Address: #01-20 to 22 The Odeon Katong, 11 East Coast Road Centre
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm; Thursday & Friday, noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm; Weekends & public holidays, 11am to 9.30pm; closed on Monday.
Expectations were high as we headed to the east-side eatery in the weekend. After all, we’d heard that there was a wet and dry bouncy castle and a trampoline, among other goodies for the kids ― what’s not to love?
On arriving, the restaurant’s spaciousness ― which has both indoor and outdoor seating ― impressed us. This setting has a lovely laidback vibe, one that families will definitely feel comfortable in. The staff made us feel at home when they promptly brought out kids’ cutlery , as well as high chairs for the little ones.
We started with the Affettati Formaggi ($24), an impressive reasonably-priced platter that heaved with a wide selection of cold cuts, cheese and bruschetta.
If you like all-day breakfasts, try the Mozzarella in Carrozza ($20), which is mozzarella-filled savoury toast, served with chicken sausages, beans, scrambled eggs and potato wedges. The kids, who adored the toast which oozes with cheesy goodness, exclaimed that it tasted “better than French toast!”
As we just couldn’t resist the pastas and pizzas, we tried the Pizza Margherita ($20), and the Spaghetti Aglio E Frutti Di Mare ($22), a seafood spaghetti. Though we enjoyed the thin and crispy pizza, it was the pasta that stole the show. We wolfed down the spaghetti cooked in the freshest seafood juices (without adding any wine or sauces) in a jiffy.
On weekends, a grilling station is set up in the outdoor area, so you might want to order several “Grill of the day” items. Even though we were already stuffed, we just couldn’t say no to the the pork loin ($15++), which brimmed with smokey flavour.
We moved to the outdoor seating area to enjoy the desserts, since the kids were longing to check out the play spaces (more later!). Chocolate lovers will certainly give the Il Tortino Di Cioccolato Nero Con Salsa Di Cioccolato Bianco ($12), a dark chocolate tart with white chocolate sauce, two thumbs up.
La Barca is a real gem because it abounds with kid-friendly features. Two inflated bouncy castles (one wet, one dry) are the stars of the show. We were also super-impressed at the restaurant’s thoughtfulness in providing towels for the little guests to dry off after.
If all that isn’t enough, they even set up a huge trampoline to satisfy all the little Energizer Bunnies.
Weather not cooperating? No worries, there’s also an indoor playroom that’s packed with toys!
Parents will enjoy lounging around as the kids play, sipping their drinks or savouring dessert, or perhaps even playing a game of foosball at the outdoor seating area. We can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon!
Also check out other great family-friendly restaurants in Singapore here.
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