Enjoy Dining and Flying from Mount Faber to Sentosa with your Family
September 29, 2017
There is a myth that goes, “the grass is always greener on the other side”. Perhaps, this was the reason why I kept traveling to European countries, and was never interested in exploring my own sunny island. However, a wise traveller I came across during one of my trips told me, “when I hear the grass is greener on the other side, I just try to focus on taking care of my own lawn”. It made me realize how little I know about my homeland, due to my negligence all these years. This sparked my interest in exploring Singapore, and sharing the fun-tastic experiences with all of you!
Have you heard of Sentosa, our premier island resort getaway? This 500-hectare island resort is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats, lush rainforests, golden sandy beaches, resort accommodations, world-renowned golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina, and luxurious residences. Moreover, Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, which operates South East Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park, has made Sentosa its home too!
There are monorails, buses, and even taxis which bring you into Sentosa. But, the most unique way of getting into the island resort is by the cable car. The Mount Faber Line picks you from Harbourfront, and you have a choice of heading up high to Faber Peak, or “flying” into Sentosa. Within the island resort, the Sentosa Line stops at the Merlion, Imbiah Lookout, and Siloso Point.
With such a vast variety of activities and dining options available, I’m going to narrow it down for you, and recommend one of the best ways to spend your time visiting both Mount Faber and Sentosa with your family. You can have lunch at Spuds & Aprons before getting onboard the Singapore Cable Car into Sentosa, followed by a visit to the Merlion.
Spuds & Aprons
Dig into some delicious comfort food, while being awed by the great views of the Sentosa-Harbourfront precinct, and the running cable car line. This playful F&B joint at the top of the hill at Faber Peak Singapore whips up some wickedly sinful food! You can opt to cool down and relax comfortably at the air-conditioned dining room or chill out at the alfresco garden. This family-friendly space has a koi pond and parents are able to purchase food for the fish, and accompany their children while feeding the fish. I hope your kids will enjoy this activity as much as my niece had!
Let’s get started with the Truffle Wicked Fries & Gravy ($13) which features steakhouse cut spuds with 6 types of cheese and brown gravy. Imagine sinking your teeth into fries which are neither too mushy nor too crispy, and are generously drenched in dollops of mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, emmental, gruyere, and provolone cheese … Simply delightful!
My favourite was the Chilli Crab in a Tux ($14), which is basically chilli crab stuffed in potato skins. The marriage of Eastern and Western flavours tickled our tastebuds. You get a combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavours bursting in your mouth. What a crowd-pleaser this was!
Happy Chicken Wings with Tangy BBQ Sauce ($18 for 6 pieces) and Portobello Perfection Salad ($15) also form part of the starters. The wings are juicier and meatier than the average ones you get elsewhere, and we enjoyed the crunch in every bite. The latter, on the other hand, contains Portobello mushroom, baby spinach, semi dried tomato, sesame lavash, and balsamic reduction. This is certainly made for the health-conscious, but it did help balance out the greasiness from the rest of our dishes.
Fans of fatty pork belly can try the Crispy Pork Belly ($27). The pork belly is soaked in a hot tub and slow cooked until fork tender, while still maintaining a crispy skin. The dish is served with homemade pineapple pickle and mixed brown rice.
There are seafood options on the menu such as the Grilled King Prawns ($32). Fresh, succulent prawns are well grilled and served with squid ink pasta cooked to al dente. The shimeji mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and tangy tom yam broth give the dish a distinctive character. There’s a nice mix of textures and flavours, and the tom yam whetted our appetites for more.
If you are visiting Spuds & Aprons from Monday to Thursday between 12pm and 3pm, they have recently rolled out a Local Lunch Menu. We recommend the Hokkien Noodles ($12) which is typically wok-fried noodles with prawns, squid, and pork belly served with sambal chilli. The Singapore Laksa ($10) and the Hilltop Fried Rice ($12) are available for lunch too.
