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Welcome to Food School!

It’s not always easy to get kids to eat healthily or try new flavours, so when you need a bit of help, we’ve got plenty of family-friendly restaurants to encourage your little ones to be more adventurous. Turn lunchtime into a fun-filled, round-the-world experience, where they can learn about new places and try tasty new dishes at the same time.
 
First stop: Portugal
 


Portugal has always been famous for explorers and Nandos’ special Nandinos menu is the perfect way to get your young pioneers to try something new. Their menu for under 10s has milder peri spices, such as the BBQ-style PERI-tamer, so they can have the same tasty chicken as mum and dad. There’s also a delicious Sweet Potato and Butternut Burger as a veggie option. With a choice of 2 dino sides and dessert (including bottomless frozen yogurt – yum) for just £5.95, it’s a great place to start your worldwide tour!
 


Fun facts to learn while the food is on the way…
 
The Portuguese flag:


 
Portugal’s capital city:
Lisbon
 
3 lands discovered by the Portuguese:
Australia, Greenland, Newfoundland (even we needed to find the last one on a map!)
 
Handy phrases to know at Nandos:
This is so cool - isto é o màximo!
 
Did you know?
While Nandos is famous for Portuguese food, the first ever Nandos was in Johannesburg, South Africa
 
Famous Portuguese people:
Cristiano Ronaldo, footballer
 
 
We’re off to Italy


 
Eating out in Italy is a real family affair, so Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant inside Next has everything covered. His Bambino menu for under 10s is full of great ideas including the chance to build your own pizza and ice cream sundae, and there’s a colouring section on the menu where kids can go to town on their creations.  After their meal, let them jump down from the table to enjoy a range of free activities, including pool, table football, or striking a pose and getting papped in Gino’s selfie mirror. No passport required!


 
A quick quiz before the table football begins…
 
The Italian flag:


 
Italy’s capital city:
Rome
 
How to spot Italy on the map:
It looks like a high heeled boot, kicking the island of Sardinia
 
Did you know?
Gino D’Acampo is from the Italian city of Naples, where pizza was invented!
 
Handy phrases to know at Gino’s:
I am hungry - Ho fame
 
Famous Italian people:
Leonardo da Vinci. And The Pope
 
 
Hola Mexico!


 
Mexican food is mostly very simple and totally delicious, so once your kids have tried it, they’ll definitely want to come back for more. Barburrito will let them pick from a range of things to make their own special burrito in a smaller size, choosing from different protein and rice, mild or spicy beans, filling, veg and three types of salsa to suit their taste. The whole family can also enjoy sharing portions of fries, tortilla chips and chicken wings!
 


More things to learn. ¡Arriba, arriba!
 
The Mexican flag:


 
Mexico’s capital city:
Mexico City
 
Say what?:
Mexico has more Spanish speakers than any other country in the world, including Spain!
 
Handy phrases to know at Barburrito:
This is delicious - Esto es delicioso
 
Famous Mexican people:
Hector from the film Coco (also known as Gael Garcia Bernal)
 
 
Japan, here we come!



YO! Sushi is great fun for kids. Their Mini Ninja meal deal includes a starter, main and a drink for just £5.95 and you can add a dessert for just £1.50. The menu is full of puzzles and colouring in, and even teaches your kids to say and write some Japanese words! There’s also much more to YO! Sushi than raw fish, with everything from Creamy Avocado Maki, to Chicken Katsu Bao Buns. And don’t forget their delicious Dorayaki dessert - a custard filled pancake filled with raspberry sauce. Yum!
 
Image credit: @elzabop


Soak up these facts alongside your soy sauce!
 
The Japanese flag:


 
Japan’s capital city:
Tokyo
 
Say what?:
There are only 48 spoken sounds in Japanese so we’ve heard it’s quite easy to learn how to speak the language!
 
 
Handy phrases to know at Yo! Sushi:
どうもありがとうございました = thank you very much
(pronounced Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita)
 
Famous Japanese people:
Yoko Ono – she was married to singer John Lennon from a very popular band called The Beatles!
 
Those are just four of the family-friendly food destinations you’ll find here at the heart of the city centre.
 
So if you really want your kids to see the world, make your first trip a visit to Manchester Arndale. Have fun and happy travels!