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dadslife Mon 27-Jun-16 16:30:22

I'm soon to open a cafe, exciting.

Anyway, I've taken my little girl into enough cafes to know that the food for kids is all too often fish fingers and chips. Just wondering what people like to see on the menu for their kids. thanks

Acopyofacopy Mon 27-Jun-16 16:32:07

Small /half portions of adult meals!

BrieAndChilli Mon 27-Jun-16 16:32:50

Are you doing snack type foods or proper meals??

Spag Bol
Tuna pasta
Jacket spuds
Korma and rice
Chilli (mild)

Basically child sized portions of all the adult meals on the menu.

2 sizes of meals would be good too - toddler sized and child sized. 2 year old a don't eat as much as 8 year olds!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 27-Jun-16 16:33:39

I agree, small servings of adult meals.

LilySnape Mon 27-Jun-16 16:38:03

Lots of finger foods like chopped fruit and veggies and stuff like plain grilled chicken breast and little ham wraps try steer away from cheesy things and gluten as alot of kids have allergies and like plain foods offer lots of veggie options too and some vegan to cater for all tastes
The hot meals mentioned upthread are very messy and unhealthy to be serving in a cafe

BikeRunSki Mon 27-Jun-16 16:39:19

My children will eat anything in a wrap, as long as it's not spicy.

As well as children's portions, could you do "toddler portions", sort of 1/3 -1/4 size.

calzone Mon 27-Jun-16 16:39:42 are they unhealthy?

What an odd thing to say.

Shallishanti Mon 27-Jun-16 16:40:57

unhealthy? pasta/spuds/curry??

PurpleDaisies Mon 27-Jun-16 16:41:19

The hot meals mentioned upthread are very messy and unhealthy to be serving in a cafe

Do you mean brie's list? What's unhealthy about most of those meals?! And a one off unhealthy meal as part of a balanced diet is absolutely fine.

iklboo Mon 27-Jun-16 16:43:26

DS loves ribs grin

Otherwise smaller portions of adult meals, especially salmon, quiche etc

LilySnape Mon 27-Jun-16 16:58:38

High in salt and no veg or salad mentioned in those meals and in a cafe they would most likely be made from jars and tins adding to the unhealthyness pizza is extremely unhealthy and gross. I prefer cafes that serve lots of salads and fruits and grilled meats, if your caught short for lunch and have to feed your child at a cafe you should have more healthy options than pizza and curry

PurpleDaisies Mon 27-Jun-16 17:00:40

You've made a massive number of assumptions about how those meals would be prepared lily. Who says they wouldn't be served with s side salad or vegetables?

Pinkheart5915 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:05:39

Don't stay clear of cheese, many little ones bloody love cheese. Just have a choice so other children that don't eat cheese have choices too. Again you don't need to stay away from gulten just off a choice or two that's gultem free so children that can't eat gluten have a choice.

Just small portions of adult dishes. My 9 month old has a favourite of salmon, sweet potatoe mash and greens. He also enjoys tomartoe pasta.
You could do a lunch box for lighter children's lunches sandwich, fruit pot, yoghurt, juice or water

Pinkheart5915 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:06:31

Crikey Lilly you like to assume a lot don't you ?

Spottyladybird Mon 27-Jun-16 17:11:55

I like places with flexibility for little ones. We have a cafe near us that does sandwiches (white or granary) then a choice of fillings:
Cheese and tomato

All served with apple and cucumber slices on the side.

Shallishanti Mon 27-Jun-16 17:15:13

Pizza=bread and vegetables with some cheese on top

Blondie1984 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:23:58

Lily I'm not sure how much you know about cooking but Bolognaise sauce tends to contain, at minimum, onion and tomatoes - as do lasagne and chilli - so there are some veg right there and chilli also contains kidney beans which count towards one of your 5 a day

I feel really sad for your kids if you never let them have foods like that....

Blondie1984 Mon 27-Jun-16 17:25:31

Oh and gluten free doesn't necessarily mean healthier

LilySnape Mon 27-Jun-16 17:40:12

Newflash .. Gluten is an allergy for some people it has nothing to do with been healthier hmm

LilySnape Mon 27-Jun-16 17:41:50

Spag bol is also swimming in fat and salt and a few boiled down onions and tomatoes are not one of your 5 a day hmm some fresh veg and fruit is your 5 a day

1frenchfoodie Mon 27-Jun-16 17:49:13

lily um no, cooked veg does count, though some vitamins are affected by cooking. No need for bolognese to be swimming in fat, I make with 5% fat mince and my chili is made with lean stewing steak.

Agree on small portions of adult food - though obviously from unseasoned batches as adukt salt cobtent is too highfor little ones. Fish or chicken goujons (baked) rather than their turkey twizzler equivalents.

iklboo Mon 27-Jun-16 17:50:59

My spag bol isn't swimming in fat & salt. It also contains much more than 'a few boiled down tomatoes & onions'. Not sure how you make yours....

expatinscotland Mon 27-Jun-16 17:52:50

If you want to stay in business you'd best not offer any of those or a special kids menu at all. You'll get mums and babies groups who come in with their prams so no one else can get a seat, then order a white coffee each, give their kids messy snacks brought from home and park up for hours.

'pizza is extremely unhealthy and gross. I prefer cafes that serve lots of salads and fruits and grilled meats, if your caught short for lunch and have to feed your child at a cafe you should have more healthy options than pizza and curry '

PSML! It's just fine, not at all unhealthy or gross. OP, you definitely want to steer clear of picky, fusspot, eating disordered 'customers' like this. The profit margin in fresh foods is narrower as they don't keep as long or as well.

elfycat Mon 27-Jun-16 17:53:06

Tinned tomatoes count as one of your 5 a day...

And this is for a cafe, not for your everyday food. One meal out isn't going to kill a poor unsuspecting tike.

OP I agree with the smaller portions of your adult menu thing. My heart sinks when I see the 'orange' menu for children. DD1 is 7 and is heading adult menu with her tastes.

As an aside (for adults)
I think having one low-carb food would be a good idea as this is a popular diet choice. Not some thing only for low carbers, but find a recipe that doesn't have a carb-rich basis. Or have things like large (portabello if the budget runs to it) mushrooms that can be used instead of toast. Avoid chicken and bacon salad... I'm sooooo bored of them wink

clairedunphy Mon 27-Jun-16 18:07:42

Re allergies and general fussiness, if it's not too much hassle it is great to be flexible. My DD is dairy allergic so I struggle where eg sandwiches are already made with butter.

Also agree with smaller versions of adult food (my spag bol is packed with veg and has zero added salt!), but along with a couple of really basic kids options too. My local cafe offers beans/egg/cheese/spaghetti on toast for about £1.50. It's great for toddlers who don't eat much.

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