Do save some stomach space for desserts! The Jar of Happiness ($11) and the Chempedak Bread & Butter ($12) hit our sweet spots. The former consists a base of shortbread biscuits with almond flakes, with layers of mixed berries, a scoop of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream, and is topped with warm berry compote. This was so refreshing after our heavy meal.
The latter is something that you will either love or hate. For travellers who are visiting Singapore, Chempedak is a fruit that’s similar to jackfruit. Though it does not smell as strong as durian, some of you might find its soft, slippery, and slimy texture a little strange. The yellowish flesh is also a bit fibrous. Spuds & Aprons’ bread & butter pudding is made with croissants and bites of chempedak filling, and topped off with a scoop of Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream.
This family-oriented F&B joint has kid’s meal for the little ones too! I’m pretty sure the golden nuggets with smiling fries and the aloha pizza will be a hot favourite among the young ones soon. The menu also features a comprehensive list of drinks. There’s definitely something for everyone.
Spuds & Aprons Details
Address: Level 2, Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Singapore Cable Car Sky Network
Bring back a memorable experience of Faber Peak Singapore and Sentosa with the Cable Car Sky Network. It’s a fun way to fly from Singapore’s only hilltop destination to over 20 attractions in Sentosa. I was in the cable car cabin with my 70-year-old mother and my 3-year-old niece. Both of them were exhilarated when we soared high above, and were rewarded with priceless views of golden beaches and beautiful greenery.
With two cable car lines running, you can double the joy by getting the cable car sky pass which entitles you to a free entry into Sentosa. Each adult pass costs $33 while each child pass costs $22. That’s about 20% off the original price of purchasing passes for each cable car line separately for adults, and 15% off for children.
You can also save 15% by selecting one of the following two packages which allow you to fly and explore, or fly and play. The first package entitles you to an unlimited one-day pass on the cable car, and consists a one-day ticket to S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. Adults pay $65 each, while children pay $48 each after discount. The second package includes an unlimited one-day pass on the cable car, and a one-day ticket to the Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa. Each adult pass costs $101, and each child pass costs $75 after discount.
Singapore Cable Car Sky Network Details
Opening Hours: 8.45am to 10pm daily (last boarding at 9.30pm)
Have you ever wondered what does it take to guard the prosperity of Singapore? To be precise, a 37-metre-tall mythical creature called the Merlion. With a lion’s head and a fish’s body, the Merlion acts as a guardian of prosperity which personifies Singapore’s history as an important seaport. The lion head depicts the folklore of Prince Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of lion (singa) and City (pura), while the fish tail symbolises the fishing village of ‘Temasek’, also known as ‘sea-town’ in Javanese.
If you walk past some of the significant sites in our Lion City, you’ll meet more than one Merlion. However, the largest, tallest, and most popular one lies in Sentosa. Positioned at the heart of the island, the Sentosa Merlion stands on a base that resembles the bagua, an auspicious tool used in Feng Shui to direct energy towards prosperity. Each of the majestic creature’s 320 scales is shaped like the bagua too. And, if you pay close attention to more intriguing details inside, you’ll notice that each of the Sentosa Merlion’s teeth represents a different ethnic group in Singapore – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Eurasian – signifying prosperity for all citizens of Singapore.
You can take the lift to level 10 and ascend a few flights of steps to the lookout point from the Merlion’s mouth, and another lookout point on the Merlion’s head. Standing on its head, you will be towering at 60 metres above sea level, and this gives you a spectacular view of Singapore Island and the Central Business District.
Think you’ve seen and heard it all? There’s so much more to the legend inside the Sentosa Merlion! You should head down to feel the grand presence of the regal icon yourself.
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm daily (last entry at 7.30pm)
Contact: (+65) 6377 9688
Entrance Fees: $12 (adult), $9 (child & senior citizen)
This is just one suggestion out of numerous options you can explore from the peak of Mount Faber to Sentosa. To be honest, I should be ashamed that this was my very first time visiting the Merlion, and learning a little more about my homeland. But, it is never too late to start right? Grab your family right now, and head here for a wonderful weekend!
This post is brought to you in collaboration with One Faber Group.