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Food & Drink

Dine at Dubai's best kid-friendly restaurants

Sun, August 8, 2021

Here are some top choices that even the fussiest of eaters will find hard to refuse.

Here are some top choices that even the fussiest of eaters will find hard to refuse.

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Brunch at Bread Street Kitchen

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The best of British is on the menu as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay showcases old-school favourites in his Dubai restaurant. But it's the lively Friday brunch that will spark the kids' appetites, with generous portions of treats like cheeseburgers and macaroni followed by activities to keep curious minds busy – from playdough making to cookie decorating and face painting. At times, there's a makeshift playground onsite to take advantage of. If it all doesn't sound like a good enough break from parent duty, children also get free tickets to The Lost Chambers aquarium nearby.
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Italian favourites at Carluccio’s

Kids and pizza always go well together, so when you’re in The Dubai Mall, try Carluccio’s – an authentic Italian restaurant that serves regional specialities. From risotto to pasta, salads, grilled meat and fish, parents will love the fresh ingredients, while children will appreciate the free crayons. It is situated along the water, offering fantastic views of The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa. Take a taste of Italy home too.

3

A space for young foodies at More Cafe

Inspired by the cafes of Europe, More Cafe is the place to go to if you looking for sustainable and local fare. Whether you're in the mood for soup and sandwiches, a delicious curry, or traditional Dutch pancakes, feast on an extensive menu featuring more than 100 dishes from 16 countries. Thanks to a kitchen that can satisfy every palate and spacious dining areas, you will definitely have an enjoyable time with the family here.
4

Join the friendly fray at Social House

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Social House has a menu of international flavours that is guaranteed to please even the fussiest diners. If you are craving some Asian cuisine, the Eastern menu is sure to satisfy your taste with dishes from Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and Japan. Meanwhile, the restaurant's Western menu includes Greek salads, an array of pizzas and pastas, wagyu beef burgers and English-style fish and chips. With an al fresco terrace overlooking the dancing waters of The Dubai Fountain – and the family-friendly attractions inside The Dubai Mall – children will feel at home at Social House.

5

Stay fascinated at The Talk Restaurant

This family-friendly establishment at the Movenpick Jumeirah Beach Residences is more than just a place to eat. Designed as an open kitchen, you can watch as the chefs show off their culinary mastery. The Talk offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a Kids' Power Bites menu, giving even the most fidgety children plenty to satisfy their curiosity. With full buffets and themed dinners, your family can enjoy a different experience every time you visit. Dine inside in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy Dubai's warm winter weather from the outdoor terrace.

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It's always party time at The Lime Tree Cafe & Kitchen

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Opening its first store in Jumeirah in 2001, the homegrown Lime Tree has received high praise from visitors, turning itself into a successful chain with several locations across Dubai. Its Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Quoz branches are favourites among families, with oodles of fun for the little ones. The onsite play area comes furnished with a mini kitchen, toys and easy reads, while the kids' menu can win any hungry tot over with a range of yummy eats, from a 'magic' cereal to toasties, pasta and freshly-squeezed juices. The cafe also has a dedicated kids' party menu that even grown-ups fancy biting into.
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Get a taste of your favourite stories at Oompa Loompa

A newer addition to The Beach's dining list, Oompa Loompa Restaurant is a go-to for both little ones and the literati. Dubai's first eatery themed on children's classics is a portal to many captivating fantasy worlds. The menu doesn't disappoint either, fittingly topped with decadent sugary snacks that Mr. Willy Wonka would approve of and special treats that kids can enjoy in their comfy and oh-so-colourful corners, much like Alice in Wonderland. If you're ready for a proper meal, there's no shortage of savoury delights, from classic breakfast offerings to soups and meaty mains.

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