1. Avocado pizza at Brambles
If the kids are obsessed with pizza and you’re looking for healthier alternatives, the newly opened Brambles’ version is topped with fresh and flavoursome ingredients such as tomatoes, radish, cilantro, pickled onions and garlic. You can also add chicken if the kids need some protein in there.
From Dhs45. Citadines Metro Central Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai (04 452 9529).
2. Fluffy mini pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Company
Made with organic whole milk, these teeny tiny pancakes are served with warm pure maple butter with a choice of either fresh ripe blueberries, 70 percent dark chocolate chunks or mashed real bananas.
Dhs25. City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai (04 344 0705).
3. Panko fish and chips, creamy mac ’n’ cheese at Eggspectation
Eggspectation’s menu has so much on offer for kids, but the panko fish and chips’ crispy crumb crust is so yummy, they’ll want to order the dish again and again. Another contender is the rich mac ’n’ cheese, a calcium-packed dish with thre- type blend and a hint of nutmeg. Talk about comfort food for little ones... and big ones, too.
Dhs34 (fish and chips), Dhs30 (creamy mac ’n’ cheese). Various locations across Dubai, including City Walk 2, Al Safa, Dubai (04 2406877).
4. Petit chocolate mousse at Couqley French Bistro
Freshly made every single day, this mousse will put a big smile on your little chocolate lover’s face. Look at that tiny wafer – totally cute. Chocolate mousse for a greedy goose? Time to get messy.
Dhs18. Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai (04 5260747).
5. Shish taouk at Villa Beirut
This high-protein grilled chicken breast is cut into easy-to-eat cubes and slowly grilled on charcoal fire. Served with delicious baked potato or French fries and garlic paste on the side, it sounds like something mum and dad would want to steal.
Dhs48. Various locations across the UAE, including Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim, Dubai (04 341 1310).
KIDS EAT FREE DEALS
1. Atlantis, The Palm
Wavehouse’s surf machine isn’t the only reason parents will want to visit, as the family entertainment hub is also home to The Brady Brunch. Signature dishes include deep-fried Babybel (yea, baby) and rainbow sliders. Also on the menu are fish finger sarnies and charred corn salad. Plus, fully-loaded waffles, white chocolate chip cookie dough and towering sundaes. Kids aged zero to ten go free, so that’s loads of food, fun and games.
Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (kids and adults aged 11 to 20), free (kids aged zero to ten). Fri 1pm-4pm. The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (04 426 2000).
2. Premier Inn
At Premier Inn hotels across the UAE, kids can enjoy free lunch and dinner. Little ones up to 15 years old will find a specially designed kids’ menu at Nuevo Restaurant and Mr. Toad’s Kitchen & Pub, filled with fun and wholesome meals. When dining with their parents, they simply need to present their “Kids Eat Free” badge, which they receive upon check-in.
Various locations across the UAE, including Dubai Investment Park (04 885 0999).
3. Sumo Sushi & Bento
Special Bento boxes for kids? Sounds like a plan. Every Sunday, kids eat free with every adult meal ordered. You heard that right, all kids eat free. They also get to select their meals from a menu that’s been designed especially for them and hang out with Kenji, Sumo’s very own mascot.
Various locations across the UAE, including Dubai Media City (800 7866).