PUNGGOL SAFRA

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The newest kid on the Punggol block is Punggol SAFRA – this new orange/brown building next to Waterway @ Punggol.

The inspiration of the cascading architectural design comes from the natural slope seen on part of the land where the club is built. The club is also integrated seamlessly with the adjacent Punggol Waterway Park to retain the naturalistic ambience for recreation. In other ways, no side/front/back gates. I thought that is great for bringing nature closer to built-environment. And also those hues blend in nicely with the nature surroundings.

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Last weekend, we were part of a group of Singapore Parent Bloggers who were invited to have a “Little Punggol Safra Explorer” Day. Here’s sharing our first hand experience exploring some of the establishments at Punggol SAFRA. This place is open to the public (non SAFRA members) though members might get some special rates at selected outlets.

Location

It is a little “ulu” if you are not a Punggolians. But not exactly since the government is trying to maximise all land space in Singapore; nowhere is that ulu anymore.

Address is 9 Sentul Crescent Singapore 828654

By Car you can reach here using TPE or KPE. But do note that car parking isn’t cheap for non members. If you intend to stay for a longer period, it will be more ideal to take public transport.

By MRT/LRT, it is just 1 min walk from Sam Kee LRT Station

By Bus, 382G/382W from Punggol Bus Interchange will reach nearby.

More details on getting there and car park rates here.

Where’s the Fun

There is something for the whole family here.

We didn’t manage to try the Bikes @ Waterway but this is a highlight of Punggol SAFRA. This SAFRA club is the first to include cycling activites. Bikes @ Waterway is part of the Park Connector Network (PCN) Pitstop network that offers returns of bicycle conveniently at any of the “pitstops” located along the Eastern PCN.

You will see familiar names at the club which means you have another place to dine or another enrichment centre outlet to send your children to. Check out the full directory listing here.

Type Facilities and Tenants
Fitness & Lesiure • Bikes @ Waterway
• EnergyOne
• Manekineko
• Member’s Lounge
• Games Room
• Yoga Inc.
• i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
• Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
• The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
Play & Enrichment • Artary
• BazGym Gymnastics School
• LCentral English
• NurtureStars Preschool
• Splash @ Kidz Amaze
• StepUp Learning & Dance
• Tien Hsia Language School
• Yamaha Music
• Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
• Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)
Food & Beverages Issho family restaurant
• Pin Si Superior
• Pizza Hut
• Siam Thai Tuckshop
• Nom La La by Bakerzin
• Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
• Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
• Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
• McDonald’s (opens 15 May)

Where Fun Flows

Artary

For the day’s event, we had fun at Artary – a children focused art centre. I loved the clean, arty look of the whole place. It almost felt like one of those hipster cafe with graffiti all over. Smile

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We worked on creating simple Van Gogh flowers as it was a parent-and-child session. Everything is prepared adequately and teachers are nearby to guide when needed. Instead of just painting the flowers, the children drew, cut and painted their unique blooms on separate papers. So the artwork became 3-D which is more appealing for younger crowd.

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Pizza Hut

A well known pizza hunt – Pizza Hut – conducted hands-on Pizza-Making workshop for the children. First, we took photos for the souvenir-certificate which will be given to each child after the workshop. Thereafter, you ain’t “chef” till you worn the chef hat and apron which the children gamely put on. Lastly, they put on gloves and it’s hands-on-the-deck/dough with spreading of tomato sauce and sprinkling of ingredients!

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All the pizzas are marked and child’s name tagged on before they are collected to be baked. This way, there will be no mix-ups and your child will be eating exactly his self-assembled pizza. A goodie bag will be given together with light refreshment (a packet of juice, garlic bread and chicken wings – kids’ portion). Understood that the cost of such workshop is $25 per child.  More details can be found on Pizza Hut website.

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Splash @ Kidz Amaze

This is the highlight of the day and deserve a separate post on it’s own. Click this link for a more detailed write up with photos!

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If you are in the area or even if you are not, this un-ulu place deserve at least one visit (or more). We will be back! Smile

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Treehouse Cafe @ The Grandstand

Invited food review

After a tiring morning of fun and play at The Grandstand, we adjourn to a kids’ friendly / family-style restaurant – Treehouse Cafe – for F.O.O.D and more play stuff for the kids!

Spacious seating area for diners, treehouse play zone for the kids and even a nursing/baby room for the nursing mummies! Very thoughtful for families.

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We were famished by then and were happily greeted by an endless stream of dishes from the kitchen!  The cuisine here is mainly European and Asian. There is a kid’s menu for little ones below 12 years old. For S$15 you get a main, a soft drink/Ribena & a scoop of Movenpick ice-cream! That’s a nice treat.

I choose the “Fish Soupy Soup” for Xi En. It’s different choice for all the rest of the children present on that day. Most were tucking in to Pizza, pasta, nuggets etc. Just in case, mummies out there think that I am a Nazi mummy…

My boy…

Let’s just say he enjoys Asian dishes more than Western. The few things he actually eat are clear soup, fish and vegetables. Fries are the only exception.

The kid’s set menu. Xi En finished most of the soup and fish! And guessed what.. he didn’t need ice-cream thereafter.

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For the older children and adults, there are many options to satisfy your hunger. These are just some of the dishes we sampled for the day. I would say that the food here will appeal to the majority of locals and foreigners. Not exactly gourmet but more family-style.

The western selections:

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The Asian selections (which I personally prefer!):

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Dessert which we sampled; Tiramisu and Chocolate Laval Cake:

The chocolate laval cake proved to be a common favourite.

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With the help of some distractions (a TV streaming cartoons) and a dedicated play area, adults will be able to get a hearty meal while keeping an eye on the little ones. For the really young ones, do exercise some caution when climbing up the stairways. I would be back again simply for a meal which I can eat without 2 hands full.

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Current Happy Sundays promotion!

Art & Craft activities are held on 1st, 3rd and 5th (if any) Sundays of the month from 1130am to 230pm. Face and hand painting and balloon sculpting take place on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month; same timing as above. So there is something on every Sunday! All these activities are FREE for dine-in customers.

Party Packages are available for those who would like to hold their birthday celebrations here too!

More details and their menu can be found below:

Treehouse Cafe

Website: www.treehousecafe.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/treehousecafe.sg

Opening hours: Mon to Fri – 10am to 9pm; Sat & Sun – 9am to 10pm

Special thanks to owner – Carin – and her team for their hospitality and Openrice for organising the event.

Disclaimer: We were invited for a food tasting event at the Treehouse Cafe. No other monetary compensation was received. Opinions and photos are writer’s own.

District 10 Bar & Restaurant

Invited Review

Food; lotsa of yummy food lately.

I blame my post-pregnancy tummy on those yummy food that I simply can’t say no to! I tell myself, tomorrow – tomorrow I will go on a diet. Just not today. 😛

We were invited – spouse and kiddos in tow – to District 10 Bar & Restaurant for a food tasting of their brunch menu and introduction of a bouncy castle and coloring activities for children.

This is the “peace” before the manic jumps started in the bouncy castle. Obedient little children seated together doing some coloring. If you are having a gathering with other parents, it’s good idea to have the kids sit together for interaction and some “peer pressure” (to eat their food; drink water and engage in some quiet coloring at times)

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How can we say no to presence of kids’ distraction  attractions while the adults dine?

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How will kids not enjoy a bouncy castle?

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And one with a slide to boot!

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Mention District 10 and most will think of it as a bar for the working class after hours rather than a restaurant for families. However recently the UE Square branch introduced a brunch menu and the above activities to cater to the lazy Sunday mood. We had a chance to sample some of their new specialities:

Oven baked flat bread with hummus and olives:

On the onset; it looks more like adult food. But the kids seemed to love the flat bread as an appetizer too. As for me who enjoys hummus and bread – it’s a prefect starter.

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Muffins served with butter and jam. This photo does not do justice to the muffins I think. It’s surprising buttery (even before you spread extra butter on it) and chewy. Though it’s toasted, it retains the soft bite. You can even eat it on it’s own without any spreads.

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Pandan coconut pancake with gula melaka (coconut sugar) syrup. I understood that the chef specially came up with a local taste for these pancakes to make it uniquely Singapore. And this got to be my favourite of the day.

I love; no, adore gula melaka! Ok – not exactly that much to drink it on it’s own. I love cuisine which uses gula melaka. The pancakes are possibly a little thicker than what I would like them usually but it’s just nice to soak them up with the addictive gula melaka. I was on sugar high after this!

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District 10 Eggs Florentine: Poached Eggs on toasted muffin with sautéed spinach, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. What’s brunch without such a dish? Slurp away with the gooey eggs! The hashbrown on the side is great for kids to share. Especially for Xi En who is a picky eater – hashbrown and fries always save the day. 🙂

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Hoegarden battered fish & chips with mint mushy peas and tartare sauce. This is always an easy kids’ option even with the absence of a kid’s menu. Don’t worry about the Hoegarden; it’s not that much to knock them out.

Fish meat is soft and not fishy but it parts away with the batter when we try to cut it up. We ended up eating the batter and fish separately. Not that big an issue to us but if you like your batter and fish to stick together in one bite; you probably need to manage the expectation there.

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There are more options on the brunch menu besides the above which we sampled. If you want a pizza to share, eggs done differently or some dessert – it’s available on the brunch menu as well. More details here with an idea on the prices too.

If you going by, do note that the weekend brunch hours are from 11am to 3pm Sat and Sun. Bouncy castle is only available on Sunday brunch. And if you can, choose the alfresco sitting area which is just next to the bouncy castle. It’s not too warm (some aircon flows there too) and it’s strategically located so you can keep an eye on the kids while you have your coffee.

I would say it’s always a keeper when we find a brunch place with activities for kids and not that crowded! Adding on to the list of family friendly restaurants. 🙂

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Special thanks to District 10 for hosting us! We had a good time!

Do check out fellow mummies’ reviews too @ Adora and Steph.

Details:

District 10 Bar & Restaurant

81 Clemenceau Avenue

#01-15/16/17 UE Square

Singapore 239917

Tel: +65 6738 4788

Fax: +65 6738 4013

Email: contact@district10.com.sg

Website: http://www.district10.com.sg/uesquare/

Disclaimer: We were invited for a complementary food and restaurant review. No monetary compensation is received. All opinions and photos are writer’s own.

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