Restaurants, Global Belsize Park
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This hit chain’s purchase by Tesco ruffled a few middle-class feathers, but so far Giraffe does not seem to have changed its spots. Quality bangers and burgers, check. Esteemed coffee supplier, check. Global grab-bag of ingredients, check. The firm is renowned for its zippy service and happy accommodation of children, so we were surprised to find these qualities somewhat lacking; the waitress confessed she had a hangover. Our food was true to form, however.

The winning dish was a menu staple: hot Thai-style duck stir-fry, which showcases the moreish combination of chilli jam, basil and mint. Giraffe’s burritos and waist-conscious salads are also reliable, as are the skin-on fries. The kids’ menu has options that appeal equally to parents and their offspring, including grilled salmon, a couple of chicken dishes and pasta pomodoro. Ice-cream comes from the admired producer Jude’s, but otherwise desserts tend to disappoint – apple and cherry crumble was predictably over-sweet.

If you want something yummy, mummies, browse the list of cocktails instead. Giraffe’s menu changes according to the time of day; various (sometimes confusing) deals are offered at certain times, so hit the right moment and you can eat and drink cheaply indeed.



Venue name: Giraffe
Address: 196-198 Haverstock Hill
Opening hours: Meals served 8am-11pm Mon-Fri; 9am-11pm Sat; 9am-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Belsize Park
Price: Main courses £6.95-£15.95
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I went for dinner at Giraffe Belsize Park last week and had mixed feelings. The food was good, but not great. Amongst other things, a group of us shared the nachos and the BBQ baby back ribs. Unfortunately both were a little soggy and bland. Our waiter was brilliant, friendly and also incredibly efficient, whereas his manager seemed to be flapping around which effected the atmosphere quite a lot. I'll go back but I'm not in any rush! The toilets were a 6/10!