As part of the food-filled London Restaurant Festival 2013, Junior joined the great and the good (and the glam) of the parenting world in a celebratory lunch at HIX Soho. The Bugaboo Bee in the City campaign (an online sharing community for fans of the Bugaboo Bee pushchair) sponsored the lunch, which was a riot of sounds, smells and flavours. Not least, sounds - mainly due to the fact that many of our fellow diners were under the age of five who had themselves a fabulously fiendish time.
The lunch, hosted by eponymous restaurateur Mark Hix himself, was a special kids' menu prepared for this year's festival. Tickling our tastebuds, adults and children alike, were foodie treats such as, whipped vegetable dips, meatballs with fregola, real fishfingers atop smashed minted peas and hedgerow jelly and ice cream to finish.
Lucky kids under the age of ten can eat free from the HIX kid's menu (available at all HIX restaurants), when accompanied by a dining adult during the following times: 4pm - 6pm Monday to Friday and 12pm - 6pm on Saturday. Although we would be tempted to order from the children's menu ourselves - you must try the fishfingers and the meatballs!
The London Restaurant Festival...
This tasty event is a city-wide celebration of London’s restaurants and chefs and runs this year until 21 October 2013 with over 400 participating restaurants. Tickets and reservations can be bought or made via Livingsocial.com, TicketMaster.co.uk and LiveBookings.co.uk, or visit londonrestaurantfestival.com for more information.
Here is a summary straight from the London Restaurant Festival, of other restuarants that are offering great children’s menus. It has certainly made us feel hungry!
In Indian families, all food is shared and children are encouraged to eat the same as the grown-ups. Dishoom, the Bombay cafes in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, has a menu created for children of smaller and milder one-plate versions of some of the dishes from their all-day sharing menu, each accompanied with sides and a fruit juice for £7.50. The menu includes Murgh Malai (tender grilled chicken thigh), Paneer Tikka, and Mahi Tikka, a sustainable white fish fillet in a yoghurt marinade.
Neighbourhood restaurant Almeida offers smaller portions of dishes from their a la carte menu to children, with a three course meal never costing more than £15. The classic French restaurant is located in the heart of Islington and is a family favourite, with an open-plan kitchen to keep the kids entertained as well.
Massimo Part of the cicchetti trails - LRF has added CICCHETTI TRAILS in partnership with Peroni Nastro Azzurro , that take place over the weekends of the festival. This allows festival-goers to experience the best Italian food in the capital. Offers a great children’s menu, not dissimilar to adults menu with lovely food and flavours included.
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