On 30th December 2012, we decided to spend the day in Orchard Area. There were some options, but lil boy finally decided that he wanted to play and eat in the Orchard Area. Since we got the whole free day, we planned to visit Marche Somerset and Paragon Orchard for 2 play sessions for lil boy. Considering how small the playgrounds are in those two places, I always wonder what attract this kid to play here for hours and make him keep coming back.
Plus, we wanted to try our luck visiting Orchard street at night. We always wanted to take pictures under the Orchard lights before Christmas, but every time we were in Orchard in the evening or at night for a photo session……….it was always raining. Well, all we could do was hoping that the weather would be nice that day.
It was very hot when we left home. After a short debate on the MRT, we decided to go to Marche Somerset first. This would be our second visit. Our first visit was documented in here. Besides playing in the playground, we (all of us including lil boy), would like to try other food as well, especially their “super long queue” Swiss Rosti. I wanted to take more pictures outside and inside, so I was ready with my camera too.
There is a bakery outside the restaurant, and I always see long queue every time I pass by this bakery. The taste must be good. We never try to buy anything from here, since we don’t find our favorite bread in here (anything with cheese and chocolate is quite rare in here).
To go into the restaurant in the basement floor, we must enter through the bakery door and go down one level by stairs (there is an elevator too for those who need it). You will find nice decoration along the stairs that lead to the basement floor. Sheep, Europe country home, and other kampong style decoration are very dominant in here.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were given cards (like credit cards) that will be swiped by the staff every time we buy food or drink. We only needed to pay for all the food and drink at the cashier before going out from the restaurant. It sounded easy and practical, but people will also tend to buy more food and drink as they never really have to pay until they finish. I noticed people around me ordered more than one kind of food or drink for themselves. Plus, the very cozy ambiance made people stay longer to chat with their friends and families, meaning that they would probably order more food and drink.
As usual, lil boy played here for hours (around four hours…..I had to force him to stop so we could continue to another place). The good thing was, we felt convenient sitting for hours there, as the staff never seemed to bother at all. Although we already finished our food and drink, but the staff were still nice and friendly, they didn’t rush to clean our table, or gave us “the annoying look” ( in some restaurants, the staff wish we are out as soon as possible when we are done with our food). And, although this is actually a food court (expensive one) and can be very crowded at certain hours, but nobody ever queued next to our table and wished us to leave soon so they could sit there.
Thankfully, at that time we got our seats next to the children playground. So it was very easy to watch after him while sitting or eating or drinking. It was very convenient for lil boy too cause “he always forgets to eat when he’s playing”, cause he could play, came to eat, went back to the playground, came back to eat, and so on until he finished his food.
While lil boy was playing, we walked around this place to take some pictures:
Since we all already had our breakfast before we came here, so as the start we only ordered a drink.
Next came the dessert.
Well, at least the vanilla ice cream could made lil boy stop playing and finished once scoop of ice cream. After that, he went back to the playground.
We were hungry (exluded lil boy), so we decided to have our lunch first.
Without lil boy’s permission (he said he wasn’t hungry and still wanted to play), I ordered him rosti with chicken cheese sausage. The queue were very long as usual. Rosti is made from potatoes, so I knew lil boy must liked this.
I found the rosti was quite bland, but the sausage was good. It should be eaten with the sour cream, but none of us liked it. The savory crepes were good, and of course all of us liked the ice cream.
After enough playing and eating, now it was time to continue our journey to Paragon Orchard, but while waiting for daddy to pay in the cashier, I took a picture of lil boy near the Christmas tree.
We also found another nice spot for taking photos outside Marche, which was inside the mall. Here we are with the Santa sleigh and glowing Christmas tree:
So anyway, it was raining heavily when we arrived at Orchard, and kept raining even though we already spent 2 hours in Paragon and 1 hour in Takashimaya. So, we didn’t take any photos since it was very difficult with all the bags and the umbrellas. Lil boy slept on the bus that daddy had to carry him home from the bus stop. He continued sleeping until 7 am. in the morning…..wow…he must be super tired with all his adventure play.