109 Edward Street
T: 3221 5691
Rating out of 5: 3.5 child friendly forks - great to take the children for a lunchtime quick bite with Daddy, but essentially not set up for kids.
Clean highchairs available? Yes.
Pram access? There was enough room but there arestairs. So you would need assistance to carry the pram down.
Kids' menu? No, but plenty to choose from off the adult menu.
Play area? No.
Activities at the table? No.
Room for kids to move around? Yes, but limited.
Child friendly atmosphere? Yes.
Prices? Reasonable- normal cafe prices.
From the street, Verve is very discreet and hidden, but once you venture down the stairs it is an amazing and vibrant space. Initially it feels like you are entering a nightclub as the lights are dim and the music is louder than the average lunchtime restaurant. But this is why primarily I thought it was a great option for kids. It is loud enough, without being deafening (you can still hear each other speak), that children will not be annoying or disruptive to those seated around them. You don't have to continually remind them to keep their voices down or stop tapping their cutlery!!
The walls are covered in colourful and interesting skateboard artwork, which was of particular interest for our kids. The tables and chairs are very basic, and it suits the space and feels very much like its name - "Verve".
The salmon cakes were delicious and suitable for children to share - with a little help from the kitchen to "hold the pesto". But there were many other options that could be tailored to kids.
I am not suggesting that this is a place to take your children for a play date. I thought it was more suitable if Dad or a friend works in town and you wanted to take the children into the city on school holidays for a lunchtime catch up. Afterwards you can always venture down to the Botanical Gardens, catch a Citycat from the Riverside ferry stop, or go for a beautiful river side bike ride for an after-lunch school holiday activity. Have fun!!
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