You will find Coco Cubano restaurants dotted all around Sydney. They are a chain of funky Cuban inspired eateries that welcome kids with open arms! Especially during their kids hour, which runs from 3pm - 6pm every Monday - Friday. During this time kids can order any meal, or any crazy shake for only $4.90 from the kids menu. So it makes it the perfect place to go for an after school treat, or an early dinner with the fambam.
We popped into the Blacktown location recently for a late lunch - it's on the top floor of the Westpoint Shopping Centre. However you will also find Coco Cubano restaurants in Parramatta, Rouse Hill, Crows Nest, Darlinghurst, Campbelltown, Penrith, Ryde, Kensington and also in the city at Central Park. Each location is styled similarly with quirky knick knacks dotted everywhere, bright coloured flowers, comfy lounges, retro seating and pretty mosaic tiling all featuring. The stores are reasonably easy to access with prams, they have high chairs and normally have a baby change table in their bathrooms. And you can make a booking. So they tick loads of the family friendly dining boxes.
The other big box they tick, is providing activities for kidlets. They have a huge Coco Cubano Kids Club activity sheet that doubles as a kids menu. The sheet has loads of colouring in and puzzles on it which should hopefully see your offspring occupied for most of the time you are in the restaurant. I bet you will even find yourself mindlessly helping out with the colouring in too!
Just to let you know the qualifying age of kidlets for the happy hour deal, is for anyone 17 years and younger, but during normal times the kids menu is only available for peeps who are 12 years and under.
So what can kids actually eat at Coco Cubano? Well there are 5 options on the Kids Menu - Ham & Cheese Toastie ($7.90); Hamburger & Chips ($9.90); Chicken Strips & Chips ($9.90); Crispy Calamari & Chips ($9.90); or Nachos ($9.90). My dudes went with their usual chicken strips & chips, and they were both a bit put off at first when it arrived looking a tad black (I think they may have even said a little too loudly, that the chef had burnt their lunch). But chef did no such thing, it's the Cuban spice coating that is dark looking, and gosh it was delicious. As was the chicken inside - very tender indeed, and my boys gobbled it all up, after some reassurance. If you venture to Coco Cubano for breakfast they have a kids special of a poached egg on toast with a hash brown, or your babes can just have plain toast and spreads for $3.90.
The Crazy Shake selection is very tempting for kids and adults alike. There's a Gummy Bear Shake, Banana Choc Bomb Shake, Salty Caramel Shake or your Classic Milkshake on offer. Our lads shared one of the Gummy Bear shakes, much to their displeasure, but I know that they can never finish one each (they only want to eat the topping and lick the chocolate from around the edge anyway). The shakes are big, so I suggest if you have younger kids, you do the same - just ask the waitperson for 2 straws.
The adults food is obviously inspired by the cuisine of Cuba. The Coco Cubano restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks in between meals. To kick start the day you can fill your bellies with a Havana Feast (aka the big brekkie), a Healthy Start (poached eggs inside avocado halves topped with salsa), a Chorizo Wrap or Banana Bread served with Ice Cream, to name but a few. And at lunch and dinner time you can have a light meal such as a toasted chicken wrap or nachos, up to a full blown burger or a rack of ribs. There are salads for the health conscious, as well as small selection of vegetarian options. For a sweet treat there are churros, brownies, souffles and waffles, plus a giant ice cream sandwich! And of course the crazy shakes can be ordered for adults too.
It can be so expensive dining out with kids that's for sure, and I think Coco Cubano are so smart having a kids happy hour, well it's actually 3 hours isn't it! It provides families with a reasonable option for dining out mid week, and because of that mega activity sheet to occupy the sprogs, it should be a relative peacefully experience. And if it all goes pear shaped, you are so within your rights to order yourself a dirty big mojito to survive, as Coco Cubano is fully licensed! Enjoy x
Open 7 days
Restaurant hours vary depending on location