Wondering if your fine-dining days are over now that the kiddos have come along? Here’s good news for you ― Equinox Restaurant, known for its exquisite menu and ambience, has gone to great lengths to create a kid-friendly haven for foodie families who enjoy fine fare. The recently-launched Sunday Vintage Brunch offers a spectacular buffet spread and kid’s activities against a stunning backdrop of the Singapore skyline (hello, from level 70!).
Whet your appetite with a fresh salad or two… or three or four! Presented in palm-sized serving bowls, we enjoyed the refreshing Thai beef salad and the chilled seafood noodle salad. You can even assemble your own starter plate from the plethora of ingredients available, including foie gras terrine, poached quince, serrano ham, rosemary breadcrumbs and caramelised pork belly.
The seafood-on-ice station is a paradise for all fish and crustacean lovers who will enjoy tucking into the freshest ocean catch including Boston lobster, Sri Lankan crab, prawns and three kinds of oysters ― Traigheanna Bay, Oléron and French. Stealing the spotlight in the next station is an impeccable range of sushi and sashimi, including hokkigai, hamachi and tako.
If you’re in the mood for something hearty, the carving station boasts prime cuts of succulent roasted rib Angus beef, with either red wine or Béarnaise sauces. If meat doesn’t float your boat, the salt-crusted baked sea bass with wasabi butter just might. Complete your plate with sides like Yorkshire pudding, Gruyère cheese, roasted potatoes with paprika, garlic sautéed portobello mushrooms and grilled asparagus crowned with lemon and parmesan.
Your meal is far from over, by the way. Pick up the menu on your table and you’ll find a lineup of six of Chef de Cuisine Paul Hallett’s weekly specials, all cooked à la minute. We were treated to a medley of roasted scallops, salt cod croquettes, roasted lamb leg, pulled pork toast, salmon wellington and roasted pork belly. All the a-la-carte dishes come in small servings to ensure minimal wastage ― so, you can expect to savour every morsel to the fullest.
Leave room for dessert, as you’ll regret not trying the red ruby peach wine jelly, super-moist banana opera cake, Kir Royale champagne cassis and Jivara milk chocolate blue choux.
You can’t go wrong with the kid’s menu as it has the usual suspects ― chicken nuggets, fish fingers and fries. The cheese station might also find favour with your mini-muncher as it has a wide selection of child-friendly cheeses, alongside fresh grapes, bread sticks, pita chips and crackers.
One thing’s for sure though, the desserts are sure to be a big hit with the little ones who will enjoy sinking their teeth into yummy macarons, tarts and mini-donuts, dipping pieces of fruit into the chocolate fondue and slurping up frozen yoghurt.
Older kids should keep an eye out for the roving magician, who will drop by your table to stun you with his clever magic tricks. Younger ones can be kept busy at the easily-accessible and huge playroom located a level above the restaurant. Well-equipped with interactive toys and Wii video games, it also has plenty of space for active kiddos to stretch their legs and run around.
You can bring your food into the playroom, so that you can keep an eye on your brood while you feast. Or take advantage of the dedicated nanny service ― a caregiver is stationed in the playroom at all times to watch over your kewpie while you dine in the main buffet area.
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