Birthdays, Food reviews - Singapore, Hunter FOOD FOR THOUGHT @ BOTANIC GARDENS 9 February 2012

Food For Thought
Tanglin Gate entrance @ Botanic Gardens
1 Cluny Rd, B1-00
RATING: ????-

I’d heard a lot about Food For Thought and was gagging to go for ages, but never seemed to get round to it! So one day, we finally decided to check it out and since it was around Hunter’s 1st birthday, we invited a few relatives to come join in the fun 🙂

I LOVE how the cafe is located smack in the Botanic Gardens. Perfect location to sit down for a relaxed meal and cold drink after walking around the gardens. It’s a HUGE space with high ceilings and an industrial look. Ordering is done at the counter, though the food is served at your table. Really appreciated the dispenser of (complimentary) water, and help-yourself condiments. Service is also really friendly and eager to please. Absolutely no complaints about the place, really 🙂

Inside Food For Thought


5 simple thoughts


Birthday Boy


A family pic 🙂


The food is very reasonably priced and pretty good!! I was expecting either small portions and/or cafeteria-quality food.. so was very impressed that portion sizes were very decent, and the dishes were all lovely. All of us were really pleased with our dishes, especially when they came out swiftly.

I had the Slow roasted bbq baby back pork ribs and was delighted that the pork was really tender. The sauce was flavourful and rich, but not too overpowering (it makes me feel a bit grossed out when ribs are drenched in sauce!). Beautifully done, and I’d get that dish again anytime.

Grilled Barramundi fillet ($20), Garlic prawns and red capsicum linguini ($16), Slow roasted bbq baby back pork ribs ($20), Customized breakfast


Pulled pork burger, Grilled Portebello burger ($8)


Homemade iced lime tea ($4)


I thoroughly enjoyed their desserts. Even better than the mains IMHO! The Pancakes with gula melaka and cream was SO SO GOOD. Lovely fluffy pancakes with that gorgeously lightly-burnt flavour on the outside. The gula melaka was in place of traditional maple syrup and was the Asian-ized twist of the dish.

I also adored the Old southern red velvet cake, particularly because red velvet cake is not that easily found in Singapore. It’s my favourite type of cake, so I always order it whenever I spot it on the menu. Their version here was right up my alley – it was really moist and a bit dense, which I prefer to the dry/spongey version. It had cream cheese frosting layered through it and on top, though I reckon they could forgo the layer in the middle and I’d prefer it even more.. since I prefer cake to frosting! A lovely dessert too. I’d order BOTH these desserts next time I go 😛

Pancakes with gula melaka and cream ($10), Old southern red velvet cake ($5)


The main attraction of Food For Thought is their children’s playground outside. Hunter’s eyes just about popped when he saw it 😛 It’s clean, bright-coloured, and just so attractive for kids! He had a blast outside and was delighted a lot of it was catered for his height, so he could troop around the playground all by himself 🙂

Swooshing down the slide!


I guess walking UP the slide is more fun






Monkey on the monkey bars


Trying (and failing) to climb up the rope ladder


Happy boy in the "pwaaay-grnnnnd!" (how he pronounces playground)



Let’s Chat!

Let's Chat!

Thanks for the review. I’ve made plans to go there for lunch with my group of mummy friends and their kids. I can foresee that the playground will be a huge hit!

this is our favorite place to go to! Love this place! And we always take a walk to the swan lake and feed the terapins with the fish food we buy from the main concierge!

wow the food looks sumptuous. The cafeteria was closed for a few months, thought it was closed down completely. Looks like there are new stalls with good food.

Noted you love cakes, macaroons. Recommend Pave with their awesome chocolates, Pave chocolate drink, cakes and special pastries on week ends. Their chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream is yummy. It is located along East Coast Rd, opposite the newly opened 112 Katong.There is sampling for their chocolates, you must try their Yen chocolate, nice truffle taste. Bon Appetit.

Thanks for the tip about Pave! Sadly it’s right across the opposite end of the country where we live, so we never go to that area 🙁 Wish they’d open a branch in the city!

Hi Beverly,

It is very convenient to go to Katong area. If you have a car, use the ECP highway. There is a free shuttle bus provided by 112 Katong daily from Paya Lebar MRT station to 112 Katong and back to Paya Lebar MRT station too. Lots of nice eateries in Katong vicinity. Pave will not have another outlet in town. Rest assured you will not regret trying Pave. During the European summer months Pave has very unique desserts because of the various fruits available.

I got to know your web site through Andrea Goh my niece. Your prince is very charming. Try to have a princess.

Have a great week end.