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Family-Friendly Restaurants for an Outdoor Dine-In Experience

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As we come out of yet another cycle of lockdown, we are sure many are still wary of dining in. Safety definitely takes precedence over leisure! While we recognise that it’s still prudent to stay at home, there will be a time when some families might want to consider revisiting a restaurant.

Here are some al fresco restaurants that we have handpicked for your consideration when you feel ready to brave the outside world.

To minimise the risk of eating out, do ensure you and your family follow basic safety rules:

  • Make reservations and dine at quieter times. As restaurants are only allowed to accommodate at 50% of their usual capacity, do be on time to allow for a more manageable service.
  • Ensure the restaurant provides enough space between tables to practice social distancing.
  • Observe proper mask etiquette – put your mask back on when not eating or when visiting the toilets.
  • Be respectful. These are challenging times, so let’s remember always to be kind to one another.

Editor’s note: All details are correct at the time of publication. However, we would recommend calling ahead of your visit to confirm the SOPs in place.

1. Jibby by the Park 

Photo credit: Jibby by the Park

Refill those little tummies here after playtime at this pet-friendly neighbourhood park. Located at Waterfront Desa Park City, this restaurant boasts a spacious al fresco dining area, facing bountiful botanics amidst high ceilings and vintage glass panes. 

Cuisine: Western, Asian

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: FF-18 & FF-19, First Floor, The Waterfront@ParkCity, No 5, Persiaran Residen, Desa ParkCity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 6263 1303 / 010 201 7428

Opening Hours: Mon to Thurs 9:00am – 9:00pm, Fri to Sun 10:00am – 9:00pm

Website: https://seraigroup.com.my/jibby-by-the-park/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jibbygroup/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jibbygroup/

SOPs:

  • Table seating: Tables allowed to be joined together, subject to 1 metre distance to the next guest
  • Max. occupancy: 55 pax
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%  

2. Yellow Brick Road

Photo Credit: Yellow Brick Road Instagram

Treat your kids to pancakes as one of their first dine-in experience post lockdown! If you’re worried about this popular restaurant in Plaza Batai getting too packed, don’t worry – they have  clear SOPs in place, with time limits implemented if it gets too crowded.

Cuisine: Western, Asian

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: 8-7, Jalan Batai, 50490 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 2856 0903

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 9:00am – 10:00pm. Kitchen closes between 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Website: https://yellowbrickroad.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yellowNbrickroadcafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yellowbrickroadcafe/

SOPs

  • Table seating: 4 pax per table, tables are not allowed to be joined together
  • Max. occupancy: 20-30 pax

3. Ra-Ft Cafe / Bistro (Non-Halal)

Photo credit: Ra-Ft Instagram

Expect great service, coupled with delicious food. Strict SOPS are adhered to, and table seating is well spaced out, even in the outdoor area. The indoor play space is closed at the moment, but kids are able to roam free at the Arcoris Plaza where Ra-Ft is located. Bring your bubble wands and scooters for some after meal fun. 

Cuisine: Italian, Asian

Kids Menu: Available

Address: Lot G16 & G17, Ground Level, Arcoris Plaza, 10 Jalan Kiara, 50480, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 6412 2127

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 8:00am – 5:00Ppm, Sat to Sun 9:00am – 6:00pm

Website: https://www.ra-ft.com/welcome

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raftcafeKL/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raftcafekl/

SOPs

  • Table seating: Tables are allowed to be joined together for larger groups, subject to 1 meter distance to the next guest 
  • Max. occupancy : 36 pax 
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

4. Cork & Cleaver

Photo credit: Cork and Cleaver Instagram

Cork & Cleaver is situated within the green oasis of the revamped The Stories at Bukit Tunku. Get your steak fix here, while your kids roam around the well-maintained garden. Do remember to bring some mozzie repellant, especially if you plan to hang around the pathway at the bottom of the garden hill.

Cuisine: Western (This restaurant also has a butchery)

Kids Menu: Available 

Address: Lot A-2, Taman Tunku, Off Jalan Langgak Tunku, Bukit Tunku, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 012 367 4947

Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/corkncleavermy/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/corkncleavermy/

SOPs

  • Table seating: 2 pax per table. Tables are not allowed to be joined together
  • Max. occupancy: 40 pax 
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

5. The Farm Foodcraft

Photo credit: Farm Foodcraft website

Nourish your family with the freshest ingredients that get to the kitchen the same day they are harvested from the restaurant’s own urban farm! This farm to table restaurant has high glass walls, a comfortable al fresco dining patio, and greenery all around. Parents can feel assured they are dining both safely and healthily, while also supporting sustainable food production and farming.  

Cuisine: Western, Asian

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: Unit G-1 & G-2, Level Ground, The Sphere, No.1, Avenue 1 Bangsar South City, No.8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 2242 0964 / 014 993 3880

Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 11:00am – 9:00pm

Website: https://thefarmfoodcraft.co/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefarm.soiltosoul

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefarm.soiltosoul/ 

SOPs

  • Table seating: 2 pax per table. Tables are not allowed to be joined together
  • Max. occupancy: 30 pax

6. The Midnight Baker

Photo credit: The Midnight Baker website

A homey café hidden away below the Seni Mont Kiara condominium. This cafe’s main seating area is mostly outdoors, so you are guaranteed a large open space with good ventilation. Relax and dine as your children wander around safely within sight. We can’t wait to let our kids play in their indoor treehouse when it reopens!

