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Family Dining Options Galore at Orchard Central

Family Dining Options Galore at Orchard Central

Looking for a family-friendly dining place?

Why not head down to Orchard Central?

The centralised mall in downtown Orchard now offers a slew of new F&B tenants, including many family-friendly ones. Rachel, Asher and I headed down to Orchard Central one weekday noon to embark on a culinary adventure at five F&B outlets: Maccha House (B1), Milagro Spanish Restaurant (Level 8), Tony Roma’s (Level 7), The Manhattan Pizza Co. (B1) and Spageddies Italian Kitchen (Level 4).

Sounds crazy, but we had fun and survived the endless food onslaught.

Our first stop was at Tony Roma’s, famous for their award-winning baby back ribs and onion loaf. I have fond memories of Tony Roma’s and was a regular patron at their restaurant during my JC days, between 1997-98. I still remember having dinner at Tony Roma’s with a bunch of JC friends, the night before our O level results were to be released. I was worried sick about doing badly for my Os then. Looking back now, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. Today, I am dining at Tony Roma’s again, but with my wife and a two year old son in tow. Asher means the world to me now and I am happy to share with him, the same good food which I used to enjoy as a teenager.

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The signature onion loaf at Tony Roma’s is still as good as I remember it. Made with giant hand-cut onions, breaded, deep fried and served with Toma Roma’s own BBQ sauce, Asher love it as much as I do and couldn’t stop munching on the onions after the first bite.

The signature onion loaf

The signature onion loaf

Only onions this big can be used to make the loaf

Only onions this big can be used to make the loaf

Tony Roma's own BBQ sauce to enjoy the onions with

Tony Roma’s own BBQ sauce to enjoy the onions with

Creamy corn soup which Asher enjoyed very much - suitable for young kids

Creamy corn soup which Asher enjoyed very much – suitable for young kids

The ribs was as sweet and succulent. To me, the best way to enjoy it is to hold the individual rib bone with a bare hand and pick through the meat on it to the very last morsel.

Tony Roma's signature baby back ribs

Tony Roma’s signature baby back ribs

Close-up of the ribs

Close-up of the ribs

Next, we headed to Spageddies Italian Kitchen, another popular restaurant chain that has been in Singapore for sometime. They are famous for their spaghettis and run three restaurants in Singapore, with the outlet in Orchard Central being the flagship store.

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The restaurant is kids-friendly, with ample baby chairs and kids cutlery. These are the items we sampled:

Julienne - cheese mixed with sour cream and mushroom, served with bread

Julienne – cheese mixed with sour cream and mushroom, served with bread

Look at how beautiful the cheese is

Look at how beautiful the cheese is

Seafood Sizzlelini

Seafood Sizzlelini

Spaghetti underneath all the seafood goodness

Spaghetti underneath all the seafood goodness

Crayfish Parmigiani

Crayfish Parmigiani

Close-up on the juicy crayfish flesh

Close-up on the juicy crayfish flesh

Spaghetti Vongole - fresh little neck clams served with white wine, fresh garlic, stock, red cut chili and parsley

Spaghetti Vongole – fresh little neck clams served with white wine, fresh garlic, stock, red cut chili and parsley

Particularly noteworthy are their signature Crayfish Parmigiana and Seafood Sizzlelini. The latter is great for a family of two adults and a young kid for sharing. It comes with scallops, mussels, prawns, crayfish, marinated onions and bell pepper, served with spaghetti in a slightly spicy neapolitan sauce.

From Italian cuisine, we moved on next at Milagro Spanish Restaurant, one of the newest F&B addition at Orchard Central. The owner of the restaurant is a 26 years old young chap who was inspired to set up a Spanish restaurant, after a road trip to Spain got him hooked on Spanish culture and cuisines. The menu and recipes are all carefully curated by the owner to deliver the most authentic Spanish dining experience for diners.

