Amélies, Porthleven launched a new kids’ menu with a twist this week, featuring dishes designed and approved by the owner’s daughter Amélie, after whom the restaurant is named.
Amélie Sheffield-Dunstan, who has just turned six years old, was aged just six months when the restaurant on Breageside in Porthleven was opened by her mum Sam, so she really has as grown up around food. She loves nothing more than popping into the kitchen with head chef Paul James (who’s also a big kid at heart) and often puts on her chef’s whites and cooks at home.
Sam said: “We’re all about family at Amélies and we wanted to focus on the food we provide for kids being as special as what we plate up for the adults. That means attention to detail, great presentation and taste and, of course, providing dishes the kids want to eat.
“Amélie and I often cook together at home and dishes like our Mish Mash chicken with oodles of noodles were inspired by Amélie’s home-cooked favourites.”
Each time Amélies launches a new menu the staff are invited to try the dishes so that they know what each tastes like and can ask any questions of the chef. So, naturally the new childrens’ menu was launched this week with a tasting by the people who matter – the kids. Amélie’s friends and the children of some of the staff went along for a tasting cooked by Amélie herself (ably assisted by Head Chef Paul).
Amélie said: “It was really fun having my friends here to share the food. I liked dinging the bell to get service to the kitchen!”
The dishes were a big hit with the kids, aged between two and eight who tucked into everything from pizzas and ratatouille to squid and locally landed fish.
Imogen Michael, 5, is a fussy eater at home according to Mum Sam, but at the tasting she happily tried everything and even discovered a new love of squid!
Ruby Mitchell, aged 6, said, “Amélies is brilliant. It’s the best burger I’ve ever had and the pasta is yummy. Children’s menu’s are really great because they have chocolate and ice lollies after — I had a red flavoured one which was super delicious!”
Liam Atkinson, 6, added: “Amélies is the best restaurant because I can meet all my friends here and we love the food.”
As well as the new menu, Amélies also has Lego on hand to entertain children at the tables or on the nearby sofas, as well as the chance to borrow a crab line so you can fish from the harbour. Budding artists can try their hand at colouring in a pirate ship and the restaurant even offers pizza parties where groups of eight or more children to cook and eat their own pizza.