Family-friendly fun and East Coast Park go hand-in-hand, and it’s pretty easy to see why – bicycle and skating paths run parallel to the beach and ocean, BBQ pits dot the long stretch of park, ample grassy areas for picnics and just chilling under the sky, and lots and lots of good food around!
One restaurant that gels together family-friendliness and yummy food is the SandBank. They’re found at Parkland Green, a relatively new location that can be found right outside the underpass from Parkway.
The SandBank is facing the beach, giving it a nice and chill atmosphere – somewhere that you can bring your friends and family out for brunch in the mornings, and then enjoy some football on their screens at night.
On their menu, they’ve got a smattering of Western food, and we started out with their Spiced Salmon Tartare ($17), and Beach Salad ($19) which contained prawn, salmon roe, rock melon, dragon fruit, apple slices, cherry tomatoes, and was topped off with mixed salad & apple chilli dressing.
Their Salmon Tartare had just the right amount of spiciness to bring out our appetites, and their Beach Salad was refreshing, tangy, and crunchy (giving it a nice contrast to the Salmon Tartare).
Next came the mains– the Smoked Duck Pasta ($20) and Sandbank Fish & Chips ($23). One thing to note is that they update their menu on a regular basis, but the Fish & Chips have always been a staple there because it’s that good.
Their Fish & Chips arrived piping hot with crispy breaded skin, coleslaw, and their own tartar sauce. It was just YUM. The Smoked Duck Pasta was as good, with healthy portions of juicy smoked duck meat in light cream sauce.
Dessert arrived, and we definitely made sure to enjoy every single bit of their Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake ($14) and Matcha Tiramisu ($13)! For me, it was alternating between bites of the Lava Cake (sweet) and Tiramisu (slightly bittersweet) to get the most out of them.
If you’re going down to visit them, really do give their Lava Cake a try – the hot peanut butter that flows out when you slice through the cake is delish!
They’ve also got food items that can be shared with your friends and family such as the Cioppino ($37), a spicy seafood stew with squid, scallops, prawns, mussels, and clams in a tomato broth, and the Charcoal Grilled US Black Angus Ribeye ($40 for 250gm, $70 for 500gm). Unfortunately, it was just two of us… but we’ll definitely be back to try them out!
In addition to their food menu, they’ve got a nice (and not so) little drinks menu with draught beers, liquor, wines, shooters, and cocktails for when mummy and daddy wants to unwind a bit.
For our little ones, they’ll get to enjoy milkshakes ($7.50 - $15) and homemade sodas ($6 for a glass, $12 for a jug).
If you’re feeling a bit too warm, you could always take a dip in their pool that’s just outside – and you can bring your little ones too! There’s a shallower section of the pool that’s specifically for your children, one with heated water so they won’t get the chills.
Not only that! During the weekends, they have swim classes for babies and infants (aged 6 – 42 months) conducted by Little Swim School – right there at their own private pool! How does having a mug of beer while your little ones are off at swim class next to your table, sound to you? It’s a win-win situation! Each lesson lasts for 30 mins and there are shower amenities available at your convenience.