The spate of gorgeous weather and a run of visitors has flushed us out of the house toddler in tow in search of family friendly places to eat and enjoy the sunshine. Arthur is not the most restaurant friendly toddler, “get down” was one of his first words and is still amoungst his most used today; for us “family friendly eating” requires more than a kids menu and a high chair. So we were especially excited when we noticed a restaurant with a huge outside playground just across the road from Woluwe park, one of our favorite green spaces in Brussels.
We’ve been twice so far and if Arthur has his way we’ll be frequent visitors while we’re here in Brussels. From an adult perspetive it’s a nice restaurant – a huge seating area inside, a bright veranda and a massive garden area for sunny days . There’s a large menu of mainstream Belgium food; main courses start at around 20 euros with huge portions – Max had an incredibly moist chicken breast in a creamy sauce and I went for a gorgeous (although not quite as rare as i’d like) steak. There were only about three dishes on the kids menu but Arthur was very pleased with his huge portion of meatballs and chips for 12 euros.
The real beauty of the place for us is the huge indoor and outdoor play areas for kids. The garden has a huge lawn for running around at the end of which is a large playground complete with a two story wooden play house, swings, slides and rockers which kept Arthur entertained (and reuluctant to return to the table) for hours. With so much to climb up and fall off of even with a table in the garden area it’s not somewhere you can leave toddlers to run around in without adult supervision so we had to take it in shifts to leave our table and push swings which was still infinitely more relaxing than trying to convince Arthur ro remain both seated and quiet in a high chair for more than about ten minutes.
Inside there’s a dedicated playroom decked out with multiple toy kitchens (Arthur is still magnetically attracted to play kitchens of all forms and never tires of them), a dolls house, books, blocks and all manner of other toys. Only one of the tables inside the restaurant overlooks the play area but if you manage to snag that you can eat in peace while keeping an eye out for any potential toddler riots . The second time we visited the weather was so glorious they didn’t open the inside of the restaurant but were happy to let Arthur play in th playroom with supervision.
Unfortunately there were no changing facilites leaving Max to do a make shift job with his jumper on the floor of the gents but even so it was definitely the best place for eating with toddlers (or at least our hyperactive little guy) we’ve found so far in Brussels!