|Top 10 Kiddie-Friendly Restaurants
in Manila www.spot.ph
When dining out with kids, it takes more
than just dessert to keep hyper and hungry children happy. Impatient servers
and limited child-enticing dishes on the menu just won't do while a fun
ambience, friendly servers, a kid-approved menu, the occasional freebie
plus menu options for the adults all come into play when deciding on the
next family meal destination. Check out these Mom-, Dad- and kid-approved
spots for the next kiddie day-out:
1. T.G.I. Friday's www.fridays.com.ph
here to see a listing of T.G.I. Friday's branches.
Kid-approved meals: Kids Fingers
(P180); Burger (P205); Pizza (Pepperoni at P195); Quesadilla (P235); Spaghetti
(P195); Alfredo (P225); Baby Back Ribs (P325); Steak (P335); Shrimp Popcorn
(P265); Hotdog Sandwich (P145); Uncle Sam Fried Chicken (P235)
Thumbs-up for: Known for huge American-sized
servings, the big burgers, fries and monster desserts at T.G.I. Friday's
never fails to make kids happy. The laid-back and fun vibe also provides
a casual backdrop for family meals. Curio and memorabilia are displayed
around the dining area and provides visual distraction for the kids while
the eager servers, often wearing colorful headpieces, know how to entertain
fussy youngsters with drawing sheets and crayons. Birthdays also never
go unnoticed at T.G. I. Friday's where the servers automatically perform
a number and bring out a free cake at the slightest hint of a celebration.
Aside from the free balloon that kids get
to take home, T.G. I. Friday's also has the occasional "Kids Eat for Free"
promo at select branches.
2. California Pizza Kitchen
Address: 2nd Level, Shangri-la
Plaza Mall (687-7841); Ground Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center (893-9898);
3rd Level M3 TriNoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City (901-3881);
Ground Level, Greenhills Promenade, San Juan (725-7377); Corte de las Palmas,
Alabang Town Center (850-5771); 2/F Archaeology Wing, Powerplant Mall,
Rockwell (895-3447, 895-5250); 2nd Level Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center (401-7160)
Kid-approved meals: Pizzas (start
at P135); Curly Mac n' Cheese (P375); Crispy Chicken (P240); CPKids meal
for 10 years old and below includes your choice of pizza, pasta or chicken
with Minute Maid, Gatorade, milk, chocolate milk or soda (with free refills
on the soda); The CPKids Meal is also served with fresh fruits, brownies
and M&M's sundae.
Thumbs-up for: CPK knows how to keep kids
happy - from the activity sheets while waiting for their meals to serving
food that they actually like such as pizza and Mac n' Cheese. The CPKids
Meal also serves the drinks in tumblers, which the kids can tote home if
they don't finish the drink.
Children can also join CPKids, which allows
them access to weekend activities such as summer art workshops, Easter
festivities and receive a gift on their birthday.
3. Cibo Bimbi
Address: 3rd Floor Power Plant
Mall, Rockwell, Makati City (897-1177)
Kid-approved meals: Kid-sized pasta
dishes (starts at P88); pizza by design with your choice of toppings; All
of Cibo's pasta dishes may also be ordered in bimbi kid-sized portions.
Thumbs-up for: The kid-friendly
version of the local Italian food chain Cibo, Cibo Bimbi has become a magnet
for families with hungry kids. Complimentary potato chips and mayo dip
are served while waiting for fun-sized comfort food favorites: pasta, pizzas
and paninis. Crayons and drawing paper are also given out to kids to keep
them busy or they can saunter over to the nearby Kidz Station and the Lego
Build City, which are just a few yards away.
Membership to Club Bimbi also entitles
the children to freebies and membership begins when the kids complete fun
steps like making your own pizza or by dropping off books to share with
Books for the Better. Perks include a free food item from Cibo Bimbi upon
presenting their Club Bimbi card and they get special tokens whenever they
dine at any Cibo store. Members also get a special gift on their second
visit within the same month with a minimum purchase of P500.
here to see a listing of Italianni's branches.
Kid-approved meals: create your
own pizza (P195); Kiddie Mac n' Cheese (P195); Chicken popcorn (P225);
Kiddie Pasta and Chicken Popcorn (P220)
A perfect spot for kids who like getting their way when it comes to food,
young ones can choose the pizza toppings before it goes into the oven.
The Bonifacio High Street branch also offers a "Kids eat for free" promo
on weekends, where children 10 years old and below may get one dish from
the kids menu for free (a maximum of three kids per table).
