Whether you’re after some easy comfort food or just staff who won’t greet the kids with a frown, we’ve picked five of the best family-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong.
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The kids get the beach. You get the best BBQ in Hong Kong. Limewood is a pretty good deal for everyone. Hong Kong has plenty of beaches but not many beachfront restaurants so this BBQ joint is a rare find. The sandalwood terrace spills on to the waterfront at Repulse Bay, while floor to ceiling windows let in the sea breeze. But Limewood doesn’t rest on the laurels of its location; the food is excellent, with dishes like spicy tiger prawn rolls and charred lime pork neck often given a Caribbean twist by the resident Dominican chef. And if you are here without the kids you’ll want to wrap your hands around one of the best margaritas in town.
Book ahead? Yes, on weekends.
Nearest MTR: You’ll need the bus out to Repulse Bay
Address: 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
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You already pay for their nappies and toys and college is around the corner so why should you pay out for their food as well. You shouldn’t. Head for the Kinsale. Found in Kennedy Town this European restaurant has a grown-up style but a family-friendly approach. The menu is a comfortable collection of well-executed classics, including BBQ beef short rib with a spiced vinegar BBQ sauce and a lamb burger paired with beetroot relish, rocket, and sweet potato fries. It has a friendly, neighborhood appeal and room to park a buggy. But best of all is that kids eat free from 5 pm -7 pm.
Book ahead? Yes, on weekends
Nearest MTR: Kennedy Town
Address: New Fortune House, 2-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town
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One Thirty One
Grass. Actual grass. Actual grass that you can step on without being shouted at – for those that have been in Hong Kong for a while that’s probably all you need to know about One Thirty One. Hong Kong is the most built-up city on earth and space is at a premium. If you need somewhere where the kids can run around, book a table here and release the kids on to the well-preened lawn. In return, you’ll need to stump up for a pricey set menu, although the French food is excellent and the wine list as good as any in Hong Kong. You’ll also need to get here. Set in a village outside Sai Kung the rural location gives the gift of the outdoors but also means you’ll need a taxi for the final leg of the journey.
Book ahead? Yes
Nearest MTR: University Station and then 10 mins by taxi
Address: 131 Tseng Tau Village, New Territories
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Jamie's Italian gets a bit of a bad rap. But as long as you don’t come here expecting fine dining in high-end surroundings you’ll enjoy your time here. Instead, this is a comfortable restaurant where you can enjoy unhurried comfort food. There are burgers with provolone cheese, pork chops with an apple salad and other family favorites that are fancy enough to appeal, but not too fancy to have the kids asking about Mc Donalds. And, Jamie’s does kids. Staff know how to dodge toddlers under their feet and won’t groan if a salt shaker takes a tumble from the table or a bottle needs warming up.
Book ahead? Yes
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay
Address: 2/F Soundwill Plaza, 1 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay (also a branch in Tsim Sha Tsui)