Jump to content

What would you like to see


  • Please log in to reply
46 replies to this topic

#1 TeachmeMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:45 AM

Just noticed a comment in another thread about kids meals in restaurants.

What would you like to see in kids meals when you go out. It seems like the standard fair is

  1. Nuggets
  2. fish
  3. bangers and mash
  4. cheeseburger


So if you could influence a menu what would you put on it?

#2 Chelara

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:50 AM

Kids pasta is good ie penne bolognaise or meatballs. Small sandwich like Vegemite, I love the ettamoga pub kids menu, almost like an adult menu just in kids sizes then the usual stuff as well. 3 choices of fish meals, lamb cutlets and veg, bangers and mash, chicken skewers, steak, pasta etc and you can choose salad, Chips or veg.

#3 Carmen02

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:52 AM

a variety of gluten free food my DS would eat! Like chicken nuggets and chips/fish and chips, sandwich of some sort. our regular restuarant only really has chips he will tolerate lucky he loves chips his super fussy

#4 laridae

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:53 AM

I'd just prefer a small serve of whatever is already on the menu.  As is, I normally just share my meal.

#5 Dionysus

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:57 AM

this came up a year or so ago with a poster looking for suggestions for her restaurant.

I had just come back from NZ where we had the most delicious meal in the Speigh's Brewery in Dunedin.

DD was 18 months at the time and we ordered the 'kid's picnic plate'.  It was a selection of cheese, cherry tomatoes, cold meat, bread roll, vegie sticks, fairy bread, custard, strawberries, rockmelon...  Dinner and dessert all rolled into one, served with our entrees and large enough and interesting enough for her to pick at all night whilst we ate our meals

She loved it!

#6 bluecardigans

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:59 AM

Cracker, cheese and fruit platters.

#7 cinnabubble

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:00 AM

Things on a plate, as we call it at home. Like a child sized tasting platter. We have smoked salmon, brie, water crackers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, grapes... Whatever's there, really. They eat with their fingers and love it.

#8 Dionysus

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:01 AM

to add, we would mostly choose the kid's pasta dish at restaurants - though have seen some serve spaghetti pasta instead of bows/penne



#9 Harmonica

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

Kids tasting plate is a great idea!
Or some chicken souvlaki with some toasted turkish bread
Spaghetti or other pastas like carbonara

#10 iykwim

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:07 AM

We have a great local restaurant that has amazing food original.gif they don't have a kids menu as such but you can get anything off the regular menu in a kids size for $6-$8, and its a good size serve too! DD1, who is a big eater, still gets the kids size meal and it fills her up.

It's a great option because DD1 doesn't like getting a 'kids' meal as she's not a kid  rolleyes.gif

#11 paddyboo

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:11 AM

anything on the full menu but in a smaller serving

#12 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:13 AM

I was quite impressed with the kids meal at the GOMA (Brisbane) cafe - i think it came with a sandwich, fruit salad and cupcake.

#13 Faradaye

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:16 AM

I second the platter of finger food.  The other option that worked well for us was an entree serve of bread and dips.  I always wished it was on the kids menu.

#14 Feral timtam

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:29 AM

More things that are NOT crumbed or fried. A pasta in white sauce rather than bolegnese, and more vegetables, especially green ones!
My kids won't eat nuggets or crumbed fish. DS will eat a burger, DD won't. Both kids prefer carbonara to bolegnese. They are also not too keen on chips with a meal.

Dishes I KNOW they will eat are lasagne, carbonara, quiche, soups, DD will also eat ANYTHING green unless it is sweet. They'll both eat anything they can dip things in.

I'll often order a shared plate of nachos for them, or a soup and crusty bread from the adult menu as they will eat an entree sized serve of soup if it has bread with it. If there is a pasta dish on the childrens menu I can usually safely order that and have them eat it.

#15 Mamabug

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:31 AM

Standard menu in "entree" size. Or dropping the attitude when you ask for an extra plate and cutlery so you can split a main among children.

#16 JuniperSun

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

QUOTE (Mamabug @ 12/04/2012, 09:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Standard menu in "entree" size. Or dropping the attitude when you ask for an extra plate and cutlery so you can split a main among children.


This exactly. I don't go out to eat nice food and expect my kids to eat deep fried garbage. I want then to eat what we are having. It's not rocket science. rolleyes.gif

#17 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

Any number of pasta dishes.
Tuna / Chicken salads.
Special fried rice.
Eggs on toast.
Sushi.

I do think kiddie menus tend very restrictive, overly deep fried affairs.

#18 strawberrycakes

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:51 AM

I can't stand the food most resturants have on their kids menus, my DD does't eat processed crappy nuggets & the fish is usually coated in such thick batter it is gross.

My DD loves salmon steaks, spaghetti & roasts so meals like this for kids would be fantastic.

I also like the suggestions of a tasting platter of crackers, cheese & fruit, my DD would eat that.

