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Sep 3, 2010 06:27 AM

kids' menus at good places?

Went to L'Academie the other day (I know, I know) and was happy when they offered a half portion of pasta or some other choices for my son at half price for $4.95. He still had enough tortellini leftover for a school lunch. And a neighbour told me she always liked going to Alexandre on Duluth because of their great kids' menu, which we haven't tried yet. Also, a recent post here mentioned half portions of steak frites for kids at Holder. I know they have kids' menus at the more snackbar-ish places like Frite Alors, La Banquise, St-Hubert Chicken, but are there other kids' menus around the city you have noticed that are worth checking out?

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  1. Maybe I'm the only one that would answer this kind of post anyway? Will collect my discoveries here, if I remember.

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    1. re: Plateaumaman

      Well, I was kind of counting on you to find out all the good places so we could go there once my four year old starts wanting his own mains. So far, we've been getting him sushi and appetizers (smoked salmon, crab cakes...) except at places where they have dumplings since he will finish off at least a dozen on his own:)

      1. re: hala

        Yes, my kids are bottomless pits when it comes to dumplings too. They also will eat a lot at Little Sheep Hot Pot, so it is handy that they do have a kids' price there, below age 8 if I'm not mistaken? And definitely a better deal at lunch than at dinner. They also liked the conveyor belt sushi at Odaki. - can't recall the price for kids though.

        $7.50 gets a big plate of poutine at Au Pied de Cochon, and my youngest was quite firm that fries cooked in duck fat are his favourite now.

        Now, while I was impressed with the price of the kids' portion of tortellini at L'Academie, I must admit that they didn't like it as much as the tortellini in sauce rosée at La Popessa or the pastas at Maison des Pates Fraiches, both of which are quite inexpensive (but not byow). We've have paid $15/pasta in the past for our kids at fancy places eg. Largo in Quebec City, but really chews into the weekly food budget.

        La Popessa
        172 Montee Masson, Mascouche, QC J7K3B5, CA

        Little Sheep
        50 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H2Z1C1, CA

        1. re: Plateaumaman

          These are awesome ideas. Will make sure to try some of them:) Especially the hotpot. Mine (4.5) LOVES his fondue meat-or cheese. Is the quality at Odaki good? He would rather only eat fish if its raw, so a conveyor belt might be a good idea to entice him to try something other than sashimi:)

          1. re: hala

            Its all you can eat sushi which kinda sketches me out. I imagine if I had a child I would be more afraid.

            1. re: kpaxonite

              The conveyor belt had mainly cooked sushi and enticing things like large pieces of watermelon (how to fill a kid's belly fast) - otherwise you order off of the menu. They liked the sushi pizza a lot. And so you could order lots of sashimi for your little one.

            2. re: hala

              There's a raclette/fondue place on Gilford that might be a good place for a meal that you can share with your kids (though I don't remember now if the fondue had alcohol in it, which I know would put most kids off it!).

      2. Not a bad place, but not a wow restaurent either, Cresendo in Verdun has pasta (pick a type, pick a sauce + icecream) for kids. A PPP, the place boasts a view of the (modest) marina, access to the lovely bike path and a park with children's swings/slides/watergames. Oh, and the Ecole du Cirque is right next door. A really nice place to take small children especially in the summer where their terrace is always full of kids.

        1. I don't have kids, so a kids menu isn't something I've kept an eye out for, but I know when I was little, my parents would just share part of their meal with me (usually my Mom and I would split something). The advantage of this strategy is that you can go to pretty much any restaurant you want. Maybe just order an extra appetizer or something if the portions are really small.

          Chu Chai is somewhere I would expect to be able to find dishes to suit a kid and since it's a communal style meal, portion size can be entirely set by the parents.

          Chu Chai
          4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

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          1. re: eoj

            There comes a sad moment in every parent's life when they order hoping to share with their kids and leave the restaurant starving, as they didn't get any food. Our big dilemma is Frite Alors. We cannot share a large portion of fries as a snack anymore, it becomes a kind of frenzied game to see who can get the most. We might be okay with two large now but the kids are agitating to each have their own order. Does anyone want to spend that much on fries? I don't so we wait for their free french fry days.

            I used to be able to share an order of Pad Thai from Chuch when the kids were younger but again, now they are older (6 and 10) I'd need two orders and it is pretty expensive. They also each polish off a large portion of poulet pané at Miga without a thought for interested parents hovering nearby so we all get our own meals there too.

            A lot of kids' menus do only apply to those under age 8 or 9, which makes sense when I see the amount my 10 year old can eat now.

            1. re: Plateaumaman

              So I took the boys to Brochetterie Alexandre on Duluth at Chateaubriand. A neighbour recommended the kids' menu there so we wanted to try it. Wasn't organized enough to bring my own wine which, frankly, is probably one of the main reasons to go there.

              The kids' menu is $8 and includes a soup (they chose lentil), a choice of spaghetti, lasagna, chicken or souvlaki, milk or pop, and a slice of black forest cake to finish. They were ecstatic, both chosing lasagna which seemed to be a kind of hybrid mix with pizza, eg. some pepperoni in there, lots of melted cheese and two thin slices of green pepper on top. Green pepper must be to appease mothers or something.

              I had a souvlaki dinner which involved the same lentil soup (not the best I've ever had, especially compared to Jardin des Panos across the street), an entirely forgettable iceberg lettuce salad, a plate of souvlaki that was nicely seasoned with Greek potatoes and rice that were a little better than some other places on the street. We packaged up some of the leftover lasagna for school lunch and rolled out of there.

              Next time I'd go to Jardin des Panos though but again, a big hit with the kiddies, which is the point of the adventure really.

              Brochetterie Alexandre
              518 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2L1A7, CA

              1. re: Plateaumaman

                Notes on the kids' menu at L'Anecdote - it's not so much a menu as a choice. The mini-Hamburgeoise (or something like that) is a mini beef burger that comes along with fries and a salad. It's a few cents more than a regular Hamburgeoise, which is what the eldest insisted on today. Had to add fries to his order and he wasn't fussed about salad. The hamburger is considerably bigger though and now, a few hours later, youngest child is complaining of hunger. So although they cite the mini-burger as being for ages 10 and under, I'm thinking it should be more like age 5 and under. Also note: fries are cooked in peanut oil here.

                1. re: Plateaumaman

                  Keeping more notes for myself here, in case anyone else is interested. Took the kids to Odaki on St-Catherine because they enjoy the conveyor belt sushi or sushi train. On a weekday for all you can eat lunch buffet the kids are half price, so $8.50 instead of $16.99. They grabbed some rolls off of the conveyor belt, both agreeing that anyone who took an item was responsible for eating it. And we had some other things from the menu, tempura shrimp, miso soup, salmon and tuna nigiri, avocado maki. All in all, a nice leisurely lunch although my youngest said he didn't really like the salmon and tuna - he's had better elsewhere. But it's more about restaurant interface than fabulous sushi anyway. I found the rice wasn't entirely correct, texturally a bit dry and not vinegar-y enough but as a kind of Japanese variation on dim sum or something it was fine.

          2. We just came back Quin Hua Dumpling witha 4 year old.......Great success!.......great taste, value, quality....bring cash/no credit cards

            1. We had a good meal with the kids a few weeks ago at Beaver Hall. Their children's menu offers a kid-sized main course with beverage and dessert for 9.50 -- for our gang it was cheaper to bring everyone for supper than to pay for a sitter.

              Beaver Hall
              1073, Cote du Beaver Hall, Montreal, QC H2Z 1S5, CA