Eating and having a toddler is really the toughest part being a parent. Dining out is a different story. Most of parents out there can relate especially if their kids are not yet that interested to food because they just love to explore things around them. Most of our scenario when we dine out were one will eat his/her food first while the other plays/explores with the toddler then take turns when finished. If our son likes the food, he will just sit on a high chair or our laps to eat with us. He only eats veggies and soups and of course, rice. His favorites are carrot, ampalaya (bitter gourd), squash, potato, broccoli, etc. However, he easily gets bored. He will just sit for about 5 minutes or less. So we have to be real quick when we eat or else, the other one will pause his/her meal just to ‘explore’ again with our son then continues when the other one finishes. We don’t offer gadgets to him just to let him sit (though we did this once or twice because we’re really hungry that time). Offering gadgets while meal time will create a bad habit in the long run so as much as possible, we’re trying our best to avoid it.
While browsing Facebook, a post came along about this diner in Marilao, Bulacan. I visited the page and was intrigued with the play area. They have a ball pit inside the resto. Cool! I wanted to try it because JD loves ball pits. And we, his parents, loves food! Perfect! We visited the place on a Thursday night. I’m thinking that we can bribe JD to play when he finished his food. But no! He wanted to go in the pit even when we’re just about to see the menu. I thought, okay, maybe he can play while we eat, but, again, no! There’s a very steep ladder that you need to climb down before you can reach the ball pit. This is not small toddler friendly. Did I say, the ladder is verrrryyy steep? So I ended up playing with him while Jek finishes his food. We can’t just leave him there because he just keeps on climbing up and down the verrrryyy steep ladder.
Move over, here is a quick review of the resto. When we got there, around 8PM, we were the only customers then. I’m glad, though, because we can have the whole place on our own to eat and play. We chose to eat on the low-table area where you are free to just slump on the floor and eat happily. This is also perfect for JD because he can eat without me holding him and the ball pit is just beside this area. The ambiance was superb. It’s neat and organized. Very homey feels, too. As for the food, we liked everything that we ordered but nothing special. Jek ordered fried chicken with rice served with gravy and buttered corn and carrot. The chicken was good, I must admit. I ordered fish fillet with rice served with buttered corn and carrot and sweet and spicy dip (it tastes like the one that can be bought in any supermarkets, maybe it was it). Both meals for P99.00 each. We also ordered their nachos because it’s really appetizing in the photo, but no! For me it’s tinipid with the toppings. It costs P150/order. Also tried their pumpkin soup for P120, I think, and it was my favorite! I loved it. JD likes it too. They have an area where you can get free iced-cold water but I ordered iced-tea for P50/glass.
Overall, the experience was good. We will probably be back because the food were good with an affordable price. Plus, there are lots of areas where you can capture your selfies or groufies because every corner is Instagramable.
You can visit Ed’s Diner’s Facebook page here.