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#1 Monket

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Hello Canberrans

I am trying to organise a family dinner for my mum's 80th birthday and I am after suggestions for restaurants.  I have 2 children 4 and 5 and my sisters daughter is 8 so we were looking for somewhere where they can be kids but we can still have a nice meal!  Somewhere with some outdoor space would be good so they can run around without annoying other diners.  Does such a place exist?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Edited by Monket, 29 December 2012 - 03:46 PM.


#2 jayskette

Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

Any of the casual restaurants in Gold Creek - eg Cafe Injoy

Hogs Breath

APK

The grill in Southern Cross Jamison

Edited by jayskette, 29 December 2012 - 03:55 PM.


#3 Tenacious C

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

The Mawson Club has a decent play area for the kids that is adjacent to the dining area.

#4 Feral Nelly

Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

You could try the George Harcourt Inn in Gold Creek.

Decent pub food and an outdoor area.

#5 Monket

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Thanks ladies.  I have one sister who wants a posh restaurant and the rest of us want child friendly!  Trying to please all is hard....and I haven't lived inCanberra since 1999 so I am not up with the latest hip places to eat.

Thanks again, I will check out these suggestions.

#6 my serenity

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

Cafe in joy closes at 5pm I'm sure.....
Many of the clubs have great outdoor areas but George harcourt does lovely  meals and is kid friendly The Jamison suggestion great too original.gif as for your sis choose what you know will be more relaxing for you and the kids and other diners

#7 bosker

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

Possibly better for a lunch than a dinner, but I really like the outdoor area at Rose Cottage, there is a great sandpit for kids and lots of space to run & play amongst the garden, they also have a kids menu

Bec


#8 laura7

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

Hi OP
I used to live in Canberra and found that there wasn't a huge number of places in Civic that were child friendly.  We used to meet up at The Southern Club Cross at Woden or the Mawson Club.  Both have really good, play areas for children and you can sit near to supervise.  I found the food at the Mawson Club marginally better-but that was a while ago.
Good Luck


#9 seepi

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

the yacht club?

Ngunnawal indian is opposite a little park.

Regatta point cafe

gungahlin labor club or lakes club

- or da nunzio on gungahlin lake does gourmet pizza and in near the lake to play.

Edited by seepi, 30 December 2012 - 10:40 AM.


#10 chat

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

Hogs Breath @ Woden is a really good family restaurant.

#11 Jingleflea

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

I like Mawson club myself, or there's a good cafe in Pialligo which i know opens early(7am) but I'm not sure how late it closes. It has an outdoor play area and the food's good.

i DON'T like the Southern Cross club venues though, because the 'entertainment' all seems to cost money or tokens and is a bit mindless for my liking.

Rose Cottage used t be good, but I haven't been there in a while.
it also (to me anyway) depends on where everyone lives. I wouldn't go from Tuggeranong to Gunghalin for dinner with young kids. that's a long drive at night for some.

#12 jmaz86

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:45 PM

I agree with PP's in George Harcourt is good. Also Zefferelis (spelling??) in Dickson, have been there a few times.

#13 Yomumma

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:52 PM

The Hellenic club in Woden has a fantastic kids area. Not posh though!

#14 Sassenach2

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:39 AM

The play area at the Mawson Club keeps them occupied and the food if good. We take a 5 year old and a 7 year old to the Mawson Club and they never get bored.

#15 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:51 AM

I think the problem is that posh and child friendly are mutually exclusive!

Personally I wouldn't go to Rose Cottage, we've been there a couple of times and were really unimpressed with the food.

I agree with PPs, the Mawson club is really nice and very sw**ky for a club, so perhaps that is one of your best bets if you are wanting south side.

#16 brazen

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

ellacure in bruce fits the bill original.gif

we went there in march for my dh's 40th, mum's 70th (and it happened to be rora's 6th too lol) and they were wonderful, even with 3 kids and 2 gluten free people (including one of the kids)

posh enough for your sister too wink.gif

#17 BrindleGirl

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

I too am suggesting Hellenic Club. Although a club it has 3 restaurants. Chinese, bistro and the Italian Restaurant. The italian restaurant is nice and more 'posh' than say the bistro. How many do you have going? If there is a few they can reserve the outside tables and section for you. Upstairs also can reserve a section of their Chinese restaurant.

The children will love it there, they have one of the best indoor play centres in canberra for children with video games also.

#18 Bear Grylls

Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

Ellacure food is really nice and they cater well for different dietary requirements- the staff are annoyingly friendly IMO- not sure if there is a play area.
Poachers Pantry does great lunches and has a massive outdoor area.
TheGinger Room at Old Parliament House has an enclosed courtyard garden.
The Hyatt has beautiful gardens-you can have your meal served at a table outdoors if you pre-arrange it.
The Grazing in Gundaroo has fabulous food and a big garden out the back.
Ginseng at the Hellenic club is great Chinese food, but the kids playground is not close (on another floor at the other end of the club).

EFS

Edited by Bear Grylls, 04 January 2013 - 09:54 PM.





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