What are the five best kid-friendly restaurants in Hong Kong?

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Natalie Wearstler

Because Hong Kong is such a cosmopolitan city, its restaurants tend to focus more on fine dining than family fare. To find a dining room with booster seats or kids menus, you might need to stick with tried-and-true Western brands. Consider saving Hong Kong’s traditional dim sum for an adults-only outing, and take your kids instead to one of Hong Kong’s many American-style restaurants for comfort food served in a kid-friendly environment. Here are a few of the best:

1. Though it’s known as a crowded tourist trap on weekends, Café Deco Bar & Grill on The Peak has been one of Hong Kong’s landmark restaurants since opening in 1994 — and it caters to kids, too. You can find everything from sushi and Indian tandoori specialties to homemade pizzas and salads on the menu at this spacious and ornate family style eatery. The restaurant even has an Italian Bar that serves coffee and homemade cakes. For an uninterrupted meal, you can drop your children off in a designated kids' corner where they can play with other children (under supervision, of couse).

2. Chow down on some ribs and American steaks at Dan Ryan’s, a Chicago-style restaurant where group dining is encouraged. The fact that this restaurant is completely westernized is a point of pride for the owners, as their goal is to serve authentic American food that you’d find in any restaurant back in the states. Based on that alone, your kids will love it — and if they don't immediately find something to enjoy on the kids' menu (which is filled with classics like grilled cheese, mini burgers and hot dogs), the blueberry pie or American brownie on the dessert list will probably be enough to bribe them into behaving through the meal. Dan Ryan’s salads, sandwiches and burgers will be a nice break from traditional noodles found in many of Hong Kong's typical lunch and dinner joints. You'll find Dan Ryan's at Pacific Place in Admiralty and at Festival Walk in Kowloon Tong.

3. The expats who live in the area come to The Boathouse in Stanley, a charming fishing village on the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island, for the beach-casual atmosphere and upscale Italian food. The restaurant is located in a quaint Victorian-style building overlooking Stanley Bay. Inside, the décor is clean and nautical-themed — something the whole family can appreciate. The food, however, is anything but simple. Dishes like porcini mushroom risotto and smoked eggplant or braised veal ravioli, paired with a beautiful view from the balcony, make this restaurant a memorable dining experience.

4. Families with adventurous eaters should make their way to Café Too at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Island Shangri-La. The buffet at this casual restaurant delivers just about every kind of cuisine in the world, from dim sum to crepes and Italian antipasto. Kids will love the incredible array of desserts (after they’ve tried some fresh fruit, Hainanese rice or steamed vegetables, that is).

5. For breakfast favorites 24 hours a day and a kid-friendly menu with standards such as grilled cheese or PB&J (peanut butter and jelly) sandwiches, try The Flying Pan in Central or Wan Chai. The casual atmosphere and vast menu of familiar egg dishes make this traditional diner a hit with families.

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