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Primrose Hill Active Learning Tea Room
The best thing about bringing the kids to the Primrose Hill Tea Room is that you can send them into the learning centre for a few hours while you relax with a book and a cup of Cosy organic tea. Your brew will arrive in a sweet teacup and saucer, accompanied by generous jars of brown and white sugar with bright plastic spoons and a finger of biscotti on the side. The cakes, cookies, cupcakes and biscotti are baked on site and are perfectly proportioned for young tummies in search of treats. Hungry? The Tea Room specialises in simple homestyle food so you (and the kids) can tuck into English breakfasts, grilled cheese on toast with a variety of toppings, or a main like the roast chicken and mash that was on offer when we visited. For main meals, there are generally just one or two options and these are changed daily.
Simple and unpretentious, with its menu handwritten on the chalkboard wall of the café (this particular feature has its good points and bad), Antipodean serves up delicious food with a touch of home. Choose from the mains or the luscious cakes or indulge in their all-day breakfast menu. Despite not having a children’s menu, the café does have a range of items that should appeal to kids: The porridge with honey and banana and the banana pancakes will definitely please finicky young palates. If the portions are too big, just talk to the staff and they will shrink them accordingly. The café has recently grown to include four outlets (with new premises at Mid Valley and Atria Damansara) but we’re confining our recommendation to the Bangsar and Menara Tan & Tan outlets. These have cosy kiddie areas, equipped with toys, little tables and a television showing cartoons. At the Bangsar café, even Fido is welcome to join the family’s brunch.
Tuck Shop at BSC
What used to be known as Stuff Your Face Cafe has now been converted to a new child-friendly food gallery that features a multicuisine menu. Tuck Shop occupies a big share of the fourth floor of BSC and is located opposite Jungle Gym. It looks like a food court except that the space is big enough for kids to play. They even have TV programmes that are specially dedicated to kids. For parents, WiFi is available so that you can have a meal while your kids play and eat. Besides that, they have a big party area that's suitable for birthday parties, baby showers and other joyful occasions.
Huckleberry Food & Fare
Emblazoned on one wall of this café is a line by Mark Twain’s most cheeky fictional character, the vagabond Huckleberry Finn. ‘There ain’t nothing in the world so good when it's cooked right’ according to the lovable rascal. Huckleberry Food & Fare gives a nod to this philosophy by preparing its victuals with extra vigilance. Take, for instance, a seemingly simple matter such as serving juice. While most cold drinks get watered down long before you’ve reached your last sip, their freshly-made Red Velvet, a blend of red fruit juices, remained cold and sweet when we tried. The trick? Each made-to-order juice is bottled sans ice and submerged in a miniature ice bucket. Huckleberry’s thoughtfulness extends to its hot drinks as well: Milk can be swapped for almond milk if lactose intolerance runs in the family. Feeling peckish? Head to the attractive kid-friendly pastry and cake counter where your little ones can take their pick of sandwiches and sweets. For something more substantial, choose from brunch favourites including French toast, eggs Benedict and baked eggs. Since their pastries and cakes are baked onsite, there is also an open concept bakery where the kids can watch the bakers, from behind the glass, hard at work kneading dough and tossing ingredients together. The servers are extremely friendly and more than happy to pull up a high chair for your toddler, or a funny face to entertain them.
Jarrod & Rawlins
Malaysia’s only true gastropub, J&R (as it’s affectionately known) dishes up hearty pub grub alongside its pints. It might surprise you to hear that it’s also the perfect spot for a relaxed meal with the family. Non-halal of course, the full English breakfast is on par with any in the country. They also have an excellent roast dinner (beef, chicken, lamb or pork), renowned pork knuckles, tender steaks, salads and pasta dishes. The kids' menu is a scaled-down version of some of the pub’s most popular dishes: the Sunday Roast, fish and chips as well as sausage, beans and chips for example. They’re not exactly healthy but they are incredibly popular. The Ampang outlet also boasts a play area for children, with games, toys and kids’ movies playing, ensuring J&R remains as popular as ever with both youngsters and grownups.