As we are planning a big(ish) late birthday bash for Freya in a couple of weeks, we wanted to do something somewhat different for her actual birthday evening dinner.
David and I were struggling to think of something Freya would enjoy doing. I mean – she’s one year old. She likes milk, tiny little vegetable bits, silly faces and crawling down the hall with Papa, but one thing stood out.
Food. She really loves food. She delights in trying new things, new flavours and textures but since Crown moved our favourite affordable and surprisingly elegant restaurant, the wildly popular Kitchen Workshop buffet ONTO the casino floor, it’s no longer kid friendly. In fact they took a family restaurant and essentially banned families. Who even does that?
With the loss of our beloved Crown smorgasbord, affordable kid friendly restaurants in our area are few and far between, and there aren’t many places you can get a reservation last minute anyway.
So we decided to try Feast Ferntree Gully Hotel.
This place has reasonable reviews, especially for a little buffet above a room of slot machines and the range is limited but fresh and delicious, and for February, kids eat for free. In fact, my only complaint was that the drinks are outlandishly expensive ($11 for a jug of soda!?!!!!!).
JJ loves it there, though he really only eats the vegetable stir fry and then decimates the dessert bar.
The birthday girl’s verdict? Freya loved everything at the cheap and cheerful Feast Ferntree Gully Hotel. She ate all they had there and finished it off with huge cubes of orange jelly. The staff were wonderful, JJ ate all the desserts he could get his paws on, and all of us walked out full of good, fresh, healthy food (and cake).
Although it doesn’t hold a candle to Kitchen Workshop, it gets bonus points for not being in the middle of a casino. We loved the laid back atmosphere and our quiet, casual birthday dinner with our little one.