On Friday night, instead of our usual cheap and cheerful family early dinner haunts we decided to try our local 'nice' restaurant. We were definitely not disappointed. True to a promotional email I had received earlier in the week, a kids menu, crayons and colouring in sheets arrived as soon as we were seated. A big stack of Ikea Antilop high chairs offered even more promise for a successful night out. Malvern's livingroom is currently offering a 'kids eat free' deal Tuesday through Friday nights, as long as the table is vacated before 7:30pm. How perfect!?!

livingroom restaurant malvern

Mr Wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed the house made gnocchi with mushrooms, pedro ximinez ox cheek with parsnip fritters and a fantastic roast pumpkin and feta salad. The warm (and delicious) house baked bread satisfied Miss Four and Tiny (aged 20 months) until their fish and chips and cheesy risotto arrived. The kiddies were treated to ice-cream sundaes, complete with sprinkles, as part of the kids meal. Tiny proceeded to feed most of her ice-cream to her Daddy while Miss Four was in sugar heaven. I should add that she had donned lippy and stick-on earrings in preparation for the 'fancy restaurant.'

Overall the night was a hit and we will definitely be going back! Meals aren't cheap but the food was great and we were won over by the lovely atmosphere and service. I think the girls were excited by the romantic vibe (think mood lighting and tea light candles) as their behaviour was impeccable - colouring in materials helped of course! Highly recommend. A fantastic little restaurant to introduce young ones to fine dining.


12-18 Claremont Ave, Malvern 3144 VIC Ph +61 3 9576 0356


Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 6pm-11pm

Lunch Wednesday - Sunday 12 noon-3pm

Weekend Breakfast - 8am-3pm


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