Child-Friendly Restaurants



A familiar name to most brunch and cafe goers, Antipodean set up its second largest branch at Atria Shopping Centre in May this year. Nestled within the Damansara Jaya neighbourhood and located near a few schools, it’s a convenient breakfast spot for you to grab a bite with your little one in tow.

What’s more, the Atria outlet has a kids’ play section right in the middle of the seating area. With a television, colourful toddler-sized stools and a good variety of toys to play with, your child can stay occupied while you enjoy your meal. Parents are encouraged to sit close to the play area, which is surrounded by a see-through lattice that allows you to keep an eye on your kids.

Antipodean’s extensive range presents many delicious kid-friendly dishes, even though it does not have a kids-only menu. Here are several favourites:

Fluffy babycino (RM5)

 Butterscotch and ice cream waffles (RM20)

Banana pancake with butterscotch (RM16)

Pumpkin sage feta pasta (RM18)

Butter-free chocolate cake – probably a favourite because of the marshmallows on top!

Another feature to note at this branch is that you can view the menu on your phone by snapping the QR code off the wall. With Antipodean’s signature style where its menu is written on a blackboard wall, this allows customers to take their time and have a seat while browsing through the yummy selections available.

Antipodean is located at G37 & GK1, Ground Floor, Atria Shopping Gallery, Jalan SS22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Operating hours are from 9.30am – 10pm daily. Non-halal.

Image Credits: Justine Tan and Antipodean Coffee.


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If you’re always on the lookout for kid friendly eateries, we’ve got one to add to your list. Owned by the same group who brought you Ben’s and Ben’s Independent Grocer, give a big warm welcome to Benbino. Cleverly named, Benbino is a play of words on Ben Yong (director of The Big Group) and ‘bambino’ which is Italian for baby.

Located in KL’s trendiest spot – Publika, Benbino is a good place to grab a cuppa after your weekend grocery shopping trip while your little one grabs a bite to eat. Benbino takes pride in their special menu which offers yummy nutritious meals which comes in easy bite-sized portions, perfect for young children.

Chef’s recommendation? Try the Cauliflower Tater Tots, they taste just like hash browns – perfect for fussy eaters who don’t eat their vegetables. Benbino will be integrating full-sized adult meals into their menu in mid October so you can enjoy a proper hearty meal with your little one.

The dining area outside has elevated table and chairs which overlook the play area, giving you a bird’s eye view and peace of mind. The Benbino team take child safety as top priority and have taken numerous safety precautions to make sure the entire area is toddler friendly. From the custom-built play area, to child-proofed table corners and plastic cups, you are in safe hands.

Benbino has only been around since August 2015 but has already been getting multiple party requests. Ring them up and they will handle everything from the planning, to the set-up and decorations and even the fun activities.

Benbino is located at Lot 49B, Level G3 in Publika. Operating hours are from 8am to 6pm on Tuesdays through Sundays, and are closed on Mondays.

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More from Makchic: 11 Klang Valley Restaurants Where Kids Can Eat for Free


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For parents, convenience and savings is ideal. And nothing says ‘convenience’ better than a free meal for the kids. Fortunately, a number of restaurants in Malaysia seem to understand the concept of the free kids meal offer and why it’s such a fantastic choice for parents and families alike. Here are 11 of our favourite restaurants in the Klang Valley where kids can enjoy a free, satisfying meal.

1. Fuddruckers


Introducing Fuddruckers – this new-in-town American fast food joint has won the hearts of many across the globe, and has finally landed in Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur. In the mood for mouthwatering, juicy burgers and steaks? Fuddruckers would be your one-stop diner. For every order of a main course, children will get one complimentary meal such as spaghetti, chicken tenders and more.


2. T.G.I. Fridays


T.G.I Fridays is no stranger to KL lovers of Western fast food. Their menu includes burgers, nachos, steaks, pastas as well as sandwiches. With every order of a main entrée, children of the ages 12 and below are given one free kid’s meal which includes spaghetti, fish and chips, nachos, chicken fingers and more.


3. Tony Roma’s


Tony Roma’s is popular for it’s steak and seafood concoctions. For every main entrée, children aged 12 and below get a free kid’s meal. Tony Roma’s has number of terms and conditions where the free meals are concerned – they provide only two free kids meals per family on Mondays and Wednesdays exclusively and the free meal does not apply on public holidays.


4. Sakae Sushi



Japanese restaurant, Sakae Sushi, offers a wide range of delicious Japanese cuisine as well as some of the most cutest kid’s meals on the block. Every Sunday, children below the age of 12 receive one free kids meal worth RM7.99 with a minimum transaction of RM30. This offer applies to dine-in customers only.


