Kids come first

They certainly do at these family-friendly eateries.

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They certainly do at these family-friendly eateries.

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Designed in an open-concept manner, this Dempsey restaurant prides itself on its edible garden and locally sourced dishes. Its kids’ menu offers comfort food options, such as a rustic fish pie ($19) or open-face lasagna ($23).

The restaurant also has a sand-pit playground, on top of table tennis and lawn bowling near the alfresco sitting area.

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Located in the Central Business District, The Bank Bar + Bistro (pictured right) is the perfect place to take the family for a meal. The little ones can choose from a menu for children aged four to 10, ranging from crispy battered seabass to penne and cheese (all meals cost $8.50 and include chicken nuggets, fries and a drink).

Better yet, children eat for free on weekends and public holidays until 6pm with each main course ordered by a paying adult.

There’s also a playroom, so you can let them have fun while you catch up with your spouse.

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You may find yourself telling the kids not to play with their food, but that’s exactly what this eatery encourages you to do. Choose from five different types of batter ($8.50 per 8oz bottle) and pick from over 20 toppings (prices start from $1.50).

The restaurant also serves mains such as carbonara ($12) and kebabs with basmati rice ($16).



With a semi-outdoor dining setting that offers a panoramic view of the nearby golf course, Picotin Express is the perfect place to chill out. The kids can choose from a range of pizzas, pastas or fish and chips for $15 (a drink and a scoop of ice-cream or small chocolate mousse is included).

The restaurant also has a birthday party package for kids’ starting from $30, which lets the little ones play to their hearts’ content at the mini golf course nearby.

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Tailored as a family-style eatery, this restaurant on Mohamed Sultan Road has special promotions just for the little ones. From Sundays to Thursdays after 5pm, kids eat free with an order of a Big Eats or main-sized mussles and fries for each paying adult.

They also have a kids’ menu, where your little one can choose from chicken shepherd’s pie ($14), seafood spaghetti in pink sauce ($12) and more.

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Your little one is in for a treat the moment he steps into Jamie’s Italian at Forum The Shopping Mall and Vivocity – the kids’ menu for under-12s comes in the form of a retro Viewmaster.

In line with founder-celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s personal philosophy as a father, the menu is designed to coax children into eating healthier.

The dishes come in two sizes – little kids and big kids – and include a fresh shake-me salad and drink. Options include baby beef burgers ($9.50 for little kids), and fish baked in a bag ($13.50 for big kids). End the meal with desserts such as gooey chocolate brownie ($3.50).