Address: #01-01 One Shenton, 1 Shenton Way,
Opening hours: 11 am to 12 am (Mon to Thurs); 11 am to 1 am (Fri); 9 am to 12 am with brunch until 6 pm (Weekends)
This swanky eatery, which sits snugly in the Central Business District, morphs into a cosy brunch spot on weekends that’s perfect for family gatherings.
Sophisticated and spacious, The Bank Bar + Bistro boasts an al fresco area if you prefer to chow down amid the laidback weekend Shenton Way vibe. Besides an à la carte menu, its weekend offerings include specially crafted brunch specials and set roast meals.
We whetted our appetite with fried chicken and prawn Shanghai dumplings ($13.90), given a kick from the accompanying mango chilli sauce, as well as grilled chicken quesadillas ($12.90), stuffed with capsicum, fire-grilled corn and mozzarella.
The fork-tender braised lamb shank ($30.90) with rosemary sauce, served with roasted potatoes, asparagus and vine tomatoes, was a divine main dish, but it was the roasted striploin in red wine sauce with homemade Yorkshire pudding ($25, including dessert) that stole the show.
For a traditional spread, The Bank Breakfast ($20) — featuring the works including eggs, bacon, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, roast potatoes, plus a drink — satisfies. We were also won over by the simple yet scrummy dish of pasta with fresh seafood such as prawns, black mussels and squid in homemade chilli crab sauce ($22.90).
Tot-O-Meter: Open only during brunch, the playroom (which is fully stocked with a wide range of interactive toys and boasts cartoon screenings such as Peppa Pig) will be a huge draw for your tyke. If you manage to pry him out of this spot (good luck!), order him a meal from the kid’s menu, which also doubles as a colouring sheet, crayons included. Besides sandwiches like ham and cheese ($8.50) and grilled chicken ($9.90), he can also opt for the fish and chips ($10). Served with French fries and coleslaw, it’s a hit with the kiddos. For something heartier, let junior try one of the pastas — bolognaise ($9.90), carbonara ($8.90) or Napoli ($8.90). The pillowy-soft Brioche French Toast ($10) with poached honey cinnamon pear, fresh berries and maple syrup from the adult’s brunch menu will also appeal to his taste buds. All kids’ meals — free with every main course ordered — come with a soft drink or juice.