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Here’s an aden+anais giveaway to celebrate over 1,000 followers!

Happy Birthday Week

We have something very special to celebrate – we’ve turned ONE WEEK OLD!

Actually, we turned one week old three days ago, but errrrrrrrr who’s counting ūüėČ

Thank you for visiting, and for reading Brunch With My Baby Singapore. We’ve only been live for 1 week, but I hope we’ve brought you a few ideas on where to eat out with your family. Stay tuned though, there are way more cafes to come. Waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy more. Obviously I eat out too much.

What have we achieved in our first week? We’ve hit¬†over 1,000 followers on our Facebook! AWESOMESAUCE!!!! (If you haven’t already “LIKE”d us on Facebook, what are you waiting for buddy?)

Anyway.

LET’S CELEBRATE OUR 1-WEEK BIRTHDAY *AND* 1,000 FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS WITH OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!!

aden anais muslin sleeping bag giveaway

I’m so excited about this giveaway, because it is from one of my favourite baby brands – aden+anais! I’m also a little biased since their founder,¬†Raegan Moya-Jones, hails from Australia.

They need no introduction, but here goes: aden+anais make superior muslin swaddles for your baby, in adorable prints. They also make sleeping bags, bibs, and other baby-related goodies, all with their trademark soft muslin. They’ve also branched out into skincare recently, which I’ve been using on myself and the kids. If you haven’t heard of aden+anais, you probably would have seen their muslin – made famous by Prince George!

My kids own a few aden+anais sleeping bags because they are just SO comfortable. They’re extremely breathable, yet provide comfort. They also come in a wide variety of colours and prints that are so adorable!

aden+anais are being wonderful and giving away one sleeping bag (worth SG$49.90) to a lucky reader! 

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

 a Brunch With My Baby Singapore giveaway

Giveaway will run from 11 Oct to 18 Oct 2013.
Winner to pick up at a Singapore address.
Winner may select an aden+anais sleeping bag from available stock.

aden anais muslin sleeping bag giveaway

aden anais muslin sleeping bag giveaway

 

You can find aden+anais stocked at all Mothercare branches and selected retailers.

THANK YOU aden+anais!

 

REVOLUTION COFFEE: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Buona Vista, Singapore

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

We had trouble finding Revolution Coffee on our first visit. I diligently typed in the address into Google Maps on my iPhone, and it took me on a never-ending loop around the area. In the end, I just used a bit of common sense (ie. there is only ONE building in the nearby vicinity), and we found it. The secret? Just look for the big building called “Infinite Studios” and you won’t go wrong!

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Having only recently opened (mid-2013), it’s quickly become one of my favourite places to hang out with kids in tow. To guess why, just check out¬†what Hunter is looking at………………………….

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

THERE’S A TOY TRICYCLE IN THERE!!!!!!

Hunter had sharp eyes and spotted it from far away, making a desperate bee-line straight for it. It’s a total hit with the kids. Only point to note – there is one tricycle, so if there is more than one kid that likes it… well…. you may have a small problem on your hands.

We had both kids keen on it, but did a pretty good job in “taking turns”. At least there was no bashing up involved!

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

I particularly like the little nook at the far end of Revolution Coffee, with low padded chairs and a dinky coffee table made from crates. If you have kids, you’ll like this area too since it’s a little tucked into the corner. Note, however, that a lot of things in this cafe is kid-grabbing height.. so if you have a grabber, you might want to keep an extra sharp eye out on them.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

I’ll cut straight to it – the coffee is really good. Owner¬†Ajie Permana brought the art of coffee making from Australia and it shows. I particularly enjoyed the¬†Latte ($5.50), which was smooth and creamy, yet packed a real punch. Only downside? It came in a tiny glass, and I would have liked it double-sized.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Their menu is really basic. I was pretty disappointed because I personally like hot food, and the menu was mostly salads and sandwiches. Reluctantly, I opted for the Roast beef sandwich ($11.90). I was, however, delighted when it arrived. It was a sizeable chunk and had lots of tender roast beef in it, and was sufficient in filling me up.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

The¬†Spaghetti amatriciana ($9.50) was ordered specifically for the kids, and was described as pasta with tomatoes, so I expected it to be dull. We were so surprised when we discovered it was excellent! It was a large portion of pasta that was silky with a distinctive flavour – like it was handmade. I doubt their pasta is handmade (please correct me if I’m wrong), but it was delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the stewed tomatoes that it came with – in generous portions and bursting with sweetness.

Hunter ate a huge amount of this dish, so I was happy.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Their¬†Freshly baked banana bread ($4.50) appears to be their signature cake, as I hear it often sells out. However, the kids weren’t interested in it (we couldn’t tell whether it was because they weren’t impressed with it, or if they were already full from their lunch), and when I ate some of it, it didn’t stand out to me either. It is served with homemade yogurt but it didn’t wow me and I would have preferred some slightly-salted butter.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

Their rendition of Affogato ($6) is so good it BLEW MY MIND. This is the must-order dish!! They take one of their cookies and crush it into a glass cup, top it off with vanilla ice cream, and serve it with an espresso shot for you to pour over. The coffee soaks into the biscuit, and the ice cream brings it all together to create an utterly spectacular dessert that is bitter yet sweet, crunchy yet smooth. It is such a winner.

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

The kids had a great time having free reign over the cafe (it’s not too crowded on weekdays) and cycling around outside. Hunter still remembers it as that cafe with a tricycle!

Revolution Coffee - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

Last Bite: Revolution Coffee offers a casual spot for a simple lunch. Their coffee and affogato are total hits, as is the tricycle that kids can play on.

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

Revolution Coffee
Infinite Studios building
21 Media Circle, #01-03A
Singapore 138562
Phone: 6777 2110
Prices: $$
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

SINGAPORE POLO CLUB: Kid-Friendly Cafes, Thomson, Singapore

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

We’ve been in Singapore for over two years, and only¬†just discovered the Singapore Polo Club. And…. it is an absolute HIT with the kids! Seriously, it is more of an entertainment-playground that it is a cafe.

The Singapore Polo Club is open to the public on Mon-Fri. But, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5PM onward, there is something special for the little ones – POLO MATCH! With horses! (obviously)

So here’s what we do.

We rock up at 5PM and the kids get more and more excited as we turn into the parking lot, because they know what’s coming (we’ve been here a few times already). They immediately run into The Verandah, the el fresco cafe that overlooks a huge race track and makes it feel like you’re in the of nowhere – it is so tranquil and chill. It’s very casual so we can rock up in our sleeveless tops, shorts and flip flops, and feel right at ease.

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

The kids spend most of the time hanging on the balcony railing, all wide-eyed, fascinated with the horses trotting right past their noses. And yes, there’s a polo match that starts at 5PM which is great fun for the kids to watch. Only problem is that Hunter¬†always pines for and asks to sit on a horse the whole time.

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But, beyond the horse-y parts, there is also a swimming pool. Complete with a big tank of free-flow iced water by the side. Wonderful for a splish-splash in the afternoon before you sit down for an early dinner.

But wait, there’s more! There’s even a shaded playground that is neat and clean, and offers a great way to get rid of excess energy (parents, you’ll know by now kids need to do this, so they’ll be able to sit still for their meal afterwards).

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

The Singapore Polo Club also has a spacious bathroom (that is, oddly, well air-conditioned) with shower facilities as well as a changing table. Very handy if you have kids in diapers with you.

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

The food is reasonably priced (most dishes range from $10-$15 for the public, members are a dollar or two cheaper), and quite tasty. Both kids always eat very well when we’re there – partly due to the fact that they spend most of the time distracted, gawking at the horses!

The¬†Chicken Satay is always a winner, as the kids love holding the sticks and nibbling on the meat. The satay sauce is not too spicy, so Carter actually eats it (not Hunter, he’s morbidly afraid of spicy food).

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

I personally love their¬†KL Hokkien Noodles, which come in a large serving and is studded with lots of seafood. It’s lovely comfort food, very tasty, and easy for me to eat with one hand if I’m dealing with a kid with the other. I want to note, however, that one of the times I ordered it, it was a little too salty for our liking.

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

 

We always order this Horfun (with seafood or beef) with gravy for both kids. They pretty much polish this off between the two of them. The noodles are silky and slippery, and beautifully charred. The gravy is rich and thick with egg, and is very tasty without being overly salty. I also like to snip up the green veg and mix it in for them.

Singapore Polo Club - Brunch With My Baby Singapore

The only dish I didn’t like was the¬†Fish and Chips. I’ve only ordered it once, so perhaps I just lucked out and it’s better other times. At first I was really impressed that it came in a HUGE serving size – two fat chunks of fish on a big bed of fries. The fish was moist and well-done, however, the batter was just¬†so oily! Let’s be clear here – I love deep fried food and eat it all the time. But even for me, this was a doozy. It just oozed oil and I had to cut off the batter and dig out the fish. It was a shame as I’d ordered this, thinking the kids could have some too, but I didn’t dare let them near so much oil.

