90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053
Tel: (+65) 6440 6068
Dine under shady trees and let the kids run freely on the outdoor green field at East Coast’s Café Melba, a laid-back Australasian fusion restaurant in the Goodman Arts Centre. Dishing up brunch classics, gourmet coffee and high-end teas, the communal dining creates a lovely space for family and buddies to share some nosh. Open from 8:30am, you’ll want to get there earlier if poss so you can snag a table on the terrace.
Café Melba at Mediapolis
1 Stars Avenue, Mediapolis #03-01, 138507 Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6352 2721
Long known as a family friendly weekend spot (complete with bouncing castles) Café Melba from the East has set up another restaurant in the West – right beside Tanglin Trust School (with an interconnecting bridge no less – Tanglin Mamas take note!). Australian designer Emma Maxwell has designed interiors – copper lighting, warm colours and woods make a cosy clean dining room. There is scoot space aplenty outside on the huge wooden decking (just bring hats). Come midweek kiddos eat free with paying adults. We especially liked they have not one but two menus for kids (for 1-2yr olds – congees $6 to baked Fruit Purees $6) and 3yrs + a more fast food style menu (Chicken Schnitzel, Fries plus a drink and ice cream $16). For adults: breakfasts of Mozzarella Stuffed Potato Rosti ($16), Dark Rye Toast with Avo, Tomatoes and poached eggs ($16) or the Full Melba Veggie Breakfast ($22) of Eggs, Pickled Artichoke, Mushrooms, Spinach, Cherry Toms, Baked beans and toast. Lunch and dinner sees everything from pizza to pasta, burgers and curry. Tuck into their Crispy Duck Leg Confit with braised lentils ($25) for something a little sophisticated or for a light lunch their Greek Salad ($17) with feta, olives, garden greens and peppers. The dessert menu (Kaya Tart $14) to Black Forest Cake ($9) could just mean the difference between arriving for school pick up on time or, ahem a bit early for that little something sweet while you wait.