No children menu here!


Ici il n’y a pas de "menu-enfant"

C’est à dire, pas de steak haché d’origine incertaine, pas de jambon poly phosphaté, pas de poisson carré ni de "cordon bleu", pas de purée industrielle, pas plus que de ketchup ou de sodas … Ici les enfants ont droit aux plaisirs de la table et à celui de découvrir les saveurs. Ici ils mangent de la vraie cuisine comme papa et maman. Le goût est culturel, il s’apprend et malheureusement ce n’est pas dans les cantines scolaires que nos enfants le découvriront. Peut-être est-il encore temps de réagir !!!

No children menu here.

That is to say, no hamburger meat of uncertain origin, no chemically treated ham, no fish sticks nor "cordon bleu", no dehydrated spuds, not even ketchup or soda. … Here the kids have the rights to the pleasure of the table and the discovery of flavors. Here, they eat real food, real cuisine, just like daddy and mommy. Taste is cultural, it is learnt, and sadly it’s not something our children can acquire in the school cafeteria. Perhaps there is still time to do something about it!!!

Found on the ‘menu’ at an underground restaurant with a super cute name, Le Lapin Tant Pis, in Forcalquier, Provence.

Nothing to add, really, well, except, AMEN brother.

(Image borrowed from Tagaland. Warning: that site contains low music.)

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20 Responses to “No children menu here!

  • Elise said:
    August 7th, 2007 at 9:12pm

    Oh Pim, they don’t have this stupid kid’s menu trend in France too? C’est horrible! Talk about how to ruin a culinary tradition in one generation.

  • stephane said:
    August 7th, 2007 at 10:02pm

    Gerard Vives est un personnage! Son restaurant une institution dans la région.

  • At Home with kim vallee said:
    August 7th, 2007 at 10:22pm

    My husband was ordering snails at 5 or 6 years old. If a waiter brought him the kid menu, he answered that he eats the same things as adults. If you teach them early, kids developed better habits.

  • foodette said:
    August 7th, 2007 at 10:34pm

    Tres Bien!

  • Owen said:
    August 7th, 2007 at 11:42pm

    Hey Pim – totally agree. I have been places where the kids menu is a more limited selection of the main menu with smaller portions – that’s probably OK – but my kids have been eating at restaurants since they were less than a month old (OK – at that time they did eat from the extra special kids menu that is available everywhere and not to any other diners). As a result they know how to behave, how to order, what things mean and they have a broad appreciation of food. They will try almost anything (well the vegetarian one won’t but she would if she let herself) and they are quite able to judge the quality of the food. They are picky in the sense that they won’t eat at fast food places. Etc.
    They can both cook some things without recipes and they can both follow a recipe. They don’t have a wide range of techniques down yet, but how many modern American parents get brought crepes in bed in the morning by their kids?

  • San said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 3:49am

    Ahhhhhhhhh ! Enfin un restaurant qui a tout compris et qui ne se gêne pas de le dire. MERCI ! Et je retiens l’adresse 😉

  • Mary said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 4:39am

    J’adore le commentaire de Gérard Vives au sujet des légumes cultivés hors sol, “peut-on parler de terroir lorsqu’il n’y a plus de terre?” Merci Pim de nous avoir signalé ce site. Je passerai l’adresse à mes amis en France, ceux avec les enfants super-bien élevés. Je dis tout le temps que je m’en ferai un si je pouvais l’avoir en France.

  • estnet said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 4:41am

    So wonderful.
    Since my children never were offered a “children’s menu” I had to stop and think….oh yes we didn’t eat at chain restaurants and chinese, japanese, etc. (even in the US) just have the idea that children eat what their parents share with them – what a notion 🙂

  • B said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 5:19am

    This is fantastic – my blogging partner N has done a lot of research into the terrible things we feed kids all over the developed world these days. It must be stopped!
    Hand to Mouth

  • veron said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 5:32am

    Oh ….they got to have ketchup at least ;).

