Looking for a kid-friendly restaurant in Melbourne with great views of the Yarra River and Flinders Street Station? Then I suggest you head to Bluetrain in Southgate.
Dinner at Bluetrain
Located on the the upper level at Southgate along the Southbank precinct, Bluetrain is a modern cafe and bar offering a children's menu with the usual dishes; hot dogs, crumbed chicken and chips. The kid's menu is one of those paper ones that can be coloured-in with a cup full of crayons.
Adult dishes are varied; healthy, tasty and reasonably priced. I've had the Tofu Tacos and the Spiced Vegetarian Moussaka and enjoyed both. My husband has tried the Spicy Kale and Chipotle Chickpea Salad with lamb as an extra.
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The food is great and children are very welcome here, although what I would say is the views of the city are the main attraction. It isn't always possible to get a table by the window (and you can't pre-book) but on both occasions for lunch and dinner, we've been been lucky.
The kids loved looking out over the Yarra River and watching the trains chug in and out of Flinders Street Station. The winter sunset is probably the best time, when the lights start twinkling over the water at a time that isn't too late for kiddies.
Do check out Bluetrain if you're looking for a great spot to eat place to eat in the city with your children in tow.