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FOOD & NUTRITION / OCT ‘2014

Eating Out With Kids, Sydney

When dining with kids in tow, it pays to be prepared. With that in mind, we have compiled a rundown of the best family-friendly dining options Sydney has to offer..

Words LETITIA ROWLANDS

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Whether it’s a waterside seafood feast, a relaxed pub meal or an Italian pizza fest your family is after, there are restaurants across the city and suburbs where you and your children will be welcomed for a memorable dining experience.

In Various Locations

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Hog's Breath Cafe

www.hogsbreath.com.au

Eating at your local Hog’s Breath Café has always been popular for families and their latest ‘Hogster’s Kids Meals’ come with a free glass of soft drink or juice, plus two FREE scoops of ice cream for dessert.

Hog’s Breath specialise in Prime Rib Steaks with the boast that there’s not a more tender, mouth-watering steak to be found anywhere. Hog’s Breath has created a distinctive style for people who enjoy casual family dining experiences with an overriding friendly atmosphere.

Around the City

 

Sydney Fish Markets

www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au

If your family likes seafood there is no fresher place to get it than the Sydney Fish Markets and the passing array of fisherman and tourists makes great People Watching for the whole family. While the little ones enjoy fish and chips, Mum and Dad can dine on sushi, noodle soups, fresh oysters, prawns and seafood platters to take away and eat at the table and chairs outside the markets.

 

Pancakes on the Rocks

www.pancakesontherocks.com.au/therocks

Pancakes and kids, is there a more perfect combination? The menu also serves a wide range of pizza, fish, chicken and steak options …then you can still have pancakes for dessert.

Open 24 hours a day, this city restaurant caters for early rising families as well as night owls. There are also Pancakes on the Rocks restaurants at North Strathfield, Beverly Hills, Campbelltown, Darling Harbour and Northmead.

 

Eat Love Pizza

www.docksidegroup.com.au/restaurants/eat-love-pizza

Right on the shores of the City’s Darling Harbour, this Italian restaurant is a favourite for families venturing out to enjoy the area’s many attractions, with generous servings of pasta and delicious gourmet pizzas, as well as mezze plates, seafood, meat dishes and a kids menu.

 

East Sydney

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Kokoroya Japanese, Maroubra

www.kokoroya.com.au/maroubra.php

With a play area for little kids and the novelty of iPad ordering from your table to keep big kids interested, this Japanese restaurant offers an amazing family, fine-dining experience.

Lunchtime visitors can make the most of cheaper menu items, including a Karate Kid Meal Deal which includes chicken pieces, sushi and a desert cup. The waiters are also skilled at making balloon animals to keep them entertained.

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Watson’s Bay Hotel

www.watsonsbayhotel.com.au

Crab racing is not usually something you think of when you are planning a relaxing Sunday meal with your family. But at Watsons Bay Hotel, that is just one of the things that will keep the children entertained while you take in the breath-taking views and peruse the delicious menu which is inspired by the seaside location.

Also on a Sunday children dine for free between 5pm and 7pm if dining with a paying adult, and kid-sized colouring in tables are scattered around the venue to keep little minds and hands busy.

 

Centennial Park Cafe

www.cpdining.com.au

Being surrounded by almost 200 hectares of parkland is definitely a plus for Centennial Park Cafe when dining with a tribe of energetic kids in tow. Take the family for a bike ride, to feed the ducks or a swing in the nearby playground before wandering to the cafe for a bite to eat. The glass walls give the cafe a touch of elegance and also help to make the most of the park views. The coffee is top quality and the food is delicious enough to please the adults while also being very child-friendly.

 

Inner West

 

The Grounds, Alexandria

www.groundsroasters.com

There’s so much to love about The Grounds it is hard to know where to start with spacious gardens, push along toys, a resident pig Kevin Bacon and the holiday weekend markets.

The coffee is fabulous and the food, made from ingredients either grown on-site or sourced directly from producers, is delicious.

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Five Dock RSL

www.clubfivedock.com.au

With a play area for little kids and the novelty of iPad ordering from your table to keep big kids interested, this Japanese restaurant offers an amazing family, fine-dining experience.

Lunchtime visitors can make the most of cheaper menu items, including a Karate Kid Meal Deal which includes chicken pieces, sushi and a desert cup. The waiters are also skilled at making balloon animals to keep them entertained.

