Mealtimes with children can be a trial even for the most patient parent. That makes any place that offers distractions to keep little ones occupied as you ply them with grub a veritable godsend. And if the food that’s served tastes like manna? Even better! That’s why we love these places in Sydney, where no one in the family will leave unsatiated in any way.
This one’s for the kids (but they do have to be accompanied by an adult). Sir Stamford at Circular Quay Hotel has a new Kids’ High Tea (for 5-12 year olds) and this is available daily from 1 to 5pm. The menu is delectable: start with a fresh scone with jam and cream, go on to ham and cheese, egg and chive, and poached chicken sandwiches, then finish up with a chocolate and coconut crackle, strawberry fairy cupcake, and finally, a banana and berry split. Yummy!
The massive sails of the Sydney Opera House hover over you like a mother hen guarding her chicks as you feast upon the city’s finest selections in this casual eatery, which hosts some of Australia’s most innovative and celebrated food producers, chefs and sushi artists. The spectacular view will keep little ones occupied. If not, watching vessels make their way across the harbour should do it.
Book yourself a table at this Cockle Bay Wharf establishment and let one of its amazing seafood platters make your day. Knowledgeable wait-staff can recommend the right tipple to accompany your meal. Kids have their own menu, and frisky ones can work off their energy by running up and down the picturesque waterfront (as mine did) before settling down to feast in peace.
We call it “dim sum”, they call it “yum cha”, but we all know that good food tastes just as great by any name. Sky Phoenix at the new Sydney Westfield mall is the place to go to when everyone’s hungry for familiar (read: Chinese) food. It’s served trolley-style so the kids can have a look-see and point to their heart’s content. Adults will appreciate the contemporary, upmarket décor.
Its location is unbeatable, right on the Rocks, with views of both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. There’s a kids’ menu and lots of space outside for the littlies to vent excess energy while waiting for their meal to arrive. Adults, just sit back, relax, enjoy the unparalleled view, and get ready to stuff yourself silly. Wine, Australian of course, is absolutely necessary.
Fancy a gourmet crocodile burger or a serving of kangaroo loin? This Cockle Bay Wharf (at Darling Harbour) restaurant has it all, as well as the usual fare, from seafood to burgers, salads and pizzas. It also caters for children, with staples such as spaghetti bolognaise and chicken & chips on their Babybirds kids’ menu, and games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders.
This 24-hour (only at The Rocks outlet, other locations open till late) pancake haven serves the widest variety of fluffy pancakes in town. The kids’ menu is fun and filling, offering everything from Caterpillar and Funny Face pancakes to a Mad Hatters Cheeseburger.
It’s the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and the world’s second largest seafood market outside of Japan. So naturally, any seafood you eat from any of the restaurants here will be the freshest in the area.