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Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?

By Stephanie 25 October 2012 60

Hi Everyone,

I have a 3 month old baby and am after suggestions on nice restaurants that are pram friendly. I know there are children friendly places that have play rooms and so forth however I’m after restaurants that are ok with prams and have the space to bring a pram through (and wont act like its a big inconvenience)… Also somewhere that’s nicer/more formal than the local club.

Looking forward to any responses.

Thanks!

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Ate 1:46 pm 26 Oct 12

Paprika in Belconnen. Beautiful Malaysian food, they have been very accommodating when i have booked dinners there and have had friends bringing littluns.

Watson 1:45 pm 26 Oct 12

NoAddedMSG said :

There has been some recent research looking at brain activity in response to babies crying – even if it is not your child, just hearing upset baby noises causes quite an intense brain response. It is a hard-wired biology thing – which is one of the reasons people react badly to hearing it when they are out having a nice dinner. They are expecting to have lots of nice, relaxed happy brain chemicals sloshing around, and instead biology is slapping them in the face with a load of nasty upsetting brain chemicals.

I get more distressed at hearing someone else’s baby cry than I ever did hearing my own cry, I reckon. Same with toddlers. I just want to cuddle them while if my own cried I just wanted to strangle them.

I find it funny that those who complain about crying toddlers are most likely the same people quick to blame parents if their kids are out of control. While every parent knows that sometimes the best thing to do – even in a public place when everyone is staring at you – is to let the tantrummer cry until they transform into a human again. It is parents trying to make their kids stop crying any way they can so they don’t bother others that are raising the kind of spoilt brat that has no consideration for others.

Thumper 1:20 pm 26 Oct 12

NoAddedMSG said :

There has been some recent research looking at brain activity in response to babies crying – even if it is not your child, just hearing upset baby noises causes quite an intense brain response. It is a hard-wired biology thing – which is one of the reasons people react badly to hearing it when they are out having a nice dinner. They are expecting to have lots of nice, relaxed happy brain chemicals sloshing around, and instead biology is slapping them in the face with a load of nasty upsetting brain chemicals.

That’s because evolutionary wise, a crying baby could alert a predator, say a hungry lion for instance.

Yum yum. No more afarensis.

Thus we react the way we do.

Thumper 1:17 pm 26 Oct 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

Come on cultured Canberrans, it has been over 12 hours now and not one of you has addressed the elephant in the room…yes I called a splayd a splade. Have none of you taken advantage of Commonwealth subsidized Concise Cutlery Course?

A couple of questions …

Do any old diggers like myself remember the ‘knife and fork course’, army slang for the promotion course for specially selected Warrant Officers to be promoted direct to Captain (jokingly called this because they supposedly taught uncouth NCOs how to eat like an Officer!)?
Do any current diggers know if they still run these courses to enable WO1s to save themselves the embarrassment of being a lowly lieutenant?

I dont know about that but i did do a lesson on how to correctly use a ration pack, including how to correctly use a FRED lol. Not sure if they were taking the piss with us or every soldier has to take that same lesson.

Kapooka and RAAF Wagga, both have a little lesson on rat packs.

KB1971 1:00 pm 26 Oct 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Firstly, people that complain about kids at restaurants are incredibly gross. Mind your own damn business.

We have been taking our 4 and 2 year old to Indian affair since they were born. Very welcoming and always tell us not to worry when we apologise for the rice mess.

Vietnamese in Pearce has plenty of room.

Kutas in erindale Vikings club, while in a club, is still better quality eating than a lot of supposed fine dining places in this town.

As is Red Rock in Lanyon. Plenty of room & the food is pretty good for a club.

jayskette 12:27 pm 26 Oct 12

“A Bite To Eat” at the Chifley shops.

*muhahahahaha*

HenryBG 12:00 pm 26 Oct 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

Come on cultured Canberrans, it has been over 12 hours now and not one of you has addressed the elephant in the room…yes I called a splayd a splade. Have none of you taken advantage of Commonwealth subsidized Concise Cutlery Course?

A couple of questions …

Do any old diggers like myself remember the ‘knife and fork course’, army slang for the promotion course for specially selected Warrant Officers to be promoted direct to Captain (jokingly called this because they supposedly taught uncouth NCOs how to eat like an Officer!)?
Do any current diggers know if they still run these courses to enable WO1s to save themselves the embarrassment of being a lowly lieutenant?

I dont know about that but i did do a lesson on how to correctly use a ration pack, including how to correctly use a FRED lol. Not sure if they were taking the piss with us or every soldier has to take that same lesson.

