Many of the eating places listed here are favourites of parents here in Kuching. They are places we take our children and manage to have a meal without too much stress. Please note that they are in no particular order of preference, nor are they in alphabetical order (as that would be far too time consuming and I have 4 little ones to referee at home). They are simply listed as they come. If I get really flash you might even get some pictures
Alternatively, check out this great food blog to find places to try http://www.sarawakian.net/ – note one of the blog writers is now based in Australia so some of the eateries reviewed are not in Kuching.
Sri Shan – is an Indian Restaurant that has just recently re-opened under new ownership. If possible, the food is even better than before (though slightly more expensive). They do great Roti, Nasi Briyani, and they have fast-food too (where you select the vegetable and meats that you want to have with your rice).
Indian Recipe – located at Kings Centre behind DaLite food court. Great roti canai, roti naan, and tandoori. Good highchairs, reasonable toilets. A good place for a quick eat. (I think it is Halal, will check :))
Lam’s Place – Located in Chonglin Park on Jalan Tabuan. Lam’s does good beef noodles. We recommend the stewed beef with noodles (or rice) and they have many other dishes on offer also. They have another outlet somewhere in Jalan Song, we haven’t found it yet. They have highchairs and an ‘A’ license. Beware it is always very cold and my kids always need a jumper/cardigan. They serve no pork.
Five Loaves Cafe – Ground Floor, Sublot 3151, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce (formerly Jalan Keretapi) [situated next to Bookcastle and Lepo Music which also does kids music lessons by the way].
Five Loaves has a large menu with a variety of local and western foods – some are only available on certain days so check out their website http://5loavescafe.wordpress.com/ to see what’s on offer.
It has a special kids menu, clean highchairs, and is very child friendly. The owner is currently sourcing equipment to make a children’s corner in the cafe. The staff are helpful and accomodating and the toilets are spotless and cleaned hourly! The local council has given this cafe an ‘A’ rating and it is consistently operating at this level. They also do catering for functions/parties etc and serve no pork.
The Hilton’s Waterfront Cafe – located at the Hilton, has a kiddies corner and the kids are able to colour and play while their parents eat. A wide range of food is available and price and quatlity are what you would expect of a Hilton Hotel. Halal.
Rumah Hijah/The Green House – Located at Rubber Road. Does Roti all day (amongst other things) and is very reasonbly priced. Is airconditioned and has high chairs. Have been told that it can be quite busy and is closed on Fridays. Halal.
The Original Carwash– Also located at Rubber Road. A unique experience as the kids can watch the car being washed as you eat. Very child friendly, good menu. A favourite of many of the ex-pats. Their menu can be downloaded from their website www.theoriginalcarwash.com
Igloo– Located at Kings Centre. It is a corner lot that is decorated in icy blues and whites. They only offer deserts and they are all based on shaved ice. Has a wide variety of flavours and types (some are quite odd). Has a great little children’s area on a raised floor. Cute little penguin shaped tables and comfy chairs keep the little ones happy while parents can surf the net or read some of the wide range of magazines on offer. An experience that my kids think of as a real treat.
The Spring, Boulevard, Green Heights Mall– Each of these malls has a food court. These are often good places to go if your children all like to eat different things. There is a huge variety of foods on offer and they all have decent highchairs.
Hijau– located on the left hand-side along the road between the airport flyover and BDC is a great little foodcourt called Hijau. It is set in lush green surroundings and has a small garden shop that is open during the day. There is a small koi pond with a bridge that the kids love to walk over and keeps them entertained while the adults chat. When we go we always order from the Cockerel stall. They cook native/local foods and their chicken in bamboo and four beans cooked with belacan are delicious. There are other stalls also including a burger stall, western foods (local style) and others.
Courtyard– Is located at the Saracraft Pavillion on Jalan Tabuan (directly opposite Basaga). I have heard that their butter prawns are ‘do die for’. They also have a pond with fish and the children love to spend time watching the fish.
Hong Kong Noodle House– there are two, one at Saberkas and one along Jalan Padungan. This restaurant has a huge menu and is a good place to go if you are wanting to try Chinese food but don’t know where to start. They have set menus which you can choose from (a good way of tasting a variety of dishes) or you can order ala carte. They are very reasonably priced and give kids free icecream (although it comes before the meal not after?!). They have highchairs but they are the old rattan types and I use a muslin cloth to tie my little guy in. This is not halal.
After 3– located near the RHB bank at the roundabout with the big white cat. They have a large menu also and do a variety of local and western food. They have good highchairs and you can eat either indoors or out. Beware – as it is decorated in black there are a lot of mosquitos inside, we tend not to sit at the bench seats as these are particularly bad for mozzies.
Raja Brooke – Located along the waterfront this is a popular
destination for tourists. I have not eaten there for a long time so am not sure of the food, but it is a great place for the kids. It has the best patch of grass in Kuching and the kids are able to run around while you have a meal. They have recently installed a sampan on the grass so the kids are able to play in it too. They have icecream and are open day a night. A really great place to stop and cool off.
Liquid at the Pullman has a Sunday Poolside Brunch. Patrons are free to use the swimming pool and the children’s playground. For details link through to their news page on their website here.
Sidewalk Cafe at Green Heights (just down from the famouse Chong Choon Laksa place) is a good place to go for a relaxed evening meal. They have a wide menu and do both western and local food. It is spacious and there is plenty of space for littlies to walk around they also have highchairs.