Never too young for gourmet delights
KIDS as young as two are being treated to adult dining, and parents are not too worried about the costs involved.
Households splash on average about $100 per restaurant outing or almost $2300 a year, new research has revealed. And once their tiny tots reach 22 months they are happy to take them to restaurants to give their tastebuds a workout.
New independent research commissioned on behalf of restaurant reservation platform OpenTable found 39 per cent of parents are happy to spend more than $100 when dining out with their gourmet kids.
As for kids’ meals, $14 is the average price parents are willing to fork out for each meal.
OpenTable spokesman Tim Domelow said research showed families have restaurant meals twice a month.
“Australians are known for being advocates for dining out so it’s no surprise that our children are being exposed to gourmet tendencies from a young age,” he said.
Mr Domelow said many younger families did not want to change their lifestyles after having children so eating out regularly was becoming the norm.