#19 Bluenomi

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:58 AM

Plain old boring sandwiches. Just cheese or ham. DD is a fussy eater so always ends up with hot chips since they are the only thing she'll eat at most places.

#20 cstar

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:59 AM

QUOTE (Mamabug @ 12/04/2012, 09:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Standard menu in "entree" size. Or dropping the attitude when you ask for an extra plate and cutlery so you can split a main among children.



This, I love a restaurant that will accommodate you, we will go back again and again.  It can't be that hard to change a main into an entree. My 6 y.o will order gnocchi if it's on the menu and a main is just too big, although he does a damn good job trying.



#21 FeralSingleMum

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

Love the idea of a tasting plate. Both my boys would love all of the suggestions in this thread!

#22 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

We only have a toddler at this stage (2 in June), and tend to just share our meals.  I usually take a "travel set" DS has which has a plate, cutlery and sippy cup.  

Other ideas:
- boiled egg with toast fingers and steamed green beans for dipping.
- bread and dips
- mini ploughhman's lunch (bread, cheese, ham, tomato, sweet pickles)
- spinach and ricotta filo parcels
- homemade mini pie with mash and greens

In general though, I think a 1/2 serve of main menu dishes is usually the best.  Even DS will often have this if available.

#23 ComradeBob

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:14 AM

**Mel** that tasting plate sounds awesomesauce  laugh.gif

Another who would like to see entree sized serves of main meals.

Or else what I saw in Wagamama when we were in Dublin last year, a plate with noodles, julienned carrots and cucumber, bean sprouts and chicken, all in separate piles with the sauce on the side so that your kid could mix and match what they wanted to eat.

DD loves plain noodles, carrot and chicken but hates the sauce so she was happy, and another kid I saw mixed the whole lot up and had a ball.

#24 lizardqueen

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:17 AM

My kids aren't fussy eaters until it comes to "kids' menus", because they usually don't want what's on them. DD (9) is mostly vegetarian and has been ordering from the adults' entree menu for a while now. DS (5) is a little more flexible and might choose a burger or pasta if it's there.

I won't let them skip straight to the dessert menu  tongue.gif  so they would probably choose:
toasted sandwiches
nachos (beans or beef)
hamburger with salad (not just meat + bun + chips)
pasta with something other than bolognaise sauce, eg. pesto, napolitana
lasagne (vegie or beef)
mezze plate, ie. dips and bread and vegie sticks or something like that
eggs on toast
quiche and salad
cheese plate with fruit

And please, no dressing on the salad. original.gif

LQ







#25 Guest_NinjahAlpaca_*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:32 AM

QUOTE
Things on a plate, as we call it at home. Like a child sized tasting platter. We have smoked salmon, brie, water crackers, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, grapes... Whatever's there, really. They eat with their fingers and love it.


This!  My kids, even the teenagers, still love it when we have this for dinner.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

eBay jacket may hold clue to murdered girl's identity

A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.

New mum forced back to work early due to paid parental leave 'technicality'

Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

The conception dilemma facing many parents today

Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.

The wedding photo the bridesmaid would rather forget

We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.

Pregnant TV meteorologist takes on haters

Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".

Honest words from first-time mums

I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.

Adorable baby experiences rain for the first time, couldn't be happier

Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.

What it's really like to start a family in your fifties

Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.

'Biggest hypocrite ever': Josh Duggar admits to Ashley Madison account

An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.

Long recovery ahead for girl hit by car weeks after baby brother's death

A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.

How to react when a toddler lies

Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

Kelly Clarkson announces live on stage: 'I'm pregnant!'

Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.

Hack

How to search the leaked Ashley Madison data

At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.

Mum dances her way through labour

There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.

'Rest in peace, my little lion': premmie baby Jacob passes away

Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.

Mum killed three young sons 'to help her daughter', prosecutor says

Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study

When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The worst 20 minutes of my life

Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.

Top baby names for England and Wales in 2014

George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.

Baseball or baby? Dad's tough choice

What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.

Childbirth choices: five star or free?

It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.

'Where did your boobies go, Mummy?' and other soul-destroying comments from kids

Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

Do you read me, baby?

Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?

Minimising sibling rivalry when you've got a baby

Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.

Will studying on maternity leave take you away from your most important job?

I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

Preschooler hit by car shortly after baby brother's death

A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.

Gay couple and Thai surrogate in custody tug-of-war

A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.

Couple denied IVF over parenting concerns

A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.

The book that promises to put your children to sleep

Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.

5 things every parent who feels guilty needs to know

Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.

Royals criticise 'dangerous' attempts to photograph Prince George

The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.

'No jab, no play' rule to cover Victorian kindergartens and childcare centres

"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.

15,000 birthing kits on their way to developing countries

Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.

Photo of premmie 'too graphic', fundraising site says

When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.

The latest Bugaboo collections: cool chevron and runner prams

Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.

Making room for two in the bed

Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.

 

FREE TICKET

See Hi-5 LIVE in Sydney!

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.