Once upon a time, it was expected that when dining in a classy restaurant the children would be left at home. Yet these days, restaurants are catering more and more to the growing sophisticated tastes of children.
According to Good Food, Judy McMahon, owner of Catalina in Rose Bay, realised when she became a grandmother the importance of catering for children. So she hopped to the shops to pick up a couple of high chairs and a baby-change table for her restaurant.
McMahon also offers a children's two-course meal for $25.
Anna Pavoni, owner of two-hatted Italian Ormeggio at the Spit, said that it's not uncommon to see children eating dessert in her restaurant at 10pm. She added that it wouldn't be an Italian restaurant if they didn't allow kids to dine. She does, however, expect children to behave impeccably well.
For the mobile app Kid Friendly, which was created by motherdriven.com.au, the restaurant that best caters for kids with sophisticated tastes is the trendy waterfront eatery Hugos in Manly.
Hugos offers everything from fine food through to colouring pencils and kids' activities.