Of course the very second you set eyes on the name of this café you would no doubt have turned your thoughts to the Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love (and/or Julia Roberts enjoying a good cup of gelato by the sidewalks of Italy).
EatPlayLove Craft Café had caught my attention while I was on my way to lunch one sunny day. From the outside, the interior arts & craft decoration had attracted my attention and I went back to check the place out for a quick dinner.
Upon entering I realised that the reason for that was the crayons and drawings and colours everywhere. A few kids were laughing in delight at the far corner of the café. Strange. No kids should feel so gleeful having to be bound on a chair for an hour just to eat. They like to multi-task (eg, eat while watching TV; eat while smashing food around just for fun). Using my talents for detection, it was found that this café is a paradise for parents who want to dine in peace with their princes and princesses in sight.
The Kids Craft Corner offers a free-flow use of the café’s craft materials at an hourly charge of $5 for first 2 hours on weekdays. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me. So now parents, you can dine in peace*. After surviving yet another daily affair of war that is to eat in peace, we accept belated thanks.
Green Curry Chicken ($8) :: My usually crummy stomach was feeling adventurous that night, so I had the Green Curry Chicken. Admittedly, while browsing through the menu, none of the dishes stood out. “Never judge a book by its movie.” They say. With that in mind, I plunged my spoon into the dish before me now and was vindicated immediately. Even though I am not good at eating spicy stuff but I love my chilli. The curry was spicy enough for me to have a fair few cups of water (which you can help yourselves to at the counter) but not so much that I can’t enjoy the dish properly. Chicken was tender and served in fair amount. Good thing! Don’t you hate it when you order a chicken dish and you are served shredded or pathetically puny few pieces of it?
At its price, the quality of food surprised me pleasantly. I thought the curry was just, just a tad too salty but it seems to sit well with The Chosen Glutton. The Chosen One has the final say then!
Smores Waffle ($7.50) :: What I really enjoy about this is the very generous amount of slightly roasted marshmallows. Look at the photo, yes they are roasted! Though the waffles is a little hard (I personally prefer the fluffier kind) the marshmallows go very well with the waffle and ice-cream. Sinful!
Serving Thai-Western dishes at affordable prices, EatPlayLove is a good place for both a quick, no-fuss meal and to hangout. The only danger lies in the kids having too much fun audibly.
—> Note #1: Prices stated are nett. Not GST and service charge.
—> Note #2: Kitchen closes 3pm – 6pm, except weekends & PH.
* Kids not chewing on crayons not guaranteed.
Address: 28 Aliwal Street
Telephone: 6444 6400
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Daily); Closed on Tuesdays
Words by Kathleen (dined with The Chosen Glutton).
Photos by The Chosen Glutton.