Here’s a restaurant that parents with babies could really learn to love.
Baby is 7 months old, and you’re craving to leave the house for somewhere more exciting than the dairy aisle at the supermarket. Option one:
pack ten jars of home-made mush and spoon that into Junior whilst you attempt to nibble on a half-baked trammezini.Option two:
dine at Gino‘s Belgian Bistro, the first SA restaurant to cater for the tastes of small babies and those barely walking. Sadly the Bistro is Knysna-based, so the rest of the country will have to take a trip down the Garden Route to try it out.
Belgian chef Gino Adriaensen introduced baby food to his menu only a month ago, after having realised that there was in fact nowhere for mothers and babies to dine together. The idea: for mothers to be able to serve fresh food as opposed to pre-packed meals. Having obviously done the research, Gino’s baby food contains no additives, sugar or salt. According to the innovative Belgian: ‘We have everything here except breast milk on tap’.
What to expect? If baby is aged anywhere between 6 and 9 months, munchies include: carrot and pear purée, as well as butternut and apple purée.
For those up to a year: anything from a vegetable trio, French toast fingers and a meat and steamed vegetable dish.
Between 12 and 18 months: there is on offer a ‘smiley face sandwich’, fruit yoghurt, chicken and chunky vegetables.
A cop-out for lazy parents or the real deal? Either way, it’s sure to become Knysna’s next best hit…Would you pay to be able to order fresh food for your baby in a restaurant?