Children’s menu offerings that are slicker than yo’ average nuggets & chips
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Listen, there’s a time and a place for fish fingers and beans or chicken nuggets and chips. They’re comfort food classics that you can get a spike of serotonin from at any age. When they’re as imaginative as a children’s food menu gets, though, it just feels downright lazy.
Just because kids have got tiny tastebuds doesn’t mean their options should be as dull as dishwater. So, here are some of the Liverpool restaurants doing the absolute most for your mini-me, so give the little ankle-biters something more exciting to sink their gnashers into.
Forget the kid in the candy shop, the kid in Cosy Club is the most spoilt one of all. From brunch served ’til 5pm and a main menu from midday, your dinky diner will have plenty to choose from. Think all-day breakfast plates and pancakes to fresh stir fry or creamy mac ’n’ cheese. All dishes come with a drink to slurp it all down with.
Cosy Club, 37c Paradise Street, Liverpool L1 3EU
Remember that scene in Matilda where Miss Trunchbull is scoffing a chocolate, saying “much too good for children!”. Well, this is the opposite of that. The lovely lot at Lu Ban have taken some of their most popular Tianjin plates and adapted them for younger diners to enjoy too. The Little Lu Ban set menu (£12pp) includes popcorn chicken or popcorn tofu, straw fries, noodles, rice and greens and an orange lollipop, plus a soft drink of their choice.
Lu Ban, Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope Street, Liverpool L8 5XJ
Give your little one a taste of Catalonia with a feast from Lunya’s kids’ meal deal menu. Choose from an array of sophisticated tapas-style small plates, including battered squid, pan-fried chorizo, Catalan rarebit, chickpea stew and a children’s deli platter of cured meats, cheeses, dips and nibbles. Supplementary sweet treats include chocolate churros, Crema Catalana and a selection of ice cream scoops. Top it off with a glass of chocolate milk, horchata or organic fruit juice.
Lunya, 55 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DN
The Younger Guests Menu at Miller & Carter is designed to make the authentic steakhouse experience more accessible. With a choice of two courses or three, your young diners can take their pick based on the size of their appetite. This is grown-up grub for fledgling foodies. Starters include crispy calamari and hand-cut nachos; mains include a 30-Day aged 4.5oz rump steak, salmon nourish bowl and grilled chicken breast. If they don’t finish their dessert, we’re sure you’ll have no qualms about clearing the plate.
Miller & Carter, Atlantic Pavilion Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF
Welcome to the Moose Coffee kids’ menu where everything is miniature. Mini smashed avo, mini porridge with honey, mini pancake stacks, mini bagels, mini Benedicts - mega cute. They’ve even shrunk down some of the most salivated-over Moose dishes to make them suitable for tiny tummies, including the Mini Mighty (back bacon, chipolata sausage, fried egg and a slice of toast).
Moose Coffee, 6 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 4TQ / Federation House, 88 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BW / William Jessop Way, Liverpool L3 1DZ
When you’re looking for somewhere to feed your little monkey, the Mini Mowgli menu is the place to be if you’ve got a fledging Indian street food fan on your hands. Mains include Mother Butter Chicken with rice, house paneer, Temple Dahl and Gunpowder Chicken with fries. Cool them down with a mango lassi, a homemade ice cream cone or a signature Fancy Fizztail.
Mowgli, 3 Water Street, Liverpool L2 0RD / 69 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4EZ
Down at the Docks and sniffing out dinner for you and your whippersnapper? Check out Smuggler’s Cove where you can get any children’s meal for £6.95, including a main course and dessert. Dishes include tomato gnocchi, curly Cumberland sausage with mash and seaside jelly with sandcastle ice cream. Kid-sized roasts available on Sundays too.
Smuggler's Cove, Britannia Pavillion Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
Fancy yourself a trip to the Bay? Take your little turtle along with you to give them a taste of the Caribbean by way of Liverpool. All meals are served with a free soft drink; brunch is available until 3pm while the Little Turtles mains are served all day long. Dishes include barbecue marinated chicken fillet and the Mini Kingston Grill Down with jerk sausage and grilled roti.
Turtle Bay 59-61 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY / Produce Exchange, 6A Victoria Street, Liverpool L2 6QE
Your littleun can join the Viva Brazil fun with a main and dessert for £9.95. Mains include chicken & waffle, gourmet sausage & mash, fresh meatball noodles and make-your-own pizza. Puddings include chocolate brownie, fruit jelly and ice cream. If they fancy the full rodizio experience, kids can get four meat cuts with unlimited sides and a dessert for £9.95. Get a free kids rodizio for every child under 10 with every paying adult.
Viva Brazil, 36 Castle Street, Liverpool L2 0NR
Okay, this is serving chicken nuggets and chips energy, literally - but this is nugz ’n’ fries like never before so all can be forgiven. The Yard & Coop kids menu offers dinky diners a choice of boneless fried chicken pieces or fried seitan pieces with a side of chips, mac ’n’ cheese, cheesy mash or salad. Room for more? Treat them to the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, complete with buttermilk chicken, cheesy mash, peas, Yorkshire pud and chicken gravy. Get a main and a dessert for £5 and upgrade to a glass of flavoured milk for an extra quid.
Yard & Coop, 45 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DN
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