Over the past year, KL has seen a burst of eateries that include dining options for kids. Gone are the days when parents were subjected to fast food joints because of happy meals that pleased tiny tummies. Nowadays, there are healthier and yummier menu options. Parents, we've done your homework and shortlisted the best for your ankle-biters. You're welcome.
Gobo Chit Chat at Traders Hotel offers stylish all-day dining with a Thai appetiser buffet, sushi bar, open noodle kitchen and bakery. Little ones will be spoiled for choice with a comprehensive kids’ menu that offers goodies like vegetable crisps, spaghetti and meatballs, ginger beef and roasted pumpkin soup. The final point in favour of family dining? Tiny gluttons can join Mum and Dad at the buffet for half price and they will love the luscious chocolate fountain.
With rock ’n’ roll memorabilia on practically every surface, this renowned restaurant not only has a great atmosphere but pretty good food too and it’s a superb place for kids. All kiddie meals come complete with a drink and little ones can choose from items such as the Mac-Daddy Mac & Cheese and Buddy Jr's Bangin Burger with Cheese or, for the more health conscious kids, a grilled marmalade chicken breast salad known as Skiddley’s Not-So-Diddly Chicken Breast Salad – all served on a cool guitar shaped plate. If that's not enough, you can add on additional sides like seasonal vegetables, fries and mashed potatoes at RM6 each. To top up the fun, kids will receive a Roxtars Activity book and a placemat.
Upgrades to the main and kids’ menus in recent years have made Marmalade an even better choice for families. Still succinct and still centred on comfort food, the menu here trades in simple, delicious dishes that are healthy but certainly not bland or joyless. We heartily recommend the chicken rice, served with oriental vegetable soup, and the macaroni and cheese, sneakily threaded with tender shreds of carrot for that extra healthy kick. Kids’ menus come with activities for the little ones to enjoy while they wait for their meals but there are also indoor and outdoor play areas with recently upgraded toys.
Lunch isn’t just lunch anymore, but a flashback to simpler times. Furnished with long tables and benches, OldSchool couldn’t look any more like a school canteen. There are even racks carrying knick-knacks and kiddie snacks such as Power Ranger colouring books and hamburger-shaped gummies. A quick scan is enough to let us know that OldSchool’s pride is its pork dishes. The kids' set meal is well-rounded and neither measly nor wasteful in portion. Just like school lunches, meals like fried noodle, egg & cheese sandwich, pork bolognaise spaghetti, pork burger and char siew fried rice are simple and served with alphabet fries and salad. Best yet is crunching down the alphabet fries, knowing that no tolling of the school bell will signal the end of recess.
Decked in cute colours amidst stylish ambiance, Pizzolo is the place to go to if you’re looking for a fuss-free kids' menu. Choices are concise but pleasing to the kiddie palette with dishes like fish and chips, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti with meatballs and chicken strips with honey mustard sauce. For light bites, kids can opt for Nutella and cheese toasties (yum!) and stuffed mushroom with three types of sauces to choose from. The menu comes with fun activities like colouring your own pizza, word searches and a fun map which we think is a good idea to occupy kids instead of letting them loiter around or throw forks across the table. Complement the meal with cutesy drinks like Big Foot, Prince Charming and Queen’s Punch and end it with a hearty banana split.
Flooded with natural light and brought to life with plenty of plants, Rimba & Rusa is the perfect spot for a lazy brunch with the family. Run by the team from Wondermilk, this pastel paradise offers local and Western dishes. There’s a kids’ play area on the mezzanine floor where the little ones can play at being chefs or race cars around a wooden race track of their own devising. Check out their Food for Tots menu for bambini spaghetti pomodoro, kapten ayam and breakfast options like petite pancakes or cheese toasties.
The Westin’s Superfoods RX menu has been keeping its guests healthy and happy for some time now. But did you know that they have a menu stuffed with healthy superfood treats for kids? Encourage the kids to eat their vegetables and bring them to Splash, where they’ll find tasty dishes like potato salmon cakes with cucumber salad or the avocado lettuce and tomato wholemeal sandwich. What makes the menu really stand out from the pack is the variety of purées, which are made fresh in combinations like steamed apple and pumpkin or avocado, mango and pear juice. If these don’t appeal, you can come up with your own concoction and the restaurant will try their best to accommodate you and your baby.
Sakae Sushi caters to fans of Japanese food who are keen on enjoying Japanese food more often without breaking the bank. The sushi chain recently launched a new menu in conjunction with its 18th anniversary, thus bringing the total number of dishes to a whopping 200 items. The spruced up kids menu includes a fire engine-shaped bento box containing Chicken Teriyaki, rice, mini ebi tempura, smiley potato fries, takoyaki and assorted vegetables. There are also caffeine-free Babycinos featuring Sakae Sushi's mascot, Mr. Froggy, as cute latte art.