Toddler in a Restaurant: Spruce

We were hungry, we were in the Orchard Road area at 11 am, and Spruce came to mind.

There’s free and ample parking, even on a Saturday morning.

Apparently most people who come here make advance reservations, but luckily, they had a table for us on the inside. It seems that most other patrons prefer dining alfresco.

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Everything on the menu looked so good! You really can’t go wrong with eggs.

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This is the Spruce Eggs Benny. The eggs were as good as poached eggs can get and the hollandaise sauce went perfectly with them. The bacon was done just nice and the vegetables fresh. What nailed the dish for me, however, were the waffles. They were soft and sweet, good enough just to have by themselves.

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This was the Spruce British Brekkie which was also a very satisfying meal. The beans had a mild taste of honey.

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It was a bit of a wait for breakfast on this busy morning and Ted was trying to grab at the various things he spotted on the table.

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When the food finally arrived, Ted really enjoyed it. We broke the toast into little pieces for him and he used them to soak up the egg yolk that oozed out of poached eggs. I have no idea where he learnt that.

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All in all, it is a great place with excellent toddler friendly food. It is however, not very accessible if you do not drive and strollers have to be parked at the entrance.

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

3.5|4
Ambience: Casual, not noisy
Food: Great for adults and toddlers alike
Recommended order for toddlers: Any dish containing eggs, waffles or toast of all of the above
Children’s set menu: The usual tomato-based pasta, sausages

Toddler in a Restaurant: Mouth Restaurant 地茂馆

We had a date with Papa’s extended family, and we decided to visit Mouth Restaurant(地茂馆)at China Square.

Aunt C placed the orders since she was the connoisseur of the family. In general, the food was really tasty, especially the fried fish and the spring rolls in the centre of the table. My only gripe was that there wasn’t a good enough selection for little toddlers, as the food, being mainly dim sum, tends to be oily, and most of the dishes contain prawn, which kids commonly have allergic reaction to.

We ordered a sliced fish porridge for Ted, but porridge isn’t the type of food that will keep a toddler interested for long.

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The fried tofu was good and Ted had several pieces of it.

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He even had some meat from this sweet and sour pig’s trotter dish and said he liked it.

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He was intrigued by the rainbow har gao and although he picked out the yellow (pumpkin-flavoured) one, it seemed that he didn’t like the taste of it.

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I think what really mattered at the end of the day, was that Ted enjoyed time with his extended family.

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

2|4
Ambience: Noisy, many big families chattering away
Food: Tasty for adults, a little too oily and heavy for children
Recommended order for toddlers: Tofu dishes, porridge
Children’s set menu: None. They’re going to have to eat what the adults eat

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ~ * ~ * ~

1|4
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.

 

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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.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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 ~ * ~ * ~

4|4
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