I have discovered an absolute haven in the form of Bambanani in Melville. This triumphant blend of cutting-edge kiddies’ entertainment and the soothing and indulgent facilities for moms has got me absolutely hooked.
Bambanani is open from 7.30am until 11.30pm – and even offers free Wi- Fi access. Moms of small children will love the fact that you can order anything from steamed vegetables, pureed fruit, Kiri cheese, popcorn and yoghurt. And the tapas-style menu is perfect for moms and dads looking to eat something tasty while their kids are THOROUGHLY entertained (and worn out) by wonderful CPR-trained childminders. If you are there with a friend, I would suggest having the men join you for after-work drinks on the candlelit deck. And there’s even a fireplace for winter!
For small children, Bambanani has a rather spectacular jungle gym in a covered area as well as an outdoor section with kiddie-friendly apparatus. Bigger kids can enjoy PlayStation – along with movies, games and Foos Ball – as well as live coverage of major sporting events on either of Bambanani’s flat-screen TVs.
Bambanani has gone above and beyond the usual “food and fun” offering by providing thoughtful touches such as a breast-feeding room, high chairs, bumbos, child-friendly bathrooms, colouring-in books, crayons and easily accessible games. Bambanani also offers a selection of weekly activities at no extra charge to patrons. So, arts, crafts, games, movies and kiddies’ parties can all form part of the Bambanani-experience.
Family-friendly venue by day, hip and happening by night, Bambanani is the ideal spot for everything from a romantic dinner to a roaring party. Candlelit dinners are a must at Bambanani, where low lighting and cosy fireplaces set the scene for love. The eatery is also ideal for friends meeting in sophisticated surrounds with really great food. Or for enjoying a whiskey from an impressive whiskey selection or a cocktail made in the famous New York style at Bambanani’s bar, set below a metallic-grey, retro ceiling. Tuesday night is the night for sampling Japanese cuisine at Bambanani while Wednesday nights is when patrons can slip into the sultry tones of some live music. Bambanani’s kitchen is open until 23:30, making it the ideal spot for a late-night bite or coffee and dessert after an evening movie.
~Reviewed by Shelli NT