By Editors

We’ll start off by saying that Delhi/NCR has a long way to go before they make kids and the adults that belong to them feel well looked after. For young parents, conscious as they are about not intruding on other diners’ space, it isn’t fair for them or their little ones to sit out on the pleasures of eating out.

Like tribes that share wisdom when raising a child, we thought we’d ask around about some places where parents and children have their share of fun, together or separately, whilst eating out. Here’s a round up of where you can head when it’s baby’s {by which we mean under 10} day out.

Momo Café Sunday Brunch, Courtyard by Marriot, Gurgaon |

We’re liking the set-up where the kiddie section {bouncy castle and all} is up front and separated from the diners in the main seating area. While the little ones keep themselves busy with the Sunday activities and potato smileys, adults can enjoy the unlimited champagne brunch. In what can only be a coincidence, the champagne on offer is aptly called G.H. Mumm. That’s got to be a sign, we think.

Where: B-Block, Sushant Lok I, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-488 8444 or click here. 

Expect to spend: INR 3150++ for adults; kids not charged

Drift at Epicentre, Gurgaon |

We like it for the open space and the frequent activities that work not just as a cultural expedition, but also a brilliant distraction for kids. The pizza and pasta section of the menu are always winners.

Where: Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-271 5100 or click here. 

Expect to spend: INR 350 upwards for a pizza or pasta

Culture Gully at Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon |

A veritable playground of meals of all sizes, cuisines, and levels of fussiness. With restaurants from states across India, you’re sure to find at least a few decent options for what your kid fancies. The little knick-knacks, not so little shows of grand spectacles, impromptu dance break-outs, and the odd elephant or two make for an endearingly desi wonderland.

Where: Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-452 8000 or click here. 

Expect to spend: INR 600 for entry, redeemable against food and drinks

Barbeque Nation, Delhi / Gurgaon / Noida |

This one’s for the older kids, or the ones who are especially good with instructions to proceed with caution. With meals grilled at the table, this tends to be interesting for children who are curious about how things are done. Added bonus: They might just feel more involved in the process and perhaps more eager to try the food. Just watch out for little hands excitedly reaching for hot plates.

Where: Multiple Locations

ContactFind one nearest you, here. 

Expect to spend: Special package for children at INR 400 on lunch/dinner

Pirates of Grill, Delhi/Gurgaon |

For the same reasons as above. And of course, the smattering of pirate paraphernalia always works for a fun conversation. Arrr, matey!

Where: Rajouri Garden and MGF Mega City Mall, MG Road

Contact: Find one nearest to you, here. 

Expect to spend: INR 250 on lunch or INR 350 on dinner

Chili’s, Delhi/Gurgaon |

For when you need a quick pleaser that isn’t entirely thoughtlessly put together, there’s always Chili’s. They’ll give you taco pizzas {which is pizza made out of tacos!} for those seeking excitement, grilled salmon for those watching the calories, and a pomegranate margarita if you’re ending your shift of watching the kids. Onion rings are always a win.

Where: Delhi – Vasant Kunj Ambience Mall & DLF Place Mall Saket / Gurgaon – Ambience Mall

Contact: Find one nearest to you, here. 

Expect to spend: INR 200 upwards for starters; INR 300 upwards for sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pastas and grills

Café G Sunday Brunch at Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon |

Since Sunday is supposedly the day of rest, give this brunch a chance. With a designated play area, balloon artists, and a nanny to oversee, you can let the little ones have their kind of Sunday fun. The buffet is extensive, with counters ranging from South Indian to Chinese – something for everybody.

Where: Crowne Plaza, Off NH8, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-453 4000 or click here for more details.

Expect to spend: INR 1250 + tax for children between 5 and 10; kids below 5 years eat free

Cilantro Sunday Brunch at Trident, Gurgaon |

They call it the brunch that breaks all age barriers. Well, it certainly doesn’t break the bank with kids under 10 eating for free from their special kids menu, with plenty of entertainment and games to boot. Parents can hang out with their dear friends Tattinger, Grey Goose, Glenfiddich, Stella and Hoegaarden, all included in the buffet price.

