Suggest restaurant for Sat. lunch w/ young kids near Jarvis & Dundas?
- Royaljelly Jul 11, 2007 11:44 PM
I'm trying to organize a saturday lunch with a bunch of friends, a few of which have small children ranging from ages 1-5 yrs old.
Preferably within a 10-15 min drive from the Jarvis & Dundas area in Toronto.
Any kind of cuisine is find, so long as the restaurant isn't too cramped or overly pricey.
One person suggested Lai Wah Heen, but I'm worried it may scare a few people away simply due to the cost.
Lai Wah Heen??? Are you kidding me? For 1-5 year olds? This is a very high end (read very expensive) Chinese restaurant with white linen tablecloths and formal service!
How about Frans which is a big, family style resto at Victoria at Shuter? Basic food (breakfast, club sandwiches, grilled cheese etc).
Lai Wah Heen, while fantastic, isn't exactly the kind of restaurant you bring your toddlers to. Somehow, I think that lobster and asparagus steamed dumplings would fly right over their heads at that age.
Sticking to the dim sum theme, I'd recommend trying either Rol San on Spadina or Rainbow on Dundas. Both are close to the Spadina/Dundas intersection, and are much more family-friendly. I find that Rol San gets packed fast, so if you're a large party, you may have more luck at Rainbow. However, the selection at Rol San is definitely the better of the two.
Even though it's a "pub", do they allow kids? Is it very loud as well (i.e. blaring music, etc)? Sounds like a good possibility, since I really like going to the area for all the free outdoor jazz (my 2 yr old son dances to it all the time) and we're kinda getting bored of going to dim sum all the time.
Yep, they most definitely allow kids, and you'll see quite a few during weekend brunch/lunch times. It's loud, but not obnoxiously so. Mostly it's just the sounds of the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant with high ceilings and very little fabric! If the weather is nice, you can get a table out on the patio.
And you can always make a stop at Soma to get that dark chocolate you were looking for!
What about Casey's in the Hotel (Best Western?) at Jarvis and Dundas? They have beer, and typical chain resto food that could satisfy everyone.