An Italian cook has been in the news today calling for the ban of children’s menus in restaurants.
Antonio Carluccio reckons that children should eat the same as adults when out and about, and shouldn’t have their own menu.
Do you know what? I agree with him. Although it’s nice in principle for children to have their own menus when dining out, have you seen the amount of rubbish that is on those things?!
Some places have a menu comprising of fishfingers and chips, burgers and chips, pizza and chips, sausage and chips and anything else fried you can think of and not a lot else.
What happened to choice? Nothing wrong with the odd fishfinger or chips at all, but why don’t they get some other options as well?
Just because they’re small they automatically want chips, is that right?
No, it doesn’t always work like that. When there’s an adult’s menu full of fresh meals and a children’s menu full of crap and not a lot else, it is rather annoying.
I remember taking my eldest who is now 8 into a cafe when he was toddler sized, and he wanted shepherds pie.
So I asked for a child’s sized shepherds pie, only to be met by a blank look and a “we don’t do that for children, they can only choose off the menu.”
What did the menu comprise of? Yep, you guessed it – bloody chips. Served with a side order of chips and with a drink of chips (well, it might as well have been.)
How hard would it have been to just make a smaller version of the shepherds pie? Just a toddler sized dollop of shepherds pie with some peas and a bit of veg, like the adults could have?
It’s hardly rocket science.
I ended up sharing mine with him on a smaller plate.
Not all kids WANT chips every time they’re out. Nothing wrong with chips, but having the choice of something else would be nice.
I’m with Antonio all the way. Have a universal menu for both adults and children, and just do smaller versions of the adult portions for the small people.
That way, if they want chips, they can have them, just like the adults can, but they also have the choice of having other dinners as well, which don’t involve fried food.
Restaurant places – take note.