5. Bubba Gump


Bubba Gump has some very innovative Western meal presentations for almost every dish. With any order of a main course/entrée, children below the age of 12 will receive a free meal of generous portions that include a choice of pastas, french fries and jelly, fish and chips, fried shrimp and hotdogs. Fun with food – what’s not to love?


6. Chili’s


Not only does Chili’s have a large menu with countless varieties of generously-sized meals to choose from – burgers, quesadillas, pastas, sandwiches, and much more – their service also never fails to impress us. Everyday, with an order of one main course, children below the age of 12 have the option to select any of the nine items on the kid’s menu to indulge in such as mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizzas, and more. The free meal also includes one complimentary drink. Another advantage of dining at Chili’s would have to be the little art activities handed out for kid’s to work on while waiting for their meals.


7. Delicious


From soups, salads, brunch, afternoon tea and desserts, Delicious has a wide range of filling meals as well as light bites to choose from. With an order of one main course, children will be eligible to one free kids meal with a choice of spaghetti, sandwiches, and fried fritters at every delicious outlet within the Klang Valley – exclusive to weekends only.


8. Italiannies


With a name like Italiannies, describing the food they specialise in would be quite redundant as we all know what the Italians are famous for – pasta, and the best of it’s kind. Everyday at any given Italiannies outlet, with an order of one main course, children of age 12 and below can get a free meal that includes a choice of pizza, a large variety of spaghetti and/or fried chicken.


9. Capricciosa


Capricciosa is well-known for their warm, homey and highly satisfying meals of salads, soups, pastas and much more. With an order of  a single main course, children aged 12 and below will receive a free kid’s meal of pasta and/or pizza. A maximum of two free kids meals are provided per table, and is valid only during weekends and public holidays.


10. Morganfields


Known for their succulent, meaty courses, Morganfields is not only generous where portions are concerned, but each weekend children aged 12 and below will be able to enjoy a free kids meal from a selection of chicken tenders, hot dogs and much more. This offer applies only with a purchase of main course with a maximum of two free kids meals per table.


11. Nosh Up

Nosh Up

One of the most cutest and artistic cafes in Jaya Shopping Centre, Nosh Up offers a selection of Asian fusion delights that really hit home. Freshly baked bread and other homemade varieties fulfill all hearty cravings at this joint. Kids eat for free with every purchase of a main course for adults.


12. Red Lobster

This famous American franchise offers some great selection of fresh lobsters. But what’s great is that you can get a free kids meal with every adult entrée. It’s only for kids under 12, and available any day, all day. There are also 7 outlets! So you never have to worry about ‘finding one close by’.


13. Gastro Sentral

If you want some class and some free meals for your kid, head on to Gastro Sentral. Any kid below the age of 14 gets a free meal with every purchase of an adult entrée. Choose from their special kid’s menu which includes dishes such as Triple Deck Brioche and Sweet Mascarpone Waffles. The promotion is available from 12pm-5pm on weekends only.


14. Olive Garden

This is probably one of the most famous chain restaurants in the US and is well-known for their variety of pasta dishes. Kids under 12 eat for free with every adult meal purchased and it’s all day, every day! Let’s have some of those famous free-flow breadsticks!


15. Doifee

Hiding in the suburbs of Taman Desa, Doifee specialises in everything coffee. While you’re getting your caffeine fix, kids under 12 (or under 120cm tall) can choose a dish (ranging from spaghetti to chicken nuggets) for free when you order a main meal. The hours for this promotion are 8am – 11pm (Sundays – Thursdays) and 8am – 12am (Fridays and Saturdays). Now, you can have your coffee AND relax with your lil’ one.


16. IKEA

When we think of IKEA, we think of their epic Swedish Meatballs. But did you know IKEA also serves baby food for kids up to the age of 12 months with a purchase of any adult meal? Now your kids can eat for free AND go wild at IKEA’s play area.


17. Makan Kitchen, Flavours by Doubletree, Hilton

Let’s get fancy. Makan Kitchen has an extensive hi-tea buffet every weekend and kids under 12 get to enjoy free meals. There are over 60 dishes to choose from, so you can be sure there will definitely be something your little rascal will enjoy. The buffet is RM91 nett per adult and is available from 12.30pm to 4pm on weekends and public holidays.


18. Secret of Louisiana, PJ

Wait. Can we take a second to appreciate that there’s an ‘All You Can Eat Spaghetti’ offer with free flow of iced lemon tea for adults? But there’s more… Kids below 8 eat for free with every adult meal ordered. You can be sure that your child and you will be filled up by the end of this meal.


This weekend, why not take your family to these restaurants and cafes where kids can play while you eat:


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Text credit: Kathryn Rao & Stephanie Boey.

Image credit: The Malaysian Insider, Nosh Up, T.G.I. Fridays, Gabriel Foong, DanielFoodDiary, HouHouSek, Cindy Chen, Delicious, Italiannies, Capricciosa, Morganfields.