  • Evelin said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 9:15am

    That’s so right!
    A friend of mine has always loved oysters. Yes, she’s the one who was offered oysters already when she was in kindergarten (Why was I never the one?) and actually loved them. So there she was, a little girl, at a restaurant with her parents and ordered oysters. The waiter didn’t bring her the oysters. Why? He explained that ‘little children never like them’. What service is this?? Fortunately, after some not-so-nice talk with the waiter she finally got what she wanted.

  • blondee47 said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 10:17am

    I remember the first time i tasted a boiled lobster…eight years old and on vacation in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, I had one to myself and fell in love then…

  • Stephen said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 11:03am

    That’s awesome. No one, especially kids should be eating those chemicals. I wish more places took that approach. Food should be a beautiful experience, not a mass produced and chemical filled necessity.

  • Stephen said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 11:05am

    That’s awesome. No one, especially kids should be eating those chemicals. I wish more places took that approach. Food should be a beautiful experience, not a mass produced and chemical filled necessity.

  • Gregg said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 4:15pm

    Hi Pim
    nice post, this is one of my big personal bug-bears. I won’t go to a restaurant that doesn’t accept that my son is another patron and that we are a party of three (not 2+highchair, although we do always make mention of his seating “requirements” when we book as it’s a good indication of the attitude they will have).
    He eats what we eat at home so why not when we go out?

  • catherine ross said:
    August 8th, 2007 at 10:52pm

    hurrah! kids have taste, you know?

  • Traveller said:
    August 13th, 2007 at 6:58am

    Hah! Can’t agree more. The things children like to eat now-a-days…

  • Yishay Mor said:
    August 14th, 2007 at 5:56pm

    Yeah! well, you know, I’ve got a 10 yr old who gets deeply offended is someone tries to hand him a kid’s menu. The only time he conceded was at Bofinger, and well, as he said ( ‘Man, grown ups don’t get this kinda stuff in England!’
    The little one dreams of oysters. Unfortunately, years of English education have worn her down. She considers sweet baked beans from a can a breakfast delight. Sigh.
    Now there’s this new Food Dudes craze (, and you know what they discovered, after years of scientific research? That gets learn to like what they get used to. Stop press! If you feed them cr@% they like cr@%. if you give them a choice of good food, they like good food. wow. who would have thought?

  • Eric said:
    August 30th, 2007 at 7:17pm

    This subject always ruffles my feathers a bit. I’ve posted about this on my blog, and it is a subject that concerns me greatly. I have a beautiful five year old. The daughter of two culinary school graduates…devout foodies who seek out unique food experiences at every turn. Our daughter does not experience chain restaurants, processed foods, junk foods, Kool-Aid, McNuggets, or any other contrived and genetically modified foolishness. She has also eaten at a variety of quality restaurants.
    However, almost every meal with a new food is a battle, usually ending in tears (either mine or hers). Food, and eating in general, is a bother to my child. An inconvenient interruption to the important business of make believe,scooter-riding or painting.
    When I read some of the previous posts, it hits me like a kick in the stomach. Part of me doesn’t believe it. It can’t be so simple as treat a small child like an adult, and they will eat like an adult. If so, we would be much further ahead.
    In a recent article in the New York Times, Mario Batali stated that his daughter would not eat anything green. This made me very happy. I’m among good company.
    All you other people that have children that eat oysters at four years old, adolescents that seek out French delicacies , and children that cook ten-course degustation menus from memory…please …for the sake of us mere mortals..keep it to yourself.

  • scrambled CAKE said:
    September 8th, 2007 at 8:01pm

    I sympathize with Eric’s issue. Some kids are picky eaters and it would be difficult for his or her parents to dine out if said child cannot get a bowl of plain pasta. Most restaurants go into overkill here and offer the pasta, the orange mac and cheese from a box, burgers, nuggets and other foods that are far removed from the adult menu. I would love to see more resturants offer kid-sized portions of real, adult food.

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