After watching the Snail and The Whale show at the DBS Arts Centre, my son and I decided to grab some lunch in Robertson Quay. Brussels Sprouts was one of the only child friendly restaurants we were able to find, so we decided to give it a try.
Atmosphere: Brussels Sprouts is located by the Singapore River in Robertson Quay. We had a nice outdoor table with an umbrella. It was a really peaceful setting.
Was it Child Friendly? Yes, the place was child friendly. There were plenty of high chairs, plastic plates and cutlery.
Does it have a Child’s Menu? Yes, there is child’s menu, but it is fairly limited. There were only 5 options to choose from. Each of the kid’s entrees cost $9, with the optional add-on of a free flow of soft drinks and a single scoop of ice-cream for an additional $5. I was surprised that didn’t offer juice or milk as an option for the add-on (I did enquire about making a substitution). Brussels Sprouts had a special promotion where kids eat free (and get unlimited soda and ice-cream) on Sat, Sun & public holidays if you order an adult main course. I ordered a small appetizer and an ice-tea for myself, so the kid’s promotion didn’t apply to us. Zayden ordered 2 items off the kids menu, the “pasta with pink sauce” and “fish sticks with salad and fries”. Both of those items came with a tiny mixed green salad on the side. Zayden did not order the optional soda & ice-cream add-on, since no one in our family drinks soda and ice-cream is saved for special treats.
Quality of Food: Brussels Sprouts is a Belgin bar and bistro, that is know for it’s beer and mussels. Since I didn’t order a main course I cannot really comment on the adult food. I thought the children’s food tasted good, was cooked fresh and was a sizable portion (especially the fish sticks).
Service: The staff was friendly, but the service was mediocre. I had to get up 4 different times to find a server. They brought out my son’s “pasta with pink sauce” first and forgot to give bring him any cutlery or napkins. After a few minutes, they brought him adult silverware (including a knife). Meanwhile, my son just started using his hands to eat the pasta (poor kid was hungry and I didn’t have the heart to tell him to mind his manners). I had to get up and get him the child’s plastic spoon and fork. I also got up to place my order and to ask for the bill. Brussels Sprouts was really busy because a lot of families, like us, decided to eat their after the show, but that was still not an excuse for the lack of service.
Extra Surprise: When we got our bill, although the kid’s eat free promotion did not apply to us because I did not order a main course, they had only charged us for one of the kid’s meals and gave us one for free. I thought that was very nice of Brussels Sprouts (especially since I never mentioned this to the staff). That is a definite plus in my books.
Would SuperMommy take her kids to Brussels Sprouts Again? Brussels Sprouts would not be my first choice to take my kids for a meal because of their limited menu, however I do plan on dining there again if we are in the Robertson Quay area. I thought the quality of the kid’s food was good and the atmosphere was child friendly. Zayden has already told me he wants to eat “pink pasta” after we watch the Gruffalo show at the DBS Arts Centre in January.