World Cuisine At Giraffe, Spitalfields
London is currently awash with new dining establishments promising exciting cuisine in unusual settings… if you’re prepared to wait in the rain for two hours for a table and shout at your partner or friend above the rising din once inside. That’s all well and good if you’re dying to try the latest bizarre food and drink phenomenon (hotdogs and champagne? We’re still not convinced) but sometimes, we all want to grab a bite after work without risking pneumonia thanks to ridiculous ‘no bookings’ policies.
For no-frills fun and a truly friendly atmosphere, try Giraffe, where global food meets world music at a seriously reasonable price. Independent it’s not, but for one of those days when you simply want a consistently good menu and a hassle-free table, Giraffe is a great place to whet your whistle.
The eclectic menu takes inspiration from all four corners of the world, offering a dish or two from each of our favourite cuisines. Choose from Lebanese style Baba Ganoush to Italian Bruschetta sharing platters, Mexican Nachos to American style steak – if that won’t please a crowd, what will?
The fear here is that such an array of dishes can’t possible be done well, but that assumption would be incorrect. We sampled the Hummