If you're looking for a child-friendly restaurant near the Science Museum or Natural History Museum in South Kensington then I highly recommend that you check out Le Comptoir Libanais.
When you're eating out with your kids do you prefer a place with a children's menu or one where they can just choose from the main menu or share your portion?
Although I like the idea of my kids eating off the main menu I know that in reality they often won't like the food and I don't like sharing my food because I want to eat it all myself (!) yet if I order them their own portion a lot will get wasted.
So when we popped into Le Comptoir Libanais in South Kensington en route to the science museum I was thrilled to see that they did have a children's menu but it didn't contain any of the usual kids classics such as nuggets and chips, sausages, mac n cheese, fish fingers etc.
Is there a children's menu at Le Comptoir Libanais?
Yes, the children's menu has five main courses on it, two of which are vegetarian and one of which is gluten free. When we visited the menu contained a chicken wrap, lamb kofta wrap, grilled chicken and rice, cheese and tomato flat bread and falafels and hommos.
Miss R had the lamb wrap - while I am vegetarian and cook veggie for the kids at home I let them make their own choices at school and when we're out and about.
The menu costs £5.45 and you also get a glass of lemonade (four flavours to choose from) and a dessert of ice cream or frozen yoghurt. Miss R had the ice cream and it was a single scoop of vanilla. We were both happy with this as she felt like she'd got a treat and I was glad that she didn't have a massive over-the-top dessert which contained too much sugar.
Is it baby friendly at Le Comptoir Libanais?
I visited with just my five-year old daughter. However I did a little investigation and there was a ground floor nappy changing unit (the main toilets were downstairs) and a good supply of high chairs. The restaurant itself was very busy and fairly cramped but the staff were very accommodating and I'm sure would have helped us find a good place for the buggy if we'd had one.
Was there children's entertainment?
The back of the menu had some puzzles and colouring in which Miss R enjoyed doing. Unfortunately they'd lost most of their crayons but the waitress managed to find one orange one for her to use. However, my daughter really enjoyed just sitting in such a bustling restaurant looking round at people, talking about the different foods and looking at all the food displayed in jars behind the counter.
What about adult food? Is there a good vegetarian selection?
Le Comptoir Libanais is a Lebanese restaurant and so there are a lot of meat dishes on the menu. However, there is a large selection of mezzes, salads and dips, most of which are suitable for vegetarians and there are also some veggie tagines, flatbreads and other main dishes. I had a quinoa and shankleesh cheese salad, mainly because I couldn't resist trying a new type of cheese!! It was delicious, but perhaps a little small for the £8.95 price tag.
I would definitely go back to Le Comptoir Libanais with my other children.