Here at Mama we are great believers in taking our little ones out to dinner with us. It’s lovely to have a family trip to a restaurant. It teaches children how to behave at the table and enjoy the fun of trying new dishes. Here are some great London restaurants that are encouraging little diners to join their mums and dads.
Mini Gordon Ramsay
Super chef and dad of four, Gordon Ramsay has announced that he is launching new kids’ menus throughout the Gordon Ramsay restaurant collection. Designed by his daughter, the young chef, Tilly Ramsay, the kids’ menus have been inspired by recipes from Tilly’s latest project, a cookbook titled Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover.
Recognising that kids’ menus in restaurants are often overlooked in the culinary sphere, Tilly has designed recipes that ensure both parents and children have enticing menu options. Dishes including Slam Dunk Meatballs, Pop Power Chocolate Brownies, and Ice Cream Sandwiches will appear on kids’ menus across London restaurants, including Bread Street Kitchen, Heddon Street Kitchen, London House, Maze Grill Mayfair, Maze Grill Park Walk, Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, The Narrow, Union Street Café, York & Albany and Plane Food.
Along side the menus, Gordon has also introduced a bit of fun for little would-be chefs with a ‘pick your own pizza’ master class at his Bread Street Kitchen. Children can learn about fresh British produce, hand selecting ingredients directly from the urban garden. Adults can sit back and relax as they enjoy a champagne brunch as the kids get to grips with cooking. Once they’ve created a pizza of their choice, they’ll then be able to join at the table for doughy delights and a delicious dessert. The next masterclass takes place on 26th August.
Indeed Gordon’s restaurants are a great place to take your brood as they continue to support his ethos of increasing the accessibility of good food to young children with their ‘Kids Eat Free’ policy. Available at many of the restaurants, kids under 12 dine for free any day of the week.
Find out more about this opportunity at www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/whats-on/kids-eat-free/
Pint Size Pizza and Pasta
Following the success of its launch earlier this year, Jason Atherton and Paul Hood, co-founders of New York-Italian restaurant Hai Cenato, have expanded their menu to suit their younger customers. The new family-friendly brunch will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm in the restaurant, as well as their outside terrace.
During brunch, as well as on a Sunday evening, kids aged 12 and under can enjoy a mini Margherita sourdough pizza or pasta Bolognese, plus a cone of gelato all on the house when they are dining with their parents.
Jason Atherton commented: “It’s really important to me to make my restaurants as family-friendly as possible – keep the kids happy and it means parents can have a great time and relax a bit too. Hai Cenato is our most informal restaurant yet, and the perfect place for a family outing – my two girls love going there with myself and Irha at the weekend.”
For reservations call 020-3816-9320 or book via the website www.haicenato.co.uk
Sushi Sous Chef
YO!, the Japanese street food and sushi restaurant has launched a ‘Mini Ninja Sushi School’ with a programme of classes.
Budding chefs will be taken through three recipes during the hour-long class: Cucumber Maki, Salmon Nigiri and California rolls (vegetarian options also available). A YO! chef will be on hand to help children make their sushi, master the art of using chopsticks and provide them with a range of Japanese ingredients to tantalise their taste buds.
At the end of each class students will receive a certificate, chef’s hat and crayons in a very special YO! bag. All the dishes made on the day can also be packaged up to take away, along with recipe cards of each dish, so parents can sample their children’s new-found sushi skills at home.
Classes will be available in 50 sites across the UK, hosted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11am from 1st – 30th August and cost £15 per child.
For more info visit yosushi-minininjasushischool.designmynight.com
Afternoon Tea for Tinies
If you fancy treating your children to a really special outing in the Capital that you will love too, then head to The Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane who serving the perfect afternoon tea for younger guests during August.
Alongside delicious finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, The Dorchester’s Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea comes with three different homemade ice cream flavours: black berry mojito sorbet, clotted cream and cherry, honeycomb and strawberry basil sorbet, all served in home-made cones – what child could resist?
And while the little ones enjoy their ice cream, parents can enjoy a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Champagne or Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne as they take in the gorgeous surroundings of this iconic Park Lane favourite.
Priced at £65 per adult and £35 per child, the Ice Cream Champagne Afternoon Tea will be served in The Promenade at The Dorchester, from 1-31 August, 2017.
For more information visit dorchestercollection.com.