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Rachel and I enjoyed the food at Milagro the best. You can feel the owner’s passion as you flip through their simple, yet diverse Spanish menu. For the price-conscious, Milagro is friendly on the wallet, with no GST and no service charge. The price you see on the menu is what you pay, nett, a very good deal for quality Spanish cuisine:

Octopus a la Gallega (S$17) - Galician fair-style boiled octopus drizzled with olive oil, paprika and sea salt

Octopus a la Gallega (S$17) – Galician fair-style boiled octopus drizzled with olive oil, paprika and sea salt

Close-up of the beautiful octopus dish which is equally enjoyable to sample

Close-up of the beautiful octopus dish which is equally enjoyable to sample

Paella Valenciana (S$47) - Classic paella of chicken, french beans, saffron and spices (serves 4 to 5 pax)

Paella Valenciana (S$47) – Classic paella of chicken, french beans, saffron and spices (serves 4 to 5 pax)

According to the owner, this is dish is prepared the traditional Spanish way, with simple ingredients to bring out the best flavours

this is dish is prepared the traditional Spanish way, with simple ingredients to bring out the best flavours

Braised Beef Cheek (S$19) - Beef cheek braised in red wine, served with whipped potatoes

Braised Beef Cheek (S$19) – Beef cheek braised in red wine, served with whipped potatoes

Lecha Frita  (S$6) - Spanish fried milk fritters paired with orange whipped cream

Lecha Frita (S$6) – Spanish fried milk fritters paired with orange whipped cream

From Spanish cuisine, we moved on next to The Manhattan Pizza Co. for some American-style pizzas. Expect super-size portions, the way Americans like their food. One 10-inch slice of their pizza (from S$4.80 to S$6 per slice) is good enough for a complete lunch for many regular Singaporeans.

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Asher loves pizzas and it came as no surprise that this was his favourite stop for the day. When the gigantic 20-inch Meat Lovers pizza (S$45) was served at our table, his eyes lit up immediately and was wolfing down a large slice the next second. I was rather taken aback to see him finish one whole slice of adult portion pizza on his own.

Asher loves pizza!

Asher loves pizza!

Half pepperoni and half roast duck pizza

Half pepperoni and half roast duck pizza

Close-up of the roast duck pizza

Close-up of the roast duck pizza

Close-up of the pepperoni pizza

Close-up of the pepperoni pizza

Manhattan Pizza Co. serves 9 different pizza flavours. Customers can decide between classics such as Regina, Hawaiian, Margherita, Pepperoni or their specialty flavours such as BBQ Chicken, Seafood, Roast Duck and Meat lover. Prices range from S$36 to S$45 for a 20-inch pie.

Pizza flavours available

Pizza flavours available

For those dining alone or who prefer a complete meal, there are 8 different combos to choose from. Combo prices ranges between S$5 to S$9.90 and they come with either a drink or a side and a drink. There is also a special “The Brat Pack” ($5) kids combo and kids are given a gift with every combo.

Pizza dough balls with cheese

Garlic Doughballs

Buffalo wings

Buffalo wings

This pizza joint is one of the longest F&B tenant at Orchard Central, testimonial to their popularity with shoppers, especially with the young crowd.

The last stop was Japanese desserts at Maccha House which specialises in traditional maccha infused beverages & desserts. The restaurant has its root from Kyoto, Japan where the first Maccha House opened its door on July 2012.

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I had fun enjoying a cup of maccha tea, the traditional Japanese way at Maccha House. For newbies like me, there is a helpful how-to guide at the restaurant:

Enjoying maccha tea, the traditional Japanese way

Enjoying maccha tea, the traditional Japanese way

Cheat sheet for newbies

Cheat sheet for newbies

The desserts were awesome:

Maccha ice cream

Maccha ice cream

Maccha sundae

Maccha sundae

Maccha ice cream with japanese pancakes

Maccha ice cream with japanese pancakes

Close-up of what's served with the pancakes

Close-up of what’s served with the pancakes

Asher cannot get enough of the japanese pancakes while Rachel and I were delighted with the maccha ice cream. This is the perfect dessert place to wrap up a good meal.

Orchard Central is undergoing a little revamp and they are beefing up on their F&B tenant mix, offering just about something for everyone. Do visit the official website to check out some of the upcoming F&B outlets which will be opening soon in Orchard Central.

Next time you go hunting for a family-friendly food place, remember to head down to Orchard Central! 🙂

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

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