Family Friendly Restaurant: Chili's @ Resorts World Sentosa

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Being full-time working parents, we really look forward to weekends - and as such, we try to ensure that whenever possible, we try to enjoy the day with minimal fuss. Well... this basically means: When the kid is happy, we're happy (and relaxed) too!

It used to be that we could just walk into any restaurant that strikes our fancy and not worry about anything more apart than the cuisine choice and food quality. Mealtimes as a family has since become more challenging. We have to ensure that the kid is adequately entertained, there is a suitable selection of food items for him, high chairs are available, and as a bonus - the servers are trained to serve families with young children.

We visited Chili's at Resorts World Sentosa recently, and noted that they had the 'We Welcome Families' accreditation displayed at the main door. We tried to patronise their outlet at Tanglin Mall previously, but since BabyMoo was asleep in his stroller and they couldn't accommodate strollers in their restaurant space due to the narrow walkways (we were asked to park the stroller at the entrance) we didn't get the opportunity to.

There's just something attractive about primary colours on a logo - especially for kids! It does convey the 'Family Restaurant' message effectively.

When we arrived, the restaurant was almost running at full house, and we waited for about 5 minutes while they cleared a table for us. BabyMoo was happy enough to wait as he was entertained by the football screening on large screen TVs mounted at the bar area.

Chili's are known for their Frozen Margaritas and house cocktails, so if you're in the mood for a tropical drink to beat the heat on a lazy weekend afternoon, there is quite an extensive selection of cocktails and mocktails in their drinks list.

The bar area - perfect for dining out solo.

Sports fans will love it here - the restaurant screens selected sports channels. Perfect place for a beer and bar snacks with good buddies!
We were shown to a table for 6 with a high chair already in place, and the server mentioned that he has given us a larger table so that it will be more comfortable for us. A much appreciated show of initiative on his part, and we sat down with a favourable first impression of the place.

The kids' meal selection (Pepper Pals) comes in a piece of A4 sized paper, folded to contain 2 sticks of non-toxic crayons, no doubt for the colouring page on the reverse of the menu. All mains come with a side dish (fries, broccoli, mashed potatoes, rice, black beans or corn on the cob), a drink (sodas, iced tea, milk or juice) and a scoop of ice cream (strawberry, chocolate, caramel or vanilla).

BabyMoo ordered the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, a side order of fries (more for Daddy since he doesn't really like fries), an apple juice and chocolate ice-cream.
While we waited for our lunch, Daddy shows him how to join the dots and work his way through the maze on the activity / colouring page.

We were seated next to the floor to ceiling glass doors, and so we could people watch. BabyMoo loves the water fountain which could be seen from where we were seated. He alternated between making a mess trying to draw, and colouring the page - while he stares out periodically to whatever catches his attention.

A lot of thought has gone into providing kid friendly touches. The plastic cup is capped with a very tight hard plastic cover and the little hole where the straw is inserted is very small, thus ensuring minimal spillage. BabyMoo was happy to be able to hold his own cup without Mummy hovering over him and trying to help him hold the drink!

I was surprised, however, that the main course came in a regular breakable plate. They also didn't provide any plastic spoon, although that didn't bother us much because BabyMoo opens his mouth wide enough for a regular adult metal spoon to be fed.

Their fries are baked, which is definitely a healthy alternative to the deep-fried version.
BabyMoo loved his Mac & Cheese, and enjoyed the fries as well. Perhaps the fact that the fries are baked did make a difference to him. He also got his ice-cream after his meal - but I was prompted to inform the server that we had asked for chocolate ice-cream instead of vanilla when we were served. He didn't get the order wrong... apparently the flavour selection is limited to the sauce atop the vanilla ice-cream! It was my mistake because the menu clearly states this fact.

We had a relatively peaceful lunch because the boy was entertained (and distracted) long enough for us to enjoy our meal. I like that the restaurant have gone to substantial lengths to ensure a family friendly environment. 

Oh... and to reaffirm their 'family friendly' status:
Kids dine free (with every adult entree)
till 6.00pm on weekdays! Yippeee!!


Chili's @ Resorts World Sentosa

26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-072/073/074
Singapore 098138

Operating hours :
Mon - Thurs
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm


Tel : +65 6835-9077

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated to the management of Chili's Singapore, or have been compensated to write this review. All opinions are based on our experience, and 100% my own.

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