I'm down in London visiting some friends who very kindly took me out for lunch at Giraffe yesterday in Muswell Hill. I've never been before and was surprised that the restaurant is part of a chain, it has an nice independent feel to it.
We arrived around 12 and the place was hoaching with families with lots of young kids, really busy and noisy. We had to wait a few minutes for a table but we were sat in a nice booth so no one really minded.
My local friends informed me that the brunches here are amazing, I'd been scoping out other people's meals while we were waiting and noticed a lot of people eating pancakes. "ooh brilliant" I thought, pancakes for brunch sounded like a great idea. Small problem I couldn't find it anywhere on the menu. Slightly disappointed I ordered the full brunch with scrambled eggs (which was lovely) assuming that I would find the pancakes on the dessert menu. FOILED AGAIN!!
It turns out the pancakes are on the breakfast menu, which we arrived too late for. However it seems the locals here know they can ask for it after 12pm anyway. I feel a little jipped by not knowing this piece of local insider knowledge, I would have definitely ordered pancakes if I'd known.
I pass this gem of knowledge on to you fellow yelpers...even if you can't find them on the menu, always ask if you can have the pancakes!
I visited this restaurant with a couple of friends and a 40% off food voucher. We had a variety of food between us, which was all tasty, but the portions seemed quite small to me, and unusually for me I had a dessert and so got to enjoy a hot brownie with hot chocolate sauce and ice cream, which was delicious, but I was still not sated, and think I snacked on returning home. Considering that I am a tiny bird, the portions are probably going to be on the small side for most people, but the food is really tasty. Maybe it would be better for a lunchtime snack than a full on evening belly-fill.
Anyway, the service was excellent, the restaurant itself is nicely decorated and clean, and with 40% off, everything was a total bargain!
Excellent place to eat! Wide range of 'World' Foods, good vegetarian menu, and an awesome range of smoothies too.
The staff at this particular brach were very attentive, and didn't appear to stop smiling!
Although i didn't go with any children, the kids in the restaurant were kept well entertained with balloons and fun craft / colouring stuff.
Great for family dining!
overpriced / under-portioned - def one for yummy mummys who love the decor
Stopped by here one very sunny Saturday afternoon and sat at an outside table and had the hot brownie with hot chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it was as good a desert as I've ever had anywhere, ever. I've heard that cliche about certain foods being like and or as good as sex and it's always irritated me, but, on that Saturday afternoon on the street, in front of Giraffe in Muswell Hill, for the very first time, I understood it.
I've already written a negative review about the Richmond branch of Giraffe, mostly about the lack of generosity of their portions. In fact it was at this branch where I was asked to pay for a tiny pot of jam with my very expensive breakfast. I expressed my horror at such a sugggestion and the cost of the jam was removed from my bill.
Likewise, the desert I've described came with only one measly sized scoop of ice cream. Apart from that it was perfect. The brownie was gooey, sweet, but not too sweet and warm. My tea was served in a very cute heavy little Moroccan style teapot. It was quite splendid. If you're going to eat something high calorie, it should be as good as this.
(Maybe I should add that I was in a tremendously good mood that day and it may have coloured my experience to some degree).
I came here for breakfast and had the porridge which came with honey, strawberries and banannas. What a filling, healthy and satisfying way to start the day!
a free coffee on a wednesday morning? yes please!
service in here is beyond brilliant. i spent a day here after having my heart broken, waiting for my friend to finish work and rescue me.
slumped in a back booth with my worldly possesions they brought me endless cups of coffee, kind words and coaxed me into eating their very delicious ranchos huevos - it must've been pretty delicious if i can remember it because i was in a total state of shock and eating like a sparrow!!
Can't thank them enough.
Recently went to the one in Reading with my family and the service was equally as great there.
Keep up the good work!
Giraffe is a great restaurant, it is colourful and serves great food. I have been many times to quite a few of them, but the Muswell Hill one is the closest to me. The service in here is great, they are so attentive.
It has an African theme, very colourful and is always a nice place to eat. During lunch, you can get some great deals here, you can easily eat for under £10 and have a lovely burger or any other of the selected courses within the deal, which also happen to be on the main menu.
My favourite burger in here is the Falafel burger, it is huge, and comes with haloumi (a Greek cheese) and you have a selection of sides to choose from. They specialise in burgers and you will definitely find one that suits you. They also have a good drink menu, with a good cocktail list and some interesting bottled beers.
The whole Giraffe thing reminds me of when Nandos arrived in the UK, everybody got really excited about it, a themed restaurant with decent food. More are opening all the time throughout London, and they really push great customer service. The Muswell Hill branch is small but extremely friendly and is always a really cool place to go, and isn't to harsh on the pocket. Lunch is a great way to give it a test and if you like burgers, then you will love Giraffe..
Nice enough place to go. the staff are all really friendly and the food is good. I had a turkey burger which was nice :)
We've never had a bad meal in Giraffe. It's a great place to come with kids, serving nice food, with a good atmosphere that's child-friendly.
Good food, frendly staff but if you want to sit outside don't wait for the nice and friendly waiters to come and take your order. My friend and I decided to sit outside and we sat there for about 20 minutes with no service and decided that we had enough and just got up and left.
Part of a chain. It focuses on 'World Food'. Quite tasty, especially breakfast and lunch. Good smoothies too. Gets the most points for being very children friendly with highchairs etc.
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