I do seem to recall there was actually a lesson associated with the component of the ration pack that consisted of 6 small sheets of paper.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 11:05 am 26 Oct 12

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

Come on cultured Canberrans, it has been over 12 hours now and not one of you has addressed the elephant in the room…yes I called a splayd a splade. Have none of you taken advantage of Commonwealth subsidized Concise Cutlery Course?

A couple of questions …

Do any old diggers like myself remember the ‘knife and fork course’, army slang for the promotion course for specially selected Warrant Officers to be promoted direct to Captain (jokingly called this because they supposedly taught uncouth NCOs how to eat like an Officer!)?
Do any current diggers know if they still run these courses to enable WO1s to save themselves the embarrassment of being a lowly lieutenant?

I dont know about that but i did do a lesson on how to correctly use a ration pack, including how to correctly use a FRED lol. Not sure if they were taking the piss with us or every soldier has to take that same lesson.

maxblues 10:04 am 26 Oct 12

maxblues said :

maxblues said :

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

Come on cultured Canberrans, it has been over 12 hours now and not one of you has addressed the elephant in the room…yes I called a splayd a splade. Have none of you taken advantage of Commonwealth subsidized Concise Cutlery Course?

A couple of questions …

Do any old diggers like myself remember the ‘knife and fork course’, army slang for the promotion course for specially selected Warrant Officers to be promoted direct to Captain (jokingly called this because they supposedly taught uncouth NCOs how to eat like an Officer!)?
Do any current diggers know if they still run these courses to enable WO1s to save themselves the embarrassment of being a lowly lieutenant?

HenryBG 10:03 am 26 Oct 12

crackerpants said :

And finally, bigger prams handle better for those of us who rely on them to exercise – a dinky little umbrella stroller with rattly teacup-sized wheels just won’t work.

All the kids in strollers that have gone under trains or into rivers recently have been in new-fangled 4WD-like wankyprams which are very prone to taking off on their own.
They should have a mandatory dead-man’s handbrake on them, just like the trolleys you get at some airports and the ones at the Eurostar terminals.

NoAddedMSG 10:00 am 26 Oct 12

There has been some recent research looking at brain activity in response to babies crying – even if it is not your child, just hearing upset baby noises causes quite an intense brain response. It is a hard-wired biology thing – which is one of the reasons people react badly to hearing it when they are out having a nice dinner. They are expecting to have lots of nice, relaxed happy brain chemicals sloshing around, and instead biology is slapping them in the face with a load of nasty upsetting brain chemicals.

crackerpants 8:08 am 26 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

aceofspades said :

Solidarity said :

poetix said :

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

How could you have been on RA so long and not know that poetix is female. I also entirely agree with her. As politically incorrect as it is to say, there are some places that should be baby free.

Or, as suggested by somebody else, just stash the capsule+baby under the table while you enjoy your meal.

But FFS leave the bloody Toorak-tractor accessorised pram at home. Restaurants are not the place for them.

MelonHead said :

Just to widen the debate slightly. Why is it that prams of this era are of a size that would justify their own postcode? Many (>25) years ago I remember that my own offspring were very happy in much smaller devices. They are both grown and healthy adults now. Do we just have these behemoths now because we can?
Discuss. Enlighten.

I’ve been anticipating the “4WD-sized pram” rant to appear, so I’m glad someone finally obliged.

To respond to MelonHead, I can only speculate that yes, because we can…because the good people who design these products have come up with clever solutions to help us out. A lot of prams are designed to take a second seat now, for families that have children in quick succession, and increasing the width makes for a safer, more stable pram when there are two kids on board. Prams also double as shopping trolleys for mums also dealing with one, two or more kids (ie. no hands free for shopping bags) so a bigger pram means increased storage underneath (again, a safety thing, bags hanging off handles can cause tipping). And finally, bigger prams handle better for those of us who rely on them to exercise – a dinky little umbrella stroller with rattly teacup-sized wheels just won’t work. That’s just speculation though. I agree, they’re a pain, and I’d really love to not be pushing one around a shopping centre (and use a little one or a carrier wherever possible), but the alternative is to stay at home and slowly starve. Like many Canberra families, we have no family of our own to help out with a dash to the shops for bogroll, so better (and bigger) prams, for us at least, make life that little bit easier.

I agree, they have no place in restaurants if you can possibly help it, but if you’re sitting out the front of the Yarralumla Gallery Cafe, I can’t see the problem.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:04 am 26 Oct 12

Firstly, people that complain about kids at restaurants are incredibly gross. Mind your own damn business.

