Eating out with a baby or kid in tow can be fun as well as challenging. You neither want to miss out on an enjoyable meal nor leave the munchkin behind in someone’s care. We say pack them up and book a table at these tried-and- tested restaurants and have the staff take care while you sit back and enjoy. The food is fresh, the staff friendly, are spacious and have clean loos.
Pizza Express (Andheri, Colaba, BKC, Powa, Thane, Bandra, Lower Parel )
A generation that is obsessed with pizza and pasta, undoubtedly get kicked about eating out at Pizza Express often. The dough balls here are a hot favourite (they have one with Nutella dip) apart from the variety of pizzas and pastas that can get even a fussy kid to eat with rapt attention. What’s more, Pizza Express also hosts pizza making parties where you can watch your kids toss the dough and make their own pizzas. The place is spacious and the staff is friendly.
Jamjar Diner (Versova, Bandra)
Jam Jar boasts of quirky décor with a retro jukebox and skylight, not to forget some good food, which can be customised for kids if requested. “We love to visit here often as the staff is always happy to offer menu variations for my six-year- old son, who loves his pastas,” says Shweta Gosavi, an HR professional. The Flower Pot Surprise – a chocolate dessert made of crushed Oreos, gooey brownies, marshmallows and ice-cream is an added attraction for kids.
Mamagoto (Andheri, Bandra, Fort)
The space may be small, but Mamagoto has cute interiors and some interesting food for children. Their mini spring rolls and soups served in small bowls are quite talked-about. The menu has ample variety, almost rare that your child will get bored or cranky. And what kid does not like dumplings and noodles, eh?
Smokehouse Deli (BKC, Bandra, Lower Parel)
Smokehouse Deli takes their little guests very seriously. Here, your child will be given a menu booklet, crayons and a DIY paper plane to play. The special menu for kids is extravagant and has a balanced set of dishes, which depends on portion sizes too. There is chicken and cheese bombs, French fries, a Pirates of the Caribbean inspired burger, pizzas and a Kit Kat shake. That’s not all. Have your kid tuck into a DIY pasta, where he/she gets to choose the sauce and type of pasta. As chef manager Gyston Gracias puts it, “It’s a fact that these days kids are the real decision makers.” We cannot agree more.
Mainland China (multiple outlets)
Homemaker Sushree Chowdhury prefers to visit Mainland China with her two kids for Sunday brunches. “The buffet spread is huge as well as the regular menu has a good variety for children. Plus, the staff sometimes gives crayons and drawing paper to keep them engaged,” she informs. There are high chairs for babies, and the food being Chinese, is free of MSG. Also, most of their outlets are spacious allowing kids to let them be.
Leaping Windows (Versova)
Leaping Windows is a fantastic place for kids and adults alike, especially those who enjoy reading comics. The eatery is divided into two levels; a staircase leads you to the basement where you can take your kid to while away the time browsing through comics and graphic novels. Plonk yourselves on bean bags or the ground and choose what you want to read. The menu is also child-friendly – milkshakes, burgers, pizzas, waffles and more.
Le Pain Quotidien (BKC, Colaba, Lower Parel, Powai)
What kid does not like pasta? The children’s menu at Le Pain Quotidien consists of spaghetti chicken meat balls in a tomato sauce, organic penne with pesto cream or tomato or basil sauce apart from a classic Mac n’ cheese. They also have high chairs and a small corner to play with your little one. The added attraction is the waffle and brownie making workshops they host occasionally.
Indigo Deli (Andheri, Lower Parel, Powai, Bandra, Malad, Phoenix Market City Kurla)
What makes Indigo Deli one of the best restaurants in the city is consistency in terms of food and a helpful staff. It may not boast of an exclusive kid’s menu, but the food can be customised as per your needs. The pizzas are some of the best we’ve had in the city and the little guests echo the thought. Get the PB&J or the French Toast slathered with chocolate for sure. A wide range of homemade ice-creams is also something they will absolutely love. The ambience is mellow, so go ahead and take your baby along!
Grandmama’s Café (Juhu, Chembur, Dadar, Kemps Corner, Lower Parel)
Being a family restaurant, Grandmama’s Café can be a bit noisy in the evenings. But, expect your little ones to have a good time as the space has a charming décor and a friendly staff who will help you with less spicy food if requested. There are mini waffles, chocolate desserts, homemade pasta among others to make them happy. Millk – a recreation centre with play area and kiddie activities is next door, so you don’t have to worry if your child throws a tantrum without notice.
Saltwater Café (Bandra, Churchgate)
We have come to realise that a child-friendly restaurant is one that serves pasta or pizza. Saltwater Café does not have an exclusive menu for kids but is happy to tailor the dishes for your little one. The pastas are delicious, and the staff takes care of the choice of sauces as per his/her taste. The desserts are something your kid will enjoy especially the warm chocolate fudge cookie or the hot chocolate fondant with ice-cream.
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