 

Henson Park Hotel, Marrickville

www.thehenson.com.au

There’s so much to love about The Grounds it is hard to know where to start with spacious gardens, push along toys, a resident pig Kevin Bacon and the holiday weekend markets.

The coffee is fabulous and the food, made from ingredients either grown on-site or sourced directly from producers, is delicious.

 

Southern Suburbs

 

Taren Point Hotel

www.tarenpointhotel.com.au

Sunday is the day to visit if you want the kids to be entertained, with a petting zoo, face-painting and balloons on hand. The menu offers a wide selection of mouth-watering steaks, delicious burgers, schnitzels, pizzas and pastas.

 

Mulga Tree Restaurant, Oatley

www.mulgatreerestaurant.com.au

This fine-dining yet family-friendly restaurant has become a favourite for families. With its A La Carte menu plus children’s options, the restaurant in the leafy suburb of Oatley is a great place to celebrate family birthdays with a special lunch or dinner. Set in a large garden and with undercover outdoor dining available there is room for children to play if they get restless at the table.

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Tradies Club, Gymea and Caringbah

www.tradies.com.au

If Mum and Dad would like a couple of hours to enjoy a meal alone, while the kids are taken care of nearby, then Tradies Gymea or Caringbah are the places to go. The children (aged from 3 to 12) of club members can attend Max’s World Kids Club for $5 for two hours. When it comes time to feed the little people there are also plenty of meal options available for their hungry tummies

 

 

West and North West

Bertani Bar and Restaurant, Parramatta

www.bertani.com.au

The tastebuds will be kept happy with the traditional range of Italian and seafood dishes and a large range of pizza and pasta. There is a kids menu and a playroom.

 

Ettamogah Hotel, Kellyville Ridge

www.ettamogahhotel.com.au

A jumping castle, rock climbing, pool tables, a games arcade room and play gym? It sounds more like a kid’s dream world than a pub. But those are just some of the activities on offer at the Ettamogah Hotel in Sydney’s northwestern suburbs.

 

South West

 

Panania Diggers

www.pananiadiggers.com.au

Panania Diggers features a real life train carriage on the grounds for children to explore and play in. There are also two playgrounds near the outside dining area which means the parents can relax and enjoy a meal from the bistro Georges on Kelso, or the new cafe Hennessy on Kelso.

Food choices are affordable with members’ meal deals, weekly specials and members’ $6 specials from the bistro.

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Addie's Specialty Tea Room

www.addiesspecialtytearoom.com

It is billed as the place “where friends meet” and it is easy to see why. The menu featuring home baked scones, cakes, slices, coffee, tea, milkshakes and frappes makes a visit here for morning or afternoon tea or a light lunch feel like a special treat.

In addition to being a great place to have a coffee and catch up, Addie’s also features a shop which sells children’s stationary and gifts. Not only that but your daughters will be tempted to spend their next birthday here creating memories with their friends at a Flower Fairy Build a Bear High Tea, Tween and Teen High Tea, or Spa Me Gorgeous High Tea. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

 

Club Rivers, Riverwood

www.clubrivers.com.au

You know your local club is happy to have your kids along for dinner when the man on the front desk offers them a lollipop the moment they arrive. There is also an enclosed playroom and free colouring-in pages and pencils on offer near Sketches Cafe inside.

The cafe offers a range of snacks and drinks at reasonable prices, but if you are after something more substantial the club’s main restaurant Helens is a local favourite.

 

Northern Suburbs

 

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Newport Arms Hotel

www.newportarms.com.au

It might be more than 30kms north of the city centre, but you haven’t truly experienced Sydney until you have spent an afternoon eating and relaxing in the beer garden of the Newport Arms Hotel.

Children are warmly welcomed at this popular hotel with its gorgeous waterfront location and two playgrounds.

 

Piemonte Cafe, Terrey Hills

www.piemonte.com.au

Located in the Hills Flower Market in Terrey Hills, Piemonte enjoys a peaceful setting in which to enjoy breakfast or lunch, or dinner (Saturday nights only). The cuisine is modern Australian with an Italian influence. If the kids like to get out of the house early, arrive between 8am and 10am any day of the week for a $13 breakfast and coffee deal. There is also an enclosed playground.

LETITIA ROWLANDS

Letitia worked for daily newspapers for 20 years covering a wide variety of topics but since becoming a mother five years ago, her writing has focussed on family and parenting topics. Letitia lives in Sydney with her husband and two young sons Hugo and Jasper and enjoys a freelance career writing for magazines and websites.

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