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Kerry Haggard is mom to Daniel (5) and Matthew (2), the two most beautiful boys that ever there were. She spends her weekends hunting the suburbs for that elusive combination: a restaurant with good food where her boys can play without breaking the furniture and crockery. Follow her on Twitter: @KerryHaggard

As a point of principle, a while ago I refused to go to the Twigs restaurant at the Garden Centre on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue at the lower side of Rosebank – even though it has one of the nicer kiddies’ playgrounds in a restaurant near my home. The food was good when they got your order right, but the service was indifferent at best and shocking at worst. Apart from my own bad experiences, I could no longer deal with my husband’s grumpiness about the place, as it was his orders that they seemed to mess up the most.

So when I saw that the restaurant had changed to munch, I took a deep breath and arranged to meet my friend and her grandlets there on Saturday afternoon. What a pleasant surprise!

The covered patio now goes around two sides of the building, and the décor is mostly white with touches of lilac. All very elegant, and very Parktown North. The menu is much smaller, but I think that allows the chef to be more focused. The hamburgers are still to die for, the roasted butternut and beetroot salad special was hearty and tasty, and my friend’s fish and chips looked outstanding. They still have the pizza oven, and although pizzas are not on the menu, it seems that they have pizza specials each day according to inspiration or available ingredients.

Munch also has a kiddies’ menu, with classics like toasted sarmies, fish fingers and baby pizzas (which looked big enough to satisfy my appetite) – basic food, but the kind of food that little people love.

The staff are interested, attentive and friendly, although it took a lot of waving to attract enough attention to get the bill.

Main courses for adults are between R50 and R70 per plate on average, while the children’s food is around R30 per portion.

The good: The playground has been updated a bit, and is still a huge hit with the littlies.

The bad: There isn’t a bad – we had a great time, ate good food, and look forward to going back.

The ugly:  You need to use loos which belong to the GardenShop nursery.  They are  dingy, dark and far away from the restaurant, and there are still no changing facilities to cater for littlies with junk in their trunk.

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