Sometimes, I beat myself up over the type of nonsense I let Ted eat. We eat out not infrequently, and some of the things we’ve been feeding him recently include *gasp* processed foods such as fries and sausages.

But on this day, I saw a little girl who looks a little younger than 2, holding a box of strawberry-flavoured Pocky sticks and munching on them.

I felt a little better about myself. I mean, I let Ted have biscuits and all (processed food!) but whoa, sugared cream – that’s a whole new level altogether. *笑*

Toddler in a Restaurant: Pasta De Waraku

After our little trip to KK Hospital, we hopped onto a shuttle bus that brought us to Novena Square. We settled for Pasta De Waraku, which was conveniently located on the first floor of the Novena Square 2. It was a weekday afternoon and they had some lunch time promotion going on.

The manager directed us to a table but was slow in bringing us the baby chair so Ted helped himself.

For someone who had complained of pain in his right arm just half an hour ago, he did pretty well in dragging the chair out.


I ordered the corn and tuna pasta, thinking it sounded like a good combination of fish and some kind of vegetable for the baby. It was unfortunately, dry and very salty. I ended up eating most of it myself.



This was the mentaiko tofu. Ted loves tofu and can usually finish this sort of portion all by himself but this time he only had 1/4 of it. I wasn’t sure if mentaiko was a good meal option for a 2-year old and did not offer him any.


I also pampered myself with a little side dish of sliced pork belly in Vietnamese sauce. It was the “National Day Special” at only $5.90 and the manager was marketing it strongly to the table next to us. It happened that they were also the only other patrons in the restaurant.

The pork was dry and charred and the sauce very salty. I believe they were trying to sell the tastiness of the sauce. It was tasty, no doubt, and if drizzled sparingly, it would have made a good accompaniment to nicely grilled pork belly.


Ted was still using only his left hand to eat and hold items and it was fun to watch him eat. Every now and then he would look at his right hand, as if contemplating if he should use it, and then decide to use his left hand instead. He ate very little, although he did most of the eating himself. The waiter serving our table was very impressed and came over to ask me his age.


I think Ted must have been really tired after our very long day. He felt asleep at the table and the staff were kind enough to let him lay on the couch and sleep for about 45 minutes before I woke him up to take him home.

It wasn’t a good meal experience at all, and I probably would never bring Ted back. I probably should have guessed from the fact that we were the very first patrons at about 12 pm, which is the busy lunch period, and that very few people came in after us. The staff were friendly, though, but nobody visits a restaurant just because of good service.


~ * ~ * ~ Toddler Experience Rating ~ * ~ * ~

Ambience: Casual, not noisy
Food: Salty, dry, Ted only had a little spaghetti
Recommended order for toddlers: If you really have to.. perhaps something from the kids menu
Children’s set menu: The usual tomato-based pasta
Extras: Staff was very friendly

Toddler in a Restaurant: A for Arbite

After watching Hansel and Gretel, we chanced past this little restaurant located at 28 Aliwal Street. We decided to pop in for lunch.

With Ted in tow, we try to avoid spicy food, food cooked with wine and meats that might be tough to chew. That usually narrows down the options we have on the menu quite significantly.

There is a kids’ menu with the usual kids’ favourites such as tomato-based pasta, nuggets and fries. We didn’t want to order a dish just for him because half the time, the entire dish goes to waste.

This was Papa entertaining the little boy with the paper critters we got from the play we watched earlier while I perused the menu.




We decided to go for the Duck Confit and the Pan Seared Seabass.

The duck confit came with 2 large slices of baked pumkin and the duck meat was tender. These days, I judge food by how much of it Ted consumes and in this case, Ted had a lot of the duck, which means I am very likely to come back here.




Ted picked up a piece of vegetable and then decided that it was too much trouble to chew.


The pan seared seabass was surprisingly good. Fish tends to be boring and the only reason we ordered it was because we wanted to have a variety of choices between meat, fish and vegetables. Ted had both slices of fish almost all to himself. He kept asking for more, which was a big bonus for us.

The gravy was not salty and came with plenty of vegetables, which Ted also enjoyed.


I ordered for myself the summer pear nectar which tasted like pear blended with a little bit of honey. The texture was smooth and I really enjoyed it. The waitress was not able to tell me exactly what went into it and I decided not to offer it to Ted.


All in all, I think Ted rather enjoyed the experience. Not only did he finish an adult portion of fish, he also got to play with some lego bricks that the staff offers to children while they wait for their food to be served.


~ * ~ * ~ Toddler Experience Rating ~ * ~ * ~

Ambience: Casual, not noisy
Food: Tasty, Ted polished up a full adult portion
Recommended order for toddlers: Pan Seared Seabass – plenty of vegetables!
Children’s set menu: The usual tomato-based pasta, nuggets, fries
Extras: Toys such as puzzles and lego are offered to children awaiting their food

An octopus loving 2-year old

One of the things I would never have imagined feeding my 2 year old would be an octopus.

But that is part of the wonders of being a mother. You are constantly amazed by the things they do and say (and eat).

We had made our way to The Grandstand for lunch, mainly because it promises ample parking and lots of lunch choices on a busy public holiday that was a Monday. While browsing the food options, we chanced upon 2 giant pans (which must have been 1m in diameter each) over which a heavily perspiring chef was cooking an enormous amount of paella.

We pointed it out enthusiastically to Ted and on a whim proceeded to purchase a box.


The paella came in a nice brown box with matching brown spoons.

The first thing I tried to do was to try to identify the items in the box to Ted.

“Ted, this is an octopus, this is a prawn…”

Before I could go on, Ted had already reached out for the octopus with his spoon. He struggled with it for a few moments before deciding that he would use his hands.


I watched him carefully to make sure he was chewing it into small pieces before swallowing them. (Octopuses are hard and chewy and if it wasn’t something he had picked up and refused to let go, I would typically not feed him something of this texture.)

He seemed to be enjoying his meal.

He liked the rice even though he claimed it was a little spicy, but most of all, he was going at the octopus.


It is not often that food that can maintain his interest for more than a few mouthfuls so although we are not big fans of seafood paella, I foresee ourselves coming back to this stall for the same dish.