

 

Our cool kids, complete with matching Elly outifts

 

One thing that should be noted is that the entire cafe is el fresco. Read: no air-conditioning. Something to take into consideration if you’re there at mid-day and it’s sweltering hot outside. They do have lots of fans blowing though, so even though the sun was out, I didn’t think it was too bad. Then again, I was in a little sundress. Chris, however, was in jeans and a collared polo short, and said he was hot as all hell.

I do like the casual atmosphere and the outdoors aspect means it’s quite child friendly. It was really empty on a weekend though – we were there for Sunday lunch and there was only one other table besides us.

Service is friendly and polite. The food came out pretty quickly and in decent-to-big portions. I was pretty impressed!

 

My gf’s husband, the nut, ordered a Seared Beef Salad ($14). I don’t even know what to say about this.

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s ($16) – check out that perfectly poached egg!

 

Wagyu Beef Rosti ($22) – can’t tell in this photo, but the portion size was impressive. Pity they charged $1.50 more for some ‘extra sour cream’ without telling us prior!

 

Carbonara ($16) – Excellent and I would order this again. Creamy, luscious, tasty. It hit the spot!

 

Brownies with ice cream – lovely presentation! Yummy but not outstanding brownie.

 

Iced Latte ($6) – lovely

 

DUDE, GIVE ME THAT BEER

 

Overall, I thought the food was pretty good. It makes for a nice brunch with friends, and the area is nice for a walkabout afterwards. There’s also a pet store a few shops down that fascinated Hunter to no end, because of all the little dogs leaping around in there (though I always feel sad for animals in pet stores!).

Last Bite: Chillax Massage Cafe has a lovely casual ambience and decent food. It should be noted that there is no air-conditioning, though. Remember to check out the pet store a few shop fronts down!

 

Highchairs: Yes
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: No
Kids’ menu: No

Chillax Massage Cafe
28 Maju Ave
Serangoon Garden Estate
Singapore 556698
Phone: 6244 5529
Prices: $$$
Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 12:00 am, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 am, Sun: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

This food review was first published at Beverly’s Adventures!