Cuisine: Western (There is also a bakery selling artisanal bread and pastries)

Kids Meals: Available 

Address: LG 1-3, Seni Mont Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 2382 1901

Opening hours: Mon to Sun 8:00 am – 5.30pm

Website: The Midnight Baker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themidnightbaker8

SOPs

  • Table seating: 2 to 3 pax depending on table size. Tables are allowed to be joined together for larger groups, subject to 1 meter distance to the next guest 
  • Max. occupancy: 12 pax 

7. Crust

Photo credit: Crust Instagram

The sister restaurant of Aman Suria’s Patty & Pie, Crust lives up to its reputation of using quality ingredients in their dishes. This café has a kids’ play area that is currently closed, although your children will probably be too busy devouring their woodfired pizzas to even notice! Crust is generously flooded with natural light, and has a breezy al fresco area overlooking the bustling streets of Mont Kiara.

Cuisine: Western Pizzas and Burgers

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: 1F-17,163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 6419 5708/ 012 223 1009

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 10:00am – 10:00pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/CRUSTKL/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CRUSTKL/,

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crustkl/

SOPs

  • Table seating: Alternate seating arrangement per group. Tables are not allowed to be joined together
  • Max. occupancy: 50 pax 
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

8. Positano Risto

Photo credit: Publika website

A highly reviewed halal Italian restaurant to guarantee your whole family an enjoyable dining experience! Positano is ranked as one of the top restaurants in Kuala Lumpur by Trip Advisor. Enjoy sharing a pizza with the whole family under their shaded large veranda which opens out into Publika’s playground. 

Cuisine: Italian

Kids Menu: Available 

Address: Block C1, Lot 2, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, No. 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 6411 3799/ 010 400 6944

Opening hours: 11:00am – 9.20pm

Website: https://positanoristo.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/positanoristopublika/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/positanoristo/

SOPs

  • Table seating: Tables allowed to be joined for larger groups subject to 1 meter distance to the next guest
  • Max. occupancy: 80-90 pax 
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

9. Breakfast Thieves 

Photo credit: Breakfast Thieves Instagram

The twin sister of the original Breakfast Thieves café in Melbourne right at our doorstep! Staying true to its original industrial-chic aesthetic, this café is located amidst a large 63-year old commercial printing factory in Bangsar. You get your typical hipster Australian café brunch food, plus a large covered space next to it for the whole family to stretch their legs out after a satisfying meal. 

Cuisine: Modern Australian with a touch of Asian influence

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: Lot M, 29-5 Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 03 2201 8829

Opening Hours: Mon Closed, Tues to Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm. Kitchen closes at 3.30pm

Website: http://www.breakfastthieves.com/about-breakfast-thieves-my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakfastthieveskl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/breakfastthieveskl/

SOPs

  • Table Seating: 2 pax per table (only 2 tables available for 4 pax). Tables are not allowed to be joined together
  • Max. occupancy: 50 pax
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

10. Dome

Photo credit: Dome Website

Dine in at this old school favourite and bring on that sense of nostalgia! Feast on wholesome meals (chicken pie anyone?) at this cosy KLCC branch. The restaurant’s outdoor veranda allows for direct access to the park – perfect for restless children to wander around while waiting for their meals.

Cuisine: Western, Asian

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: Lot G-45, Ground Level, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

Phone Number: 012 224 1735

Opening hours: Mon to Thurs 10:00am – 8:00pm, Fri to Sun 10:00am – 9:00pm

Website: https://domecafe.com.my/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DomeCafeMalaysia/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/domecafe.malaysia/

SOPs

Table Seating: 3 pax per table. Tables are not allowed to be joined together

Max. occupancy: 70 pax 

No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

11. Pokok 

Photo credit: Pokok Instagram

This beautiful glass café is situated amongst lush green pokoks- a nice change in environment for many of us who have been locked up within concrete walls! Parents who are extra cautious would be comforted to know that there are stringent SOPs here at Pokok, as children are only allowed to dine in the outdoor garden area.

Cuisine:  Western, Asian

Kids Menu: Not available

Address: MAHSA Avenue, Block B, Jalan Elmu, off, Jalan Universiti, 59100 Kuala Lumpur 

Phone Number: 03 8408 1811

Opening hours: Mon to Sun – 10:00am – 8.00pm

Websitehttps://www.brickhouse.my/cafes 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pokok.kl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pokok.kl/

SOPs

  • Table seating: 2 pax per table. Tables are allowed to be joined for larger groups, subject to 1 meter distance to the next guest. Kids are only allowed to dine outdoors
  • Max. occupancy: 20 inside, 10 outside
  • No. of fully vaccinated staff: 100%

 

The pandemic has affected businesses all over the world, and our local F&B sector is not spared. This has caused the livelihood of many Malaysians to be gravely impacted. Even if you are not ready to dine out, do consider supporting local restaurants by ordering takeaways or tapao/bungkus your meals from your neighbourhood stall. Remember: every bit counts. Stay safe, #makchicmumtribe.

Elaine is a mummy of two who moved from the financial world to become an early childhood educator. She loves travelling, books and her cup of tea to unwind after a long day of diapers, school runs and pretend play.