To be honest, we were just planning to grab a bite at the Crown Food Court prior to heading over to the Aquarium, but due to an unpleasant encounter with a rude, fat, welfare cheating gambler bully who took our table under extremely unethical circumstances, we had to look for an alternative lunching spot. Fortunately our lunch @ The Pub at Crown turned out to be a most pleasant experience - just shows you that sometimes things happen for a good reason!
We were seated immediately at a spacious table with plenty of room for a pram. A quick scan of the menu turned up with most of the usual suspects that are available at a pub bistro. The surprising thing was that the prices weren't THAT bad considering it's at Crown. The also had a separate Kids' Menu (always a good sign that the kids are welcome!)
I know it's extremely awful sounding but going to the Aquarium made me want to eat seafood. I had the Seafood Tasting Plate at $16.50 and it hit the spot quite well for lunch. In fact it was just like I had gone to The Conservatory round the corner and filled my plate from the seafood buffet.
Yes, prawn legs in my oysters, but everything tasted pretty good!
We also ordered the Chargrilled Rump Steak which was one of the specials of the day. It was cooked medium as we ordered and had a peppercorn sauce and was delicious and not-too-expensive at $15!
The kids had their own menu and yes, they had fried stuff with chips, but I wasn't really in the mood to push "healthy" on the day. They had their juice on the side, and the special "sweet treat" mentioned in the menu turned out to be a chuppa chup, which they plucked out from a giant container full of chuppa chups. Cheap as the "treat" was, the kids were gleefully happy about it. And you really can't ask for more than that! The staff were generally helpful and the other patrons (on the bistro side of course) all seemed fine with kids. There were certainly plenty of other families there on the day.
Chicken Nuggets and Chips (OK I didn't need this caption)
To top it off Hubby got to sneak round to the pub side and catch the cricket score so he was a happy chappy, and we were all set to spend the afternoon at the Aquarium!
Eat.Play.Shop. Recommends : Checking out The Pub if you want to avoid the crowds at the food court but not want to spend too much money.
Give it a Miss : Might want to order something healthier for the kids than what we did.....
Highchairs : Yes
Toilets: Yes, The Pub has their own, or else the Parents Room facilities at the West End side of Crown are very clean and regularly inspected