If you don’t love Giraffe, you probably don’t have children. It’s not that giving birth suddenly creates a taste for burritos or pesto oil, but new parents have a heightened appreciation of such elements as well-spaced tables, buggy parking, unflappable staff and ground floor toilets. Giraffe’s crayons, sheet of games and spot-on kid’s menu have given many a couple the simple luxury of a breather on a hectic day out – and the food’s not bad.
The menu shuffles a pack of ideas gleaned from hippy travel guides (world music plays in the background) and swooshes them with contemporary dish styling, such as wooden boards and dinky pots.
Best dishes tend to be classics: a generous torpedo roll of minute steak; the house bacon and cheese burger; chilli beef enchiladas; and breakfast pancakes. Lunch deals, an early-bird menu and Bar Buddies (50% off selected drinks 5-7pm Mon-Fri) are deal sweeteners, and the Italian house white wine is very acceptable. Skip desserts in favour of extra chips, a fruit smoothie, Union coffee or a cocktail (we like the ‘mellow yellow’ mojito with mint, lime and passionfruit).