We’ve been in love with Bishan Park since we discovered it’s shady bike paths, and riverside location a few months back. Perfect for big kids who want to do some serious freewheeling on their bikes, or little ones needing a flat space to learn to scooter, the 62-hectare park is hugely popular with families and those wanting a bit of space to exercise. With 3 children’s playgrounds, a community garden and small water play area, in addition to the ponds (with turtles!), bridges and greenery; you can understand why this park is firmly on our favourites list.
The inclusion of new eatery Grub to the tranquil surrounds of the park is a welcome addition in family friendly dining, as the guys behind Cookyn Inc. bring eco-conscious food to the fore with this new restaurant. These guys only use ingredients that are as natural as possible, everything is free of MSG, preservatives and additives and is sourced from producers who care about their produce.
Located in the western side of the park, Grub is the perfect little spot for breakfast with the fam. There’s plenty of parking off Sing Ming Avenue, with a small stroll over the bridge into the park (our preschooler loved looking for turtles and fish in the river) leading you straight to Grub’s front door. The décor is sleek and minimalistic with a breezy al fresco terrace at the front, giving lovely views of the surrounding park. Whilst there is no air conditioning on the terrace (those will young babies may prefer to sit inside) there are plenty of fans to push the air around a bit.
The menu follows Grub’s simple philosophy to “serve food that we serve our own families” and includes crowd pleasers like French toast, Belgium waffles and Beef and Guinness Pie, as well as a full range of burgers, steaks and salmon for those wanting a little more sustenance. There’s no separate children’s menu here but there is still plenty on offer to satisfy even the smallest tummies (this mama barely got a couple of mouthfuls of the French toast she was meant to be ‘sharing’ with her hungry 3 year old — always a good sign!) with highchairs to keep mini wrigglers contained.
The friendly staff was the real stand out for this mama. It’s always refreshing when wait staff are welcoming and accommodating with young ones, especially a boisterous little boy like mine! Orders were taken quickly and food served up swiftly and deliciously hot. Whilst not the best cup of coffee around (too much foam on my latte) it wasn’t a sticking point for this self-confessed coffee snob! Pssst! These guys are open from 9am too. Perfect for a quick breakfast stop when you’ve been up with the kiddos since the crack of dawn.
Sassy Mama Tip: Grub doesn’t take reservations so you’ll need to get there early or be prepared for a bit of a wait. We arrived a little after 9:30am on a weekend and there were already no tables left inside. That’s unless of course you wanted to go later in the day (after the kids have worked up an appetite riding their bikes around the park) and settle in for a burger with a hand-crafted beer on the side. Nobody said it had to be about the kids all the time now did they?
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
(Bishan Park 1)
Tel: (+65) 6459 5743