Weekend wanderings: Labrador Park

I’m so glad we got to explore Labrador Park recently.

Labrador Park board walk

We started off at Alexandra Retail Centre where we packed a couple of thosais and Macs for a picnic. And then linked through Labrador Park MRT station to start our walk at the trail that runs alongside Berlayer Creek, one of the few remaining mangrove areas in the southern part of Singapore.

It was about 5.30pm in the evening, and lots of joggers were already on the trail.

Clear, beautiful blue skies above.

Labrador_Park_blue_sky

Along the trail, closer to the Nature Reserve itself, were two look-out points, where we could take a rest, grab a bite, and peer into the mangrove, checking out some thin razor-like fish that never seemed to shift in place despite the current. It was also a good day because we managed to spot a horseshoe crab, half-buried in the mud.

Labrador_Park_lookout_points

We didn’t spot any monkeys though, despite seeing a few of these warning signs.

Labrador_Park_monkey_warning_sign

By the time we were reached the Reserve, I think a good 45 minutes to an hour had already passed. Well, it’s probably slower than usual, what with toddlers, food stops, distractions, and all. We reached this resting point, which is also the start point of the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk, and our hungry bellies told us it was time to bring on the food.

The kids were happy wandering about, looking at the water, munching on nuggets and thosai and prata. The adults were enjoying the waterfront views of Keppel Harbour and Sentosa.

Just around the corner from here, at the Nature Reserve side, we found toilets and a nice green patch to laze around and watch the sunset.

All in all, it was a beautiful day and walk. I’m sure we’ll be back there again, hopefully soon.

Labrador_Park_scenery

P/S: From here, it’s a good 30-minutes walk to the end of Keppel Harbour, near Reflections at Keppel Bay. So be sure to buffer in some time if you have the kids in tow.

Have a good weekend ahead, friends!

Looking for a romantic dinner spot? Try Eco Gourmet Cafe at Labrador Park

The hubby took me out for a birthday dinner on Monday, and all I knew was that we were headed for Labrador Park. After a short walk from the carpark, we arrived at the restaurant – Eco Gourmet Cafe. Here’s a photo of the restaurant’s outdoor seating just opposite the entrance.

At the entrance, cosy bar seating beckons, and the ceiling lights in the shape of bells lazily sway from side to side. My dinner date waits patiently while I take a photo. =P

As we were led to our seats in one secluded corner (there was only one other couple at the other corner of the restaurant) I found myself quite taken by the seclusion, the quietness, the casual yet jungle-like setting. It feels like you can almost touch the leaves of the surrounding trees if you just reach your hand out. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner or for a small group of close girlfriends.

eco cafe ambience

The service was nice and easy, the waiters kept their distance but picked up our dishes, and refilled our glasses at appropriate times and without us having to ask. Here’s the complimentary starter.


The cream of mushroom and truffle was a winner in my books. It was topped with slices of grilled king oyster mushrooms and enoki tempura (which is the crispy thing you see in the picture below). Delish…

The medley of root vegetables tossed in ginger soy dressing was refreshing but a little too bland for me. Maybe there was insufficient dressing, I’m not quite sure.

I chose the over-roasted miso cod. The black lumpy mass behind the cod is actually squid-ink whipped potato; the squid ink gives the mash a lot more flavour. The fish was on the sweet side, due to the mirin miso seasoning, but the cod was nice and firm, and the pickled vegetables helped to balance the sweetness.

eco cafe codfish

Hubby had the broiled chicken thigh with pomelo salad, mash, and asparagus. I stole a taste of his chicken because it looked so inviting and it was actually quite good — nice and crisp on the outside and very juicy.

After ordering dessert and waiting for 15 minutes, we got our molten lava cake. I must say it was worth the wait. I enjoyed every bite of the cake — the chocolate was not too rich, and the coconut ice-cream was yummy too.

eco cafe lava cake

Everything set us back about $130.

But we had a lovely time. Nothing to complain about at all. The atmosphere was really conducive for some heart-to-heart conversations, as we shared and updated each other about what we’ve been thinking of, dreaming about, and yearning for. That precious time and connection, to me, is probably the best gift he could ever have given me for my birthday.

Eco Gourmet Cafe

30 Labrador Villa Road, Labrador Nature Reserve

Tel: 6479 8885

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