Carmen's is truly a delectable Italian restaurant. Carmen, the owner, is actually of Sicilian origin but either way, it means her servings are 'generous'. It's standard practice to provide take home containers for the leftovers. Alternatively, it's not uncommon for a couple to share a meal. Carmen doesn't make much money from her desserts as everyone is usually too full to eat any! She has four boys herself so loves children. The staff are very friendly and ensure children are provided with colouring books and sheets once they arrive. Children's main courses are served at the same time as adult entrees, their dessert arrives with the adult mains. Having such a high quality restaurant in a country town like Muswellbrook is great. They are open for lunch and dinner six days per week (soon to add Sundays) and are happy to do takeaways as well.
Children's meals are $10 each which includes a main and dessert. Lunch specials are $15 (pasta or schnitzel), Dinner mains vary from $15 up to $36 (but that is for steak and seafood together). If you can fit a dessert in their $8 and delectable (tiramisu, pannacotta, etc). Yes, it's more than the chain restaurants but soooo much nicer and the children aren't hungry an hour later!