The Best Kid Friendly Restaurants around Klang Valley
Created On 21-09-2014
One of the biggest headaches that I have as a parent is finding a suitable place to dine with my children. Whenever a suggestion is required, the few things that come to mind are their appealing menus, kid-friendly portions, location, reasonable prices and most importantly – where can I dump my kid?The good news is dining with children around Klang Valley these days doesn’t have to mean lowering your foodie standards, especially with all the new restaurants & cafés mushrooming around.
So behold! The definitive list for dining with children, whether you want a white-tablecloth experience, a breastfeeding friendly spot or just a spot where food measures up to the atmosphere for mums (dads) and bubs.
STUFF YOUR FACE
Bangsar is notoriously known as a stomping ground for family dining and one of the best choices around is Stuff Your Face café in Bangsar Shopping Centre.
Step-free, you can roll your kids to its spacious dining area. The menu is interesting too without trying too hard and they claim to serve the best Mac & Cheese in town… well according to the kids who dine there anyway. The café is great for planning your bub’s next birthday party too but remember to book ahead as there’s a party there almost every weekend.
PREGO @ WESTIN
There are plenty of excellent Italian restaurants around but it’s Prego in Westin Kuala Lumpur where you should take the family to feast. The interior of the restaurant is lively and inviting and guests can entertain themselves with the live kitchen or weather permitting, grab a seat out front - perfect to park all the large strollers and baby chairs.
The bubbly wood-burned crust of their wood fired pizzas are yeasty and just a touch chewy. And it comes in bite sizes good enough for the little hands. Don’t forget a glass of wine for yourself as the list holds a number of interesting Italian varietals across the region.
FIT FOR 2
Fit for 2 has long been heralded as the one-stop shop for mummies and babies alike. Almost a decade old, this studio provides fitness classes such as Fitball, Yoga and Pilates for mums-to-be and new parents. And when you’re done burning off all those calories, put them back on in their café which proudly serves healthy & nutritious home-made goodies such as Quinoa Salad with Roasted Pumpkin or Moroccan Chicken Stew with Cous Cous.
The interior is large enough to comfortably park strollers, a baby changing area complete with complimentary diapers and a play area equipped with toys for kids of all ages where parents can easily keep a watchful eye over.
Image courtesy: fatboyrecipes.blogspot.com
MARMALADE @ PUBLIKA
Lazy Sunday brunches are all the rage with the next two Publika establishments. Marmalade and Namoo both boast an outdoor space for al fresco dining and parties. Peppered with ladies (and sometimes dads) who lunch at any weekday afternoon, Marmalade proves to be a great place to let kids run around under their watchful eyes. There is an indoor and outdoor playground packed with all sorts of toys.
Mums are also encouraged to breastfeed in this restaurant.
For starters, try the smoked duck breast bun, and for the main, there is a selection of healthy pasta and local delights - we like especially the lamb burger which comes with sweet potato wedges – baked not fried. Note: the sandwich shapes are killer and which kid doesn’t love good finger food?
NAMOO @ PUBLIKA
With accolades from various mummy groups, it only comes to prove that this Korean fusion establishment is an ideal place to hang out. Kids can run around and play carefree in their outdoor playground complete with ample facilities such as swings, seesaws and slides.
Expect flavourful creations such as Bulgogi Beef Taco or Rice Cake Burgers - though they taste a little bit strange if you ask a tradionalist like me. The same goes for its selection of desserts such as their Pumpkin Tofu Cake or Sticky Korean cakes.
Image courtesy of MalaysianFlavours.com & Poskod.my
JOHNNY ROCKETS @ SUNWAY PYRAMID
The new kid on the block, Johnny Rockets finally hit Malaysian shores in 2013 and this time it’s made it big in Sunway Pyramid. And we mean BIG, all 8000 sq ft of it with a playground, darts, air hockey and foosball for kids (and adults) of all ages. Kids are also given crayons & colouring paper to fill their time while waiting for the food to arrive. Expect some fun entertainment from the awesome staff every half an hour grooving to some classic tunes.
With high chairs at the ready, this All-American diner is ready for any family visit. Bring baby wipes and let the kids house an order of Rocket Kids Meal – a mess of chips, hot dogs or hamburger while you steal a sip off their variety of shakes and floats - our favourite, the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Shake. For the big kids (adults we mean) the huge servings of hamburgers are guaranteed to make you salivate, go for the classic favourites like the Bacon Cheeseburger or the Route 66.
When restaurant owners have small children, it’s likely that their businesses will cater to the demographic. This is the case at For Goodness Cakes where small plates are king and kids aren’t just welcome, they’re embraced. The owners, all six of them, are avid foodies and mommies and proudly embrace the motto of “You are what you eat”.
The homemade menu rotates on a daily basis and features all-time favourites like lasagna or chicken rice. And while you sip your aromatic coffee accompanied with their famous chocolate brownie, sit back and relax knowing your little bubs are safely playing in their designated play area.