Where: Udyog Vihar Phase 5, Off NH8, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-412 4307 or click here for more details.

Expect to spend: Kids under 10 eat for free. Adult brunch priced at INR 2495 + tax without alcohol, INR 3195 + tax with alcohol

Roots Café in the Park |

Perfect for burning off extra energy or building up an appetite, this simple café in the park offers plenty of space to run wild and free, under adult supervision of course. The menu offers staples that your kids already might like, like nimbu paani, poha, upma and grilled cheese sandwiches. For a special treat, try the Banana Oreo shake.

Where: Rajiv Gandhi Renewable Energy Park, Leisre Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon

Contact: +91-124-2574616 or click here for more details.

Expect to spend: INR 200 for a snack and a milkshake

Guppy by Ai |

Japanese food seems like a misfit for children, but did we mention the origami supplies they provide that go a long way in keeping your junior diners busy? And noodle soup {Ramen} is always fun for kids to eat. We recommend sticking to the lunch slot, since it becomes a bar of sorts at night.

Where: 28, Main Market, Lodhi Colony

Contact: 9650185005, or follow them on Facebook here. 

Expect to spend: INR 2000 for a meal for two

Sagar Ratna |

Although they always welcome children {yay for family restaurants}, we’re more worried about you being able to enjoy your meal. After much research, a special shout out to the Sagar Ratna at the Ashoka Hotel. The ramp outside doubles as an object of major curiosity and play thing for children under the age of ten, or maybe even over. Maybe.

Where: Ashok Hotel, 50 B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chankayapuri

Contact: 011 26888242, 011 26110101

Expect to spend: INR 600 for two

Sunday Winter Brunch at The Claridges |

You’ll have to wait a few months for this one, but this particular Sunday Brunch pays special attention to your mini-me companions. They have a demarcated area comprising tattoo artists, colouring books and crayons, and those small plastic swing sets we’ve all tried to experiment with as adults.

Where: The Claridges Hotel, 12 Aurangzeb Road

Contact: 011 39555000

Expect to spend: TBA {Rates will be revised for the winter, stay tuned}

Dhaba By Claridges |

This more vibrant version of the Dhaba at the Claridges Hotels gives younger diners plenty to keep themselves busy. Between the colouring and maze games they give kids at the table, the real life truck in store {kids can get behind the wheel}, and the old school weighing machine with flashing lights that dispels fortunes, there’s enough time for the adults to enjoy a leisurely dinner. The flash mob that the staff does has seen many a junior performer join in.

Where: 2nd Floor, DLF Place Saket

Contact: +918527900669 or get more information here 

Expect to Spend: INR 1400 for a meal for two

For when your kids are well fed, and you’re just looking for a place to spend the day doing fun activities, try one of these |

Fun City |

Video games, bumper cars, party zones, and an endless source of entertainment for your children.

Where: Ambience Mall, NH-8, Gurgaon

Hang Out |

Games counters, virtual reality, party options, and rides, Hang Out is perfect to keep your little one busy as you take back the shops.

Where: Select City Walk, Saket

iSkate |

Delhi’s one and only ice skating rink. Be warned though, for first timers it’s hard to master, so you’ll probably have to get in the rink with your child.

Where: Ambience Mall, NH-8

National Rail Museum |

The museum itself could use a thorough pick me up, but lucky for you, children don’t care about the history of locomotives as much as they do about playing on them.

Where: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Nehru Planetarium |

It hasn’t changed much since you parents went to school and were taken on field trips, but the good news is, the kids will enjoy it as much as you did back in the day.

Where: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg Area

Deer Park |

Give any child a giant park to play in, and throw in a few Deer for good measure. Perfect for outdoor picnics, where your child can enjoy watching an animal in its natural surroundings.

Where: Haus Khaz