Saturday, 4 February 2017

Toddler Friendly Places to Eat : Bodega Leicester

Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Eating out with my 2 year old is one of the most stressful situations for me as a parent. He has been known to throw cutlery across a restaurant, shout and scream, not sit still and generally be very hard work. It can be hard to find a place ideal for him when we're out at lunch times;  the thought of him having a tantrum because he's hungry and fed up of waiting for his food makes me shy away from places I would eat at without him. And then there's the battle between good, nutritional food and convenience. I would often find myself heading for certain fast food restaurants simply for the ease and speed of service, but of course I don't want to be feeding my toddler fast food every time we're out...

I decided to start a new series on my blog, visiting different restaurants and reviewing how Toddler Friendly they are.


Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega
Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Last week, we headed for Bodega Cantina, a South American restaurant in the heart of Leicester City Centre. I first visited Bodega on their soft launch night and fell in love with their quirky decor and amazing quesadillas! 

We were greeted by manager Benji who was super friendly towards Taylor, he got down on his level to speak to him and even welcomed him by signing hello Mr Tumble style. 

We were able to choose our own table, with it being a nice quiet lunch time. I aptly chose a nice table with comfortable seats, in a corner so he couldn't escape, haha (believe me, this was a good move!


Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega
Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Entertainment

Keeping Taylor amused is very difficult, he's not a child that will sit still for very long. So this is something that is so important to me when eating out; does the restaurant offer anything to keep young children amused while waiting for their food?

Taylor was given a 'Nino's Menu' which included puzzles aimed at older children but younger children could also mark make as they wished, along with a super cool colouring sheet of a mask  and colouring pencils. 

Whilst we were waiting for our food, manager Benji came over and demonstrated his balloon modelling skills, making Taylor a pirate sword! And a little later a dog, after he managed to pop the sword! Such a lovely touch, he loved it!


Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega
Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Menu

Many kids menus are quite standard. I'm looking for variety and nutritional options...

At Bodega, there are 4 options to choose from inc. pizzadilla and homemade meatballs -yum! and all come with juice and a healthy snack pot. We chose chicken and cheese tortillas with sweet potato fries. He loved it and I was very happy he was eating good, fresh, nutritional food. The snack pot was a great idea for him to snack on whilst waiting for his food. I had quesadillas which are pretty much the same thing. SO tasty!

For dessert we chose vanilla ice cream with toffee sauce, which he enjoyed pinching Mummy's tasty churros to dip in to!


Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega
Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega
Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Overall, we had a lovely lunch time at Bodega. I was very happy with the food options for Taylor, how quickly we received the food and how attentive the staff were. Taylor did get a little silly at times, jumping on the seats, shouting, etc, but it wasn't too stressful as we didn't have to wait long before something was bought over to keep him amused.

I most definitely would recommend Bodega as a Toddler Friendly Place to Eat, and will be happy to visit them with my little whirlwind again very soon.


Toddler friendly, restaurant review, leicester, bodega


Do you struggle to eat out with your toddler?
Any tips?




Many thanks to Benji and all at Bodega Cantina, Leicester.
We received complimentary meals in return for a full review.
As always, all words, opinions and amazing wit are my own.





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74 comments

  1. Ooh we have a Bodega opening in Derby soon & those Churros look delicious. I'll definitely be ordering some of those!

    Monet // monetsmemoirs.com

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  3. This place looks fantastic. Eating out with little ones is so hard! It causes my husband and lot of stress 😉

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    1. I have every sympathy for anyone with whirlwind children like mine! :)

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  4. I never thought about how stressful dining out with children could be, but I'm glad you found an awesome option at Bodega! I've never been to one before but it looks like a good time.

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  5. That's so good to try find out how toddler friendly certain places are as I'm sure it's not easy when eating out with children when they might want to be a little difficult.

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  6. This is a really useful post and such a nice idea x

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  7. It certainly sounds like Bodega Cantina does a very good job of catering to customers with small children. Having activities to keep the children occupied whilst waiting for their food and even giving them special balloons is fantastic. It also sounds like you were happy with their children's menu.

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    1. I was, it was an almost stress free experience, which is a good day out in my experience :)

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  8. It so hard to find good places that cater for children's needs, I really like the look of this place and im so glad to see that they have activities on offer for entertain the smalls :) x

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  9. It is always lovely to find somewhere child friendly to eat, as it makes it such a nicer experience when eating out x

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  10. That looks brilliant for toddlers. I always get jealous when I see a kid with a colouring and I want to do it!

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  11. Oh it looks like such an amazing place to eat - I really love churros too!

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  12. This sounds lovely and hope you get to go with him more often! It shows the difference the small things like entertainment make x

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  13. This sounds a lovely place to go with your toddler (and for adults too!) The manager sounds great and the food good as well!

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  14. This looks like a good restaurant. It's great to see places that cater well for kids too x

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  15. Bodega sounds like a wonderful place to go to with your family in tow, I love the sound of the sweet potato fries. It is great that the staff are so attentive.

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  16. I haven't seen this restaurant near me but I'd definitely recommend it to my friends with kids if it was because I think it really is so kid friendly! xxx

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  17. That's so nice that the staff made an effort with your little one as opposed to just ignoring him like some people do x

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  18. What a fab restaurant and it's great it's so child friendly! x

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  19. Oh, its nice to know that we have these restaurant. This is perfect for parents who are having a hard time on eating to restaurants with their kids.

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  20. This sounds like a fab places to eat out with kids. My little ones get board waiting for their food to arrive, so this would be perfect for them

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  21. I don't have to worry about child friendly places but I do like eating in Bodega. The food is great

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  22. I don't have these worries but I do like to see child friendly eateries so well done Bodega x

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  23. Sounds like a great restaurant I don't think we have one near here unfortunately but we do have a lot of child friendly eateries x

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  24. That food looks amazing! It's always hard when eating out with a toddler but this place looks really good. #TuesdayTreasures

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  25. Looks a great place to bring my kids, I would love to go there I bet they will enjoy

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  26. What a great feature idea! I have a toddler and it is so hard deciding where to take him. Botega sounds great.

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  27. I don't have a child myself, but I think it's so cool when restaurants cater to the little ones as well! You can't lose with Mexican food :)

    Xo,

    Megan at Lush to Blush

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  28. This is a great idea for a series! It is hard to know where to eat with little ones. Love how there was balloon modelling whilst you waited! x

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  29. This looks like a great place to bring children! Also the food looks yummy!

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  30. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure it will help so many parents at the same time allow kids to enjoy as well--everyone wins! Also, those churros look good

    KatrinaJeanCarter.wordpress.com

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  31. The kids menu looks great! Love the entertainment factor! Thankfully I'm relatively good in restaurants x

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  32. Wow it looks great there I must try taking little man and seeing what he thinks.

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  33. I used ot live in Leicester and love Bodega! Sounds like you had a great time x

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  34. Looks like a child friendly place. My kids always need entertainment.

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  35. This sounds like such a great place for toddlers to eat! I'm quite lucky with Oscar as he sees his big sister behaving when we're out for dinner and follows her lead. I wish he'd do the same at home though - one mouthful of food and he becomes a monster! LOL

    Louise x

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  36. Mine would have been sold with the Churros. Finding somewhere child friendly can be a nightmare

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  37. It's so hard to find a good child friendly restaurant, it looks like you had fun and some delicious food. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

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  38. It can be so hard to eat out with kids glad it was a success!

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