All this month, we’ll be introducing 50 picks for some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Beijing. These reviews originally appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of beijingkids (see end of post).
The Filling Station 揣着
Type of cuisine: American
English menu? English with pictures
General kid-friendliness of menu: Very kid-friendly items on the regular menu and kids’ menu. Kids’ menu items are all homemade and MSG-free with reduced levels of salt, spices and fat.
Best dishes for adults: Filling Station Burger (8oz imported beef burger with fries, lettuce, tomato, pickles served with coleslaw, RMB 68), Ribs n’ Ribs (huge rack of BBQ pork ribs with fries and slaw, RMB 166), BLAT sandwich (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato served on a toasted white baguette, RMB 50)
Kids’ menu? Yes
Best dishes for kids: Cheese hammy egg in boat (ham and cheese on toast with a fried egg); junior burger with lettuce, tomato and pickles; meatball mountain with spaghetti, and four
veggies hidden inside – all kids’ meals for ages 12 and under are RMB 35.
Kids’ play area? Yes, a great large play area (ball pit, toys and video games) lies just outside of restaurant doors; its glass panels allow parents keep a watchful eye.
Play areas nearby: There’s a shopping strip by WAB.
Kid-friendly staff? Yes, English-speaking and attentive
Bathroom: Clean, sit-down; no changing table
Seating: Tables, chairs and booths; outdoor terrace seating during warm weather; highchairs available
Price: RMB 250
Credit card accepted? Yes, both Chinese and foreign
Parking? Roadside parking is free
Must-order item: The Harley, an 8oz fillet steak served with seasoned fries and coleslaw and a black pepper sauce (RMB 128), or any of their five signature burgers (RMB 58-98).
In a nutshell: Large variety of menu items to choose from, American diner feel to restaurant – very casual and family-friendly.
Additional notes: Weeknight specials include buy-one-get-one burgers on Mondays, and kids 12 and under eat free on Wednesdays.
Also try: Hungry Horse, Let’s Burger
Photo Courtesy of Lova