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Last Bite: Bring your kids to the Singapore Polo Club to watch a polo match and check out the horses over a casual el fresco dinner. One of the best ways to spend a late afternoon and evening with the kids! Go on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 5PM onwards to watch the polo match.

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

The Verandah @ Singapore Polo Club
80 Mount Pleasant Road
Singapore 298334
Phone: 6854 3999
Prices: $$
Hours: Tue – Sun: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

 

Happy 1st Birthday Brunch With My Baby!

Today we celebrate Brunch With My Baby turning one year old! Our little site that started in New York and branched out to Singapore and Sydney, has hit its very first birthday today. Thanks for following us on our brunching adventures!

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How Do You Measure A Year? (with apologies to fans of “RENT”)

In numbers
Our very first post ‚ÄĒ¬†a review of our favorite kid-friendly restaurant,¬†Balthazar¬†‚ÄĒ went live on this day last year, making us a the ripe old age of one. Since that first review, we have written nearly 300 posts, and have eaten at and written over 200¬†Restaurant Reviews¬†from¬†Manhattan¬†to¬†Brooklyn, and¬†Sydney¬†to¬†Singapore. Don‚Äôt judge us. It was for the kids!¬†They were¬†we were really hungry.

Raegan and her four girls: Anais, Lourdes, Amelie Rose and Arin. Photo credit: http://www.elizabethstreet.com/living/their-room-raegan-moya-jones


In people
Our first interview for the Guest Brunchers section of the site was with the lovely and super business savvy aden + anais CEO Reagan Moya-Jones, about her favorite places to eat with her kids in the city. Since then, we have had the opportunity to meet and get to know 21 entrepreneurs in the world of food, kids, and fashion. Some highlights have included Chef Dominique Ansel and Rosie Pope.

#STOKKEBABY #Scoot #stroller review and #giveaway! brunchwithmybaby.com

In cool stuff
We are always looking for products that are perfect for urban parents and that make towing a child around the city a little easier. Since the site’s launch, we have reviewed and offered our readers 10 high value Giveaways, from a HUGE case of Chobani Champions yogurt, a whole line of new products from aden + anais, to a Britax carrier and even a Stokke stroller!

Balthazar - kid-friendly restaurants, SoHo, New York.
In experiences
In the past year, our kids have grown from easy-to-tote-around infants to rough and tumble toddlers; which means that we have experienced the best and worst of dining out. We‚Äôve taken all of our experiences and turned them into nearly 10¬†Survival Guides, to help you navigate a meal out ‚ÄĒ¬†or even an entire day out ‚ÄĒ¬†with a baby or toddler with as much grace as possible.

Dominique Ansel Bakery - kid-friiendly bakeries , SoHo. NY, via brunchwithmybaby.com
In love
To our readers who have been with us from those very early days (thanks mum and dad!) and all those sleepless nights, we thank you for continuing to read about our adventures and supporting our brunching journey through New York, Sydney and Singapore. To our new readers, we hope this site gives you the courage to pack up Baby, put on some cute but walkable shoes, and take the train to one of your favorite restaurants from before you became a parent. It won‚Äôt be the same as it was before, and it probably will be a lot messier, but we promise, it will be worth it. And don‚Äôt forget to order wine ūüôā

Love,

Christine, Alexis, Cheese & Little J, and the BWMB teams in Singapore and Sydney.

 Opening photo by stevendepolo. Raegan Moya-Jones photo by Elizabeth St. 

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 ūüėČ 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 ūüėČ

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…)

BRUNCH WITH MY BABY SINGAPORE LAUNCHES!

A big HELLO to you!

Thank you for visiting us. We launch today (1 October 2013) and are very excited.¬†What do we do? Please read on…

 

About BWMB
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 ‚ÄúKid-Friendly‚ÄĚ Means to Us
‚ÄúKid-Friendly‚ÄĚ doesn‚Äôt have to mean a menu of chicken nuggets, fish & chips (though of course that‚Äôs 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‚Äôve 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‚Äôs all the little things that make taking a kid out to eat not so stressful and even, dare we say, fun.

 

You can stay updated with us via our Twitter and Facebook channels.

 

My name is Beverly and you may know me from http://beverlys.net/blog. This is my new play area for all things food and fun-related in Singapore.

See you around here again, very soon!

 

Burgess family

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 Caf√© as you order and pay at the same time which is a good move when the little people say “let‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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 ūüėČ

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 Рthinly 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 ūüėČ

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 ūüėČ

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¬†flamb√©¬†– 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 ūüėČ

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!