Every now and again my husband and I stumble upon a restaurant or venue that is unexpectedly child-friendly. From the outset, the Dutch Trading Co. in Victoria Park looks and sounds pretty trendy. You’d probably never even guess that it’s a gastropub from the name, or that it has not one, but two kiddies play areas to keep the little ones entertained.
The Dutch Trading Co. is surprisingly family friendly.
My first impression of this place was that it was rather small, super hip and not particularly great for families. But the more you look, the more welcoming it becomes for people with children. They have high chairs and baby change facilities for a start, which are always a good sight for parents.
Olivia enjoying the currently tidy kids area.
The indoor play area has different activities for various ages.
The most deceptive part is the size. Beyond the main bar is a second bar area that houses an indoor play spot with cute little tables and chairs and activities for the kids. I had to laugh at the sign that reads ‘please keep toy area tidy.’ I’m guessing the sign is directed at parents.
There are blocks to build, board games to play and little puzzles to be solved, plus a small basket full of toys.
The outdoor play area.
It was a shame that we went there for dinner and not lunch on a bright spring day, as it was a bit too chilly for the outdoor play area. It is a giant sandpit filled with a huge selection of colourful toys. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned during parenthood, it’s that kids love playing with toys that aren’t their own. The play area looks like a great source of entertainment while parents relax for a few minutes. There are seats outside so you can keep a watchful eye out.
The Dutch Cheeseburger was a big hit.
The menu is Dutch-inspired (with lots of tasty Dutch cheese peppered throughout) and there are choices of share plates, burgers and sliders and heartier meals.
The kids’ menu was quite reasonable – they offer three choices of a slider or chicken nuggets for $10 each, or fish and chips for $12, all served with chips or a side salad.
We chose the Dutch Cheese Burger and the Slider Combo. I love sliders – they are such cute little burgers and give you the opportunity to sample more than one flavour. The two I received were crispy chicken and a beautifully cooked beef brisket. The sauces added some extra kick and the chips were nicely cooked.
Slider Combo – crispy chicken and beef brisket.
My husband enjoyed the giant cheeseburger and couldn’t even finish it. Nothing to do with the numerous craft beers he enjoyed beforehand though, of course. Our daughter had a little play in the kids’ area before it was time to go and take her home to bed. We left happy in the knowledge we could add another venue to our list of family friendly eateries.
The Dutch Trading Co. is open for dinner from Tuesday to Thursday and for lunch and dinner from Friday to Sunday. For more information, see the website.
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The Dutch Trading Co.
Address: 243 Albany Highway , Victoria Park
Ph. 0407 087 911
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 4pm to late
Friday to Sunday – 12pm to late
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