We have been taking our 4 and 2 year old to Indian affair since they were born. Very welcoming and always tell us not to worry when we apologise for the rice mess.

Vietnamese in Pearce has plenty of room.

Kutas in erindale Vikings club, while in a club, is still better quality eating than a lot of supposed fine dining places in this town.

kschoey 6:32 am 26 Oct 12

We’ve dined out quite regularly since littleschoey arrived in February and I have what can only be described as the monster truck of prams! We live north side so most of our experiences have been there. Can recommend:
* Cork Street Cafe in Gundaroo – really relaxed vibe, divine pizzas. Nice place to chill for a late lunch or early dinner with the warmer weather. Not only did people have kids but they had their dogs too!
* Grazing in Gundaroo – while we haven’t been there since bub they appear to be v accommodating of kids
* Siren Bar in Gungahlin – have been there for lunch with some other mums and there was heaps of room
* Trevinos at Gold Creek Country Club – while you said no clubs this is a step above the usual club fare
* Entice Restaurant at Gungahlin Lakes – the “fancy” restaurant inside the club. Lovely food and v accommodating
* Pork Barrell – didn’t think we’d fit but plenty of room.
* Babar in Civic – my go to place before child when catching up with friends with kids. While it can be on the noisy side there is heaps of room for prams
* wagamama in Civic – not exactly top end but good for a quick meal and can fit a pram.

We always book for 2 + a pram and people have been v friendly and accommodating. At 3 months littleschoey generally slept the whole time we were out anyway. It’s getting a bit more difficult now he’s older and wants to eat what us big people eat.

Not having the option of leaving littleschoey at home, it’s been nice to still be able to go out.

Hope you have a great time! Can say we’ve only ever had smiles and positivity from the staff at the restaurants and the surrounding customers when we’ve been out.

maxblues 3:04 am 26 Oct 12

maxblues said :

poetix said :

maxblues said :

Ok Poetix, maybe I have been loudly extolling the lack of virtues of charnel houses in Charnwood, whilst wielding a splade in threatening manner, but please oh please don’t lump me in the same category as those smelly little people. Sure peeps will say I was once one of them, but my maternal guardian had the thrifty sense of keeping me in a cardboard box in a poorly lit room,

And people say I’m strange!

(They’re quite right, of course. I should totally revel in the ‘special aioli’ that is baby puke.)

Sporfs are cool, by the way. I was told that by a cool person.

And I thought sporf was something like ‘special aioli’.

Come on cultured Canberrans, it has been over 12 hours now and not one of you has addressed the elephant in the room…yes I called a splayd a splade. Have none of you taken advantage of Commonwealth subsidized Concise Cutlery Course?

MelonHead 12:07 am 26 Oct 12

Just to widen the debate slightly. Why is it that prams of this era are of a size that would justify their own postcode? Many (>25) years ago I remember that my own offspring were very happy in much smaller devices. They are both grown and healthy adults now. Do we just have these behemoths now because we can?
Discuss. Enlighten.

OpenYourMind 11:07 pm 25 Oct 12

Our bub is a year old and we’ve dined out as often as we can. Sometimes it’s just easier to leave the pram behind and just take a bag of baby stuff for emergencies. We’ve always dined with family/friends that love and understand bubs. We simply take turns at nursing bub while we eat. Bub feels more involved that way too. If OpenYourMind jr does get grisly, usually a bit of a walk outside fixes things.

I’m conscious that others may have chosen a quiet restaurant, I know what it feels like to have that ruined by a screaming child. I’d like to imagine that we aren’t inflicting this on others.

Dacquiri 10:46 pm 25 Oct 12

If you want to go southside, Oriental Terrance in Erindale is incredibly accommodating of young children. Staff will not only find you a good spot (esp. if you let them know in advance), but will check to make sure the child is happy and looked after. There are a few steps to get into the restaurant, as I recall, but it’s a big, spacious open room. (Make sure to try the ‘Chinaman’s Hat’.)

I_P 10:42 pm 25 Oct 12

I would recommend
1. Joey’s Kitchen – Watson shops. Very accommodating and nice food.
2. Cafe Injoy – Gungahlin. Only been here for lunch. Lots of rooms between tables
3. Rodney’s Cafe – Rodney’s at Piallago. Most of their seating is outdoors though
4. Kitchen Cabinet – Old Parliament House. Use the disable entrance to get around the stairs.

Good luck with your search.

screaming banshee 7:28 pm 25 Oct 12

I would always book a table for ‘two and a half’, and would usually end up in a fairly manageable part of the restaurant.

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