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.

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