I mentioned a trip to Milton Keynes, but wanted to share my thoughts (read, incredulity!) at the children’s menu where we stopped for food.
I decided that Jamie’s Italian might be nice to try as I’d eaten at one before and enjoyed the food, so fancied trying it again. N’s pretty easy to feed as he’ll eat anything although the hardest bit is working out whether buying a children’s meal is worth it when they cater for up to 12 years old-ish, or if it’s better to share my meal (mmm, would rather have it all to myself, especially as N can eat quite a lot of it).
Their customer service was great – one allocated waitress, they explained all the specials, gave N some crayons (which he proceeded to try and break, then eat, then tip over the floor), provided a Stokke high chair which was the perfect height for the tables, and offered children’s cutlery. Plus the kids menu was fun – you got to look through a viewmaster to see what was available.
I decided the best thing for N would be the fish fingers (although why there was no pasta on the kids menu I have no idea!), but it came with salad. Salad?! For a child. How many kids eat salad? And it was leafy salad, not chunks of cucumber, tomato, avocado. Well, N won’t eat lettucy stuff, it just gets stuck to the roof of his mouth and he struggles with it, so I asked if we could swap it for some kind of veg.
The waitress went off to check…err, just peas would have been fine, please tell me a restaurant stocks some simple type of veg.
Everything here’s salad, rather than veg, but the chef can do you some swiss chard.
Hmm, ok. Well, it was lovely, but N’s not really a fan of cabbage veg either. Something about the leaves and stalks makes it hard for him to eat. So that was fish fingers (2 out of the 3 provided), and some of my ravioli. Not particularly healthy lunch for him.
I just can’t believe that a good restaurant which supposedly is very child friendly provides salad as the ‘veg’ portion on all children’s dishes on the menu. Even McDonalds can provide veg sticks. Will have to do better research when deciding where to take him in future, until he starts eating lettuce anyway.
Anyone got any tips for restaurants which offer appropriate sized toddler meals with normal food, and normal vegetable options.