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The love for food is universal and the trend for eating out is on the rise. Restaurants open every day. Interesting food develops. New concepts come in. We see more and more families going out to dine. For couples without children or people going out to dine with friends and colleagues, the challenge for finding the right place to eat is not as much as with families with kids. When there are kids in the family, one has to keep in mind several points before making a decision. Generally, with smaller children, parents look for places with no loud music, generally cheerful and well-lit place, a child-friendly menu which serves favourites like noodles, cup cakes, pasta, pizzas etc and more or less a fun place to be. Here is a list of top 5 kid friendly places to eat in Kolkata and we are not talking about the five-star coffee shops with a separate child-friendly menu.
Location: Sector 1, Salt Lake
Mrs. Magpie has become synonymous with cupcakes which are appealing to kids. They have multiple outlets in the city, however the one at Salt Lake, just opposite City Centre is spacious, has a separate play area and obviously a menu which is meant for kids. Beautifully frosted cup cakes with a bumble bee or a red mushroom or pretty flowers, freshly made pastas, healthy sandwiches which are tasty as well, scones with jam and clotted cream, hot chocolate, thick milk shakes; you name it and they have it.
Must try dishes - Sweet and Salty cupcakes and Spaghetti Carbonara
Location: Multiple locations
A superbly popular brand in Kolkata, all their outlets are more or less the same ambience, as should be with any global brand. However, the outlet at Acropolis Mall has an added advantage of an open space on the roof top which is safe for kids as well. Cheesy pizzas, Tacos, Crispy Chicken or with some healthy corn on the cob and potato mash is what kids go for. Plus they have a separate menu where kids can tick and chose what they want. They are also given crayons with some puzzles to spend time and finally a balloon in the end.
Must try dishes - Grilled Chicken Burger from the kid's menu and Chicken Crispers with corn on the cob
Location: Mani Square Mall
Even though the place is a bit too dimly lit for my liking, lot of parents chose this place since the ambience is that of a jungle and there are several animal statues, some bobbing their heads all throughout the restaurant space. The menu is typically North Indian hence for kids, it is better to stick to some kebabs, dal and naan. If requested, they do offer to reduce the spice level in the dishes for the consumption of kids.
Must try dishes - Murg Malai tikka and Apple Jalebi with Rabri
Location: Park Circus Area
Natural day light coming through the large windows, wooden tables and chairs, some high stools and over all a very bright and cheerful place, this is a cafe meant for all. They offer some frosted cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, pies and healthy bagels with peanut butter and omelettes. Plus there are several board games which families can sit together and enjoy.
Must try dishes: Cinnamon rolls and West Range Omelette
Location: Sector 1, Salt Lake
Who doesn't love to travel? This is a themed restaurant shaped like an aeroplane in the inside. Right from the moment you step in where you will need a boarding card to enter till such time air hostesses greet you and take you to your seat, it is a wow experience, especially for kids. They simply love it. The food may be vegetarian but has more than enough to please the little ones. Spring rolls, corn dumplings, cheesy garlic bread, fries, cheese fondue, noodles, pastas, pizzas and many more to chose from.
Must try dishes: Cheese Fondue and Double Cheese Risotto
For someone who's run two restaurants, being a baker and cook par excellence comes easily to Madhushree . When she's not eating out, she's organizing her own pop ups or experimenting with regional recipes. Her experiments with food and her recipes are part of Pikturenama , where she's a co founder.