BEST RESTAURANTS TO DINE WITH FAMILY
These nosh spots provide something for every member of the fam.
Tanjong Beach Club
Not just a beachfront locale to ‘see and be seen', Tanjong Beach Club (or TBC) is incredibly family-friendly and has something for all ages. The beachfront spot provides tons to do for the little ones, i.e. sand play, water play, running about; plus there is a pool where everyone can take a dip in. There are various kinds of seating available — daybeds, lounge tables, bar stools and an indoor air-conditioned area for seniors to dine in comfort. Food-wise, expect laid-back all day nosh like Smashed Avo Toast ($21), kiddie favourites like Fish & Chips ($15) and more. Plus, there is a full-service bar, freshly squeezed juices and coffee and tea. TBC is also incredibly pet-friendly, furkids are more than welcome, and there are well-placed dispensers for them to drink water from after a run around the beach.
Over at Siloso Beach, Coastes is the go-to spot if you are looking for a relaxed meal with the family. Kids are kept busy with the sand and water, both of which are safe and spotlessly clean. The menu features kiddie favourites like pasta, burgers and sandwiches, plus, they even serve a Curry Laksa ($20) for grandparents who prefer their local grub. Kids are given sand toys, there are diaper changing stations and kiddie cutlery and high chairs too. Shaded and al fresco spots allow for everyone to choose what they are comfortable with, and the beach breeze will put the whole fam in a chill mood.
This one is a bit of a hidden gem. Away from the usual touristy buzz, Panamericana at the Sentosa Golf Club is a top spot for top-notch views. Everyone in the family will be duly impressed with the South China Sea vistas, and the spacious spot has enough room for kids to run amok (although colouring sheets and pencils are provided for their entertainment). Grown-ups will enjoy their stellar cocktails and impressive wine and spirits list (and they even make non-alcoholic mocktails, smoothies and granitas if you are so inclined. The food is a mix of Argentinian and Latin American flavours with meats and grills as their speciality, but kids will be kept happy with pancakes, quesadillas and churros.
Din Tai Fung
This one is a top choice for a family-friendly meal. The iconic menu has something for everyone. Grandparents will love their expertly pleated Xiao Long Bao, little ones cannot get enough of the egg-fried rice and steamed buns, and their Resorts World Sentosa outlet has some exclusive offerings like the Crispy Chicken Wings Marinated in Shrimp Paste and Sweet and Sour Pork to up the novelty factor. Kids get their own cutlery and high chairs, and the efficient staff always bring out space to store handbags, diaper bags and more. Affordable prices, quick service and delicious food — what's not to love?
Those who are guests at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa resort know and love this beach-side Italian spot. For others, it maybe a bit of a trek all the way to this end of the island, but it's an excellent choice for the whole family, and shuttles, taxis and the Sentosa Express can drop you only a few steps away. The yummy thin-crust pizzas cooked in a custom-built wood-fired oven are the top draw here and kid their recently revamped menu also features pasta, paninis and delicious Italian mains.
The restaurant is equipped with a play corner, water fountains for splashing about and colouring sheets and crayons to keep little fingers occupied. There are several kinds of seating for everyone's comfort, and the beachside location ensures a steady breeze.
Plus, Trapizza boasts a bar menu packed with cocktails, spirits, beer and Cake one a Shakes ($18) — three ultra-decadent dessert milkshakes in flavours like Black Forest Cake and Pandan Cake.
This regularly tops the list when it comes to the best buffets on the island, and the whole family will love a meal at The Knolls for several reasons. Choose a table with views of their cascading swimming pool, and the South China Sea beyond, and if you are lucky you will spot a peacock or two — which is exciting for both kids and adults. They serve both buffet and a la carte options, and while their Sunday brunch buffet is an excellent all-you-can-eat spread of fresh seafood, cheese and charcuterie, Asian and Western mains, and an extensive array of desserts, their a la carte menu featured Mediterranean-inspired dishes like a Chicken Leg Tagine ($38) and even local favourites like Soto Ayam ($20). The a la carte menu has a separate kids section and a portion on healthy eats for those who prefer to keep things light.
Singapore Seafood Republic
Located at Festive Walk amidst a host of popular RWS attractions, Singapore Seafood Republic is where you go to treat your family to Singapore specialities like Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab and Salted Egg Prawns. Though seafood is their speciality, the menu is packed with family favourites and kid-friendly dishes like fried rice, noodles and more. They even serve vegetarian set and a la carte menus for those with dietary restrictions. High chairs and kid-friendly cutlery are available to ensure a smooth, family-friendly experience.
The Kitchen Table
There are several reasons to love W Singapore's The Kitchen Table as a fun day out with the family. Even if you are not a hotel guest, visit on a Sunday and opt for the Bubbly Remix bunch ($168++) and you can access W Singapore's pool for a post-brunch dip. Kids will love this deal, as even the pickiest eaters can find something amidst the live stations, delicious desserts (which includes a chocolate fountain), grills, carvery, seafood, local food and more. They switch up the stations often, and there are always a variety of choices. You can be seated both indoors or outdoors, and grown-ups can have their fill of unlimited pours of wine, beer, cocktails and sparkling wine. Make a day of it, and make sure to maximise your time at the pool after.
Malaysian Food Street
For a quick and affordable meal right in the heart of Resorts World Sentosa, look no further than Malaysian Food Street. It is a food-court style eatery that is done up like the streets of old-town Malaysia, with old school shophouses and 1950s style kopitiams — something that will appeal to grandparents and kids alike. There are choices aplenty, from KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee to Penang Lim Brothers' Char Koay Teow, and even toddler-friendly fare like the Malacca Chicken Rice Balls. It is a great family pit stop for a spot of teh or kopi or even a full meal of all your Malaysian favourites.
Want a restaurant that will elicit oohs and aahs from everyone in the family? Book a table at Resorts World Sentosa's Ocean Restaurant. It is an underwater dining experience where the walls look into the aquarium. You could be tucking into a menu of Mediterranean-Californian cuisine will looking at exotic sea creatures swim past your table.
No iPads needed, this is what will keep the kids occupied for hours. Menus are both sets, and a la carte and little ones can order off their own menu. Whatever you order, be assured that the seafood is sustainably sourced and always of top-notch quality.
Silver Shell Cafe
Silver Shell Café is where they serve breakfast and is also their all-day-dining cafe. This all-day dining outlet features a dedicated and scaled-to-height children's buffet section, with a wide array of main dishes, salads, sandwiches, fruits, as well as desserts. They also serve baby food and are incredibly friendly to kids of all ages.
By Priyanka C. Agarwal
Priyanka C. Agarwal is a writer, communicator and content creator with several years experience in print and digital media. She writes about food, travel, parenting and other adventures. Her work has appeared in the print and online pages of Silver Kris magazine, Time Out Singapore, Her World magazine, The Michelin Guide, The Peak and HungryGoWhere.com, among several others. She is a mother to two tiny gourmands and an experimental home cook who hopes one day, to author her own cookbook.