Address: 199 Tomas Morato Ave.
cor. Scout Fernandez, Quezon City (372-5007, 375-5017); 26 Missouri St.
corner Nevada St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan (727-2959)
1st Level Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas
cor. Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (729-3022, 729-2862)
Kid-approved meals: Little Chicken
Crispers and Spaghetti (P195); Little Chicken Crispers and Fries (P150);
Little Mouth Burger & Fries (P180); Corn Doggy Dogg and Fries (P120);
Kids shake (P95) and I-Scream Float (P80)
Thumbs-up for: The vibe at Chili's
is easy-going and casual, perfect for families with young kids in tow.
Spicy food need not be a problem at Chili's, the items on the kiddie menu
are not as spicy as the other dishes with favorites such as spaghetti,
corn dogs and chicken crispers. Desserts are also total eye-candy and the
huge servings may be shared with the whole family.
here to see a listing of Burgoo branches.
Kid-approved meals: Spaghetti (P95);
Chicken tender fries (P125) and the Mini Humbergoo (P125)
Thumbs-up for: Burgoo obviously
caters to children - with the bright and friendly vibe, the usual crayons
and drawing paper handed out to keep boredom at bay and familiar food that
kids can easily order off the main menu. The generous plates at Burgoo
make it an ideal family spot and kids can even share Mom and Dad's favorite
dishes. But the kiddie menu, served in smaller proportions,
are also big favorites: chicken tender fries and Burgoo's Mini Humbergoo
Kids can also fill out a form to join the
Burgoo Kiddie Club and membership entitles them to one free meal from the
kiddie menu when they order atleast one main entree on the next visit.
here to see a list of Amici branches.
Kid-approved meals: Pizzas (Ham
& Cheese at P140, cheese at P140 and all meat pizza at P160); Pasta
(Mac & Cheese at P130 and Spaghetti with Meatballs at P140)
Thumbs-up for: What Amici lacks
in grand restaurant trappings makes up for in the affordable pizzas and
pasta dishes that kids like. Served fast-food style in a casual, unpretentious
setting, the large-sized pizzas are big enough to share and the kids menu
includes Mac & Cheese and Spaghetti and Meatballs.
The Tomas Morato and Greenhills branches
also house Cara Mia Gelateria where the kids can choose their own desserts
from their selection of cakes, pastries and gelato.
8. Pancake House www.pancakehouse.com.ph
here to see a list of Pancake House branches.
Kid-approved meals: Children's Classic
spaghetti at P90; Small Soldiers (plain pancakes at P85, pancakes with
fruits with your choice of blueberry or mangoes at P89, and with chocolate-coated
candies at P98); Pan Chicken (2 pieces at P152, 3 pieces at P189)
Thumbs-up for: The unfussy interiors
and straightforward comfort food makes Pancake House a favorite family
pit stop and one can never go wrong with pancakes which may be ordered
as a meal or dessert for the kids. But there's more than just fluffy pancakes
for the kids (and the adults) at this joint. The kids menu extends to chicken
meals, the classic spaghetti, and smaller-sized pancakes served with fruits.
9. Clawdaddy's www.redcrabonline.com
Address: 6th Level Shangri-la Mall
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City (636-5679); B6 Fort Bonifacio High
Street, Taguig (856-4785)
Kid-approved meals: Clawdaddy's
Chicken Fingers (P234); Pizza and Chicken P295; Barbeque and Spaghetti
Thumbs-up for: Kids get their own
menu selection at Clawdaddy's: Clawdaddy's Chicken Fingers, Pizza and Chicken
and the Barbeque and Spaghetti. The Clawdaddy s Chicken Fingers, a big
child-pleaser, is served in a paper car that makes eating more fun. Dessert
choices also include yummy treats such as the Peanut Butter and Choco Temptation
and the Mississippi Mud Cake.
10. Pepper Lunch www.pepperlunch.com.ph
Address: 2F Greenbelt 5, Makati
City (482-4319); Garden Court Level (Lower Basement), Shangri-la Edsa Mall,
Shaw Boulevard corner EDSA Mandaluyong City; 2nd Floor, Corte de Las Palmas,
Alabang Town Center Muntinlupa (556-8498); Concourse Level, Powerplant
Mall, Rockwell Makati City (895-6185)
Kid-approved meals: Beef Pepper
Rice (P198); Chicken Pepper Rice (P198)
Thumbs-up for: Kids just love being
able to "cook" their own food, and at Pepper Lunch, they can do just that.
Simple and fun, they can cook their own meals by mixing it all up in the
iron plate it is served in, adding Pepper Lunch's special sauces and slathering
on the signature brown pepper butter on the meat. Big favorites include
the Beef Pepper Rice and Chicken Pepper Rice, with dessert choices such
as the Molten Milk Chocolate Cake and soft ice cream.