There is never a bad time to have meat in a bun, and Potato Head hits the nail right on the head with the perfect ratio of meat, sauce, cheese and bun. Its burgers are hardly complicated, and while prices aren’t exactly what you’ll call “friendly”, the food makes up for it. At its coming Sunday Funday, from 9am to 1pm, bite into burgers, pancakes and naughty fries (thick slices of potato, spiced béarnaise and beef chilli) for a fixed price of $85++ per family (two adults and three kids under 10 years old; $10++ for every additional kid or child above 10). Busy the kids with face painting and other art programmes while you sip on a Bloody Mary or house sangria at an extra $15 a pop.
No kids? No problem. The afternoon will continue with an adults-only party until 5pm. Order bite-sized burgers and snacks from the ala carte menu, and if you and your old man are equally thirsty, enjoy a two-hour free flow of beer, wine and spirits for $58++. However, if you prefer to celebrate Father’s Day in the comfort of your own home, the burgers are available one-for-one via Deliveroo.
Potato Head is at 36 Keong Saik Road, tel. 6237 1939
Reward your dad with something casual fancy. Pizzeria Mozza offers a wide selection of cold cuts, fresh mozzarella and wood-fired pizza. If not, its sister restaurant (it’s just beside), Osteria Mozza offers a fantastic range of cheese and pasta, such as sausage orecchiette and smoked butter cavatelli. Get a table this Sunday between 12pm and 11pm. All fathers get to enjoy Peroni on the house.
Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza are at B1-42-46, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, tel. 6688 8522
Oxwell & Co
It’s easy to get here on a Sunday. It’s the ERP’s off day and parking is readily available. And because it’s mostly a ghost town on weekends, you can be sure to enjoy your meal in peace. From 12pm to 4pm, treat your dad to its Sunday Roast. That includes the chicken liver pate, Westholme beef and leek and spinach pie which you must not miss. On top of that, all dads get to enjoy a free glass of Sapporo, Proper Job IPA or Thundering Molly Cider.
Oxwell & Co is at 5 Ann Siang Road, tel. 6438 3984
Ever since Artichoke’s Bjorn Shen moved Bird Bird from Club Street to Frankel Avenue, the menu has taken a major overhaul, going from dirty, heart-stopping Thai to all-American family-friendly. While we do miss some of its old dishes (namely the grilled chicken and shrimp-squid nuggets), the Bangkok fried chicken (above) remains as one of its signatures, with the addition of the Lebanese and Southern fried chicken.
If you live in the east, love fried chicken, chunky mashed potatoes and soft serve, go no further. Drop in for brunch or pop by a little later from 3pm to 6pm (both this Saturday and Sunday) to chill over popcorn Bangkok fried chicken, wagyu big mac fried rice and ice cold beer.
Bird Bird is at 97 Frankel Avenue, tel. 6694 8270
Take a break from the steaks and burgers. The Fullerton Hotel’s newly refurbished Jade restaurant, armed with a fantastic chef of 10 years, is easily one of the best Chinese restaurants around town. Currently famous for its sautéed beef tenderloin and double boiled dried seafood soup, it is also known as the people’s mecca for affordable dim sum. An ala carte dim sum buffet will set you back for a reasonable $38++ a person. If not, set lunch and dinner menus are available from $58++ a head.
Jade Restaurant is at 1 Fullerton Square, tel. 6877 8188
Park Bench Deli
Any good meal is mostly quality food, company and great conversation. Park Bench Deli isn’t particularly fancy, but this is your father we are talking about. They make the best sandwiches in town (there’s beer and coffee too) and he’s definitely going to appreciate that.
The menu has had some changes of late, with the addition of the meatball and mortadella sandwiches, but it is the cheese steak (above) and egg sandwich that wins hands down. Just note that the deli’s closed on Sundays, so you will have to celebrate a day earlier at brunch hour.
NB: They cater too.
Park Bench Deli is at 179 Telok Ayer Street, tel. 6815 4600