Moms know how tough it can be to eat out with little ones. Patch wants to help you know before you walk in the door if Ginza is a good place to eat with your children.
Is there a kids’ menu? Not officially, but there are definitely kid friendly items. As a Japanese food lover, I understand that it may not seem to be the most kid-friendly but in my experience I find that kids tend to like the unagi (soy glazed cooked eel) because it's sweet and savory. Tamago (the egg custard) is also cooked and sweet and a hit with the kids. The udon noodles are a favorite as is the shrimp tempura. The vegetable tempuras are also quite kid friendly (my own favorite is sweet potato tempura).
Are there healthy options on the kids’ meal? Brown rice is quite healthy, as are all the salads, vegetable rolls (avocado, asparagus, cucumber, spinach, mixed vegetable) and some of the other rolls. Most of the sushi is very healthy (no oil, no added fat, etc.) but I know that many kids are reluctant to eat raw fish.
How does the restaurant deal with food allergies? Alert your server and they will be as accommodating as they can be.
Is the restaurant so quiet that any childish outburst will draw attention or is there enough noise that a small cry is likely to go unnoticed? Noise levels depend on how filled the main dining room is. There is another dining area in the back that seems more secluded from the main dining room which could prove ideal for a family with lots of loud children.
For the full review of Ginza, check back with Narberth-Bala Cynwyd Patch on Thursday.