The thing about living in house full of boys is that sport figures hugely into your lifestyle. At the moment it is all about rugby, from Friday to Sunday our lives revolve around training, playing and watching this game that was meant to be made in heaven! However not being a sporty soul, I tend to spend my time trying to work out where my pre/post match coffee/wine will be, rather than watching Israel Folau earn his multi million dollar contract.
So last weekend when we found ourselves at the Footy Stadium in Moore Park I had a quick squizz on my go to site - Urbanspoon - to see what the best place to eat with kids would be in the local area. The many restaurants of the Entertainment Quarter Village kept popping up, so I chose one of those. When we got there it was closed and most of the others were full of post match revellers. As a result we ended up in RumFire - the restaurant that had the worst reviews on Urbanspoon! I'm not sure why all the reviews are so bad (and trust me they are VERY bad) because we had a great experience and I would happily go back next time we go to watch a footy game or visit one of the many family friendly places located in the EQ Village.
RumFire is a huge space that has a cafe on one side and restaurant/bar on the other. There is also loads of outdoor seating and the whole place is pram friendly. They have high chairs, a kids menu, friendly staff (who are mainly backpackers/overseas students so there is a bit of a language barrier at times) and clean toilet facilities. There isn't a baby change table but there is a unisex handicapped loo that has enough room for you and your pram. The parking station is close by as well, so you don't have to walk for ages when you have little feet in tow.
RumFire is a bit "self help". By this I mean you grab a menu as you walk in, find your own table and order your meal and drinks up at the front counter. The staff then bring your drinks and meals to where you are seated. I think we waited a maximum of 15 minutes for our order to arrive and the restaurant was quite busy, so I was quite impressed as this is exactly what you need when dining out with tired and hungry kids.
Children have their own menu - the Kid's Corner - and it is priced at $9.50. It contains your usual suspects - nuggets/calamari/fish with chips or penne napolitana. On weekdays at lunch time this menu is reduced in price to $6! The boys didn't eat from this menu, instead they shared the pizzas that we ordered. Pizzas come in two sizes - small ones are $15.50 and large ones are $22.50. Two large pizzas fed us easily. We had the Hawaiian and the Prosciutto pizzas and they are perfectly stone baked with thin and crispy bases. Being a bit of an olive fiend I would have loved for them to have thrown a few more on the prosciutto pizza, but that would be my only complaint.
If you prefer something other than pizza the menu is large and varied. It contains everything from burgers to barramundi and you can even have a seafood platter for two. There are both vegetarian and gluten free choices available. Most items on the menu range from $20 - $30 and if you need a vino to survive your dining out experience with kids, their wine list is quite reasonably priced! Monday - Friday RumFire also has a cheap "special" lunch menu that costs from $10.00 - $12.50, so this would be a perfect spot to stop in at after you have been to the movies or visited Monkey Mania both of which are located within the EQ precinct.
RumFire does have a dessert menu in the restaurant but we decided to pop next door to the cafe and have ice cream instead. There are stacks of sweet treats in the cake cabinet in here and they brew Campos beans, so if you are in the mood for coffee and cake this is the place to go. Breakfast is also available in the cafe and it ranges in price from $4.00 for toast up to $18.00 for their big breakfast. This would be perfect on a Wednesday or Saturday morning as you can then head to the family friendly EQ Village Markets afterwards.
So tell me Little Munchers, are you too scared to enter a restaurant that has so many bad reviews? Or do you act on your own instincts?
Shop 2151, 122 Lang Rd
Moore Park NSW 2021
02 9331 0008
Open 7 days