Just because you have children doesn’t mean you have to leave them at home with a babysitter when you're in the mood for fine dining.
WORDS Rebecca Lawson and Madison Westall
Any parent who has ever tried to take their child to a restaurant knows how uninspiring kids’ meals can be. Nuggets, check. Spag bol, check. Fish fingers, check. Margherita pizza, check. It’s no wonder all the kids want to eat is chips. We’ve sourced some of the best in the eating business who haven’t forgotten that the smalls have tastebuds too!
The Ritz, London
The Ritz collection of hotels worldwide have great kids’ facilities and their regal London property is no different. The dining experience caters to all mini tastebuds with their two- or three-course menu. The littlies will feel very grown up when ordering their entrées and they can choose from such delicacies as chilled melon with raspberry and grenadine, or a prawn cocktail served with pineapple. The mains won’t disappoint either with a luxe spin on old favourites such as burgers, pizza and pasta. But at the Ritz, it’s all about the dessert. Ice-cream sundaes, knickerbocker glory, banana splits, crème brûlée – those Brits sure know how to knock up the all-important third course!
Restaurant Guy Savoy, Paris
One chef who is definitely passionate about the dining experience of his younger guests is the triple-Michelin-starred Guy Savoy. In fact, he is so dedicated to developing tiny palates that he has created children’s menus called ‘Découverte des Saveurs’ or ‘Discovering Flavours’. His aim is to encourage kids to try new dishes without scaring them off with heavy flavours. ‘Découverte des Saveurs’ started in Savoy’s Paris restaurant but is now available throughout his other five properties. Examples of what the kids can look forward to tasting are artichoke and truffle soup or pigeon and John Dory with sea urchins. Yum!
Landmarc, New York
Even the pickiest eater is sure to find something to suit their tastes from one of the 18 dishes on the Landmarc kids’ menu. Although they play it safe with some of the usual kids' meals, such as tomato and mozzarella pizza, chicken fingers and grilled cheese, chef Marc Murphy does push the boundaries a little by offering green eggs and ham (served with spinach and basil pesto) and whole-wheat quesadillas. One thing you can be sure of, whether your little ones pick the peanut butter sandwich or the pigs in blankets, their meal will be nutritionally sound. Landmarc is rightfully proud that their menus are created in accordance with the United States’ dietary guidelines, available on the MyPlate website. Oh, and it’s not all about kids' choices – there is also a 300 bottle wine list that should keep Mum and Dad occupied.
Lung King Heen, Hong Kong
If you like a good meal, the Four Seasons is the place to visit next time you’re in Hong Kong with the family – it is the only hotel in the world to boast two three-star Michelin restaurants. Lung King Heen is well-suited to families and even if you aren’t staying at the hotel, make time to savour the delicious dishes on their menu. The name means ‘View of the Dragon’, and the view certainly won’t disappoint you or the kids, but that’s not what you’ve come for. The kids can choose from a menu with some real taste sensations and it will be worth their while to be a little adventurous: braised bird’s nest soup with minced chicken, braised tofu with minced beef and fresh crab meat, or congee with fillet of garoupa and egg are all on the children’s menu – and what kid doesn’t want to taste eel in Hong Kong?
The Berkeley and the Connaught Hotels, London
Need to tickle the tastebuds of the fussiest tongues? These two delicious properties have you covered in the English capital.
For decadent twists on classic cuisine, The Berkeley’s Caramel Room serves up everything from crumpets to cutlets. If you're tired of the tried and true, sample Marcus Wareing’s double-Michelin-starred cuisine, and for the perfect finishing touch, you can’t go past Koffmann’s for a classic dessert.
Over in Mayfair, the three-Michelin-starred Hélène Darroze’s at The Connaught offers the perfect break in your luxe weekend shopping spree with a delectable take on the American Saturday Brunch. If it’s weekday shopping you’re undertaking, try the traditional afternoon tea at Espelette.