It's the start of the half-term holidays, so to celebrate Mum & Dad are taking us out for dinner. As you know we like to try new restaurants that we've not been to before, and recently quite a few places have opened in Balham, one of them is called Arlo's.
Arlo's say they are 'Serious About Steak' and I'm not too keen on steak, but as Dad keeps saying, you have to try things before you know whether you like them... PLUS it is a treat, and apparently there are milkshakes...
... AND THERE WERE! They have loads of cool flavours; I had the Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and my sister had the Raspberry Pavlova. You have to pay a bit more to get the milkshake (£2.50 extra. The kids' menu comes with juice) but it's definitely worth it.
Talking of the kids' menu, it's pretty simple. You can have steak or macaroni cheese for a main, and a choice of two puddings (ice cream or a mini ice cream sundae) and a drink.
The menu itself has some colouring-in, and some stickers, so you can decorate the monsters on the menu. As I've said before, I'm not a big fan of colouring in, I prefer puzzles on menus, so I turned my sheet over and did some drawing instead. My sister seemed to really like the colouring though.
Most kids like macaroni cheese, so that's a really good thing to have on a kids' menu. Tonight though I wanted to try the steak which comes with broccoli & chips.
At first I thought the steak was chewy, but Dad showed me that you have to cut it into smaller pieces (I'd put quite a big piece in my mouth first time!). He was right. Once I'd cut it smaller, it was perfect. I ate all the steak, and all the chips, but I didn't eat much of the broccoli. I thought it looked too much like asparagus (which I don't like) but Dad told me it was 'Tenderstem Broccoli' so I tried it and actually it was pretty delicious.
Emily had the macaroni cheese. I had a couple of spoonfuls on my plate (I swapped some of my steak for some of her dinner!) and really liked it. It was even better than the macaroni cheese we get at school, and that's my favourite school dinner!
As if a steak dinner and a milkshake wasn't enough there was still time to try the sundae (even though it was a Friday!).
I had broken-up Oreos on mine, and Emily chose the M&Ms - it's great to find a fun dessert on a kids' menu - most places have a boring scoop of ice-cream!
We really enjoyed our half-term treat at Arlo's, and actually it was a really good time to go. For the whole of half-term kids can eat for free - which is brilliant!*
Normally the kids' menu costs £7 which is pretty good for what you get, the food was delicious.
One thing I really enjoyed was the music - there were some cool songs on that you can rock-out to between courses. We'll definitely be coming back!
FOOD: E5 R5 = 10/10
ATMOSPHERE: E4.5 R5 = 9.5/10
FRIENDLINESS: E5 R5 = 10/10
KIDS MENU: E4.5 R4.5 = 9/10
KID-FRIENDLY: E5 R5 = 10/10
* October half-term 2016
MUM & DAD'S DISCLAIMER: We ate as guests of Arlo's, although Riley and Emily were unaware of this and reviewed as impartially and honestly as ever.
PS - if you'd like a review of the grown-ups' menu then we liked what Laura has written on her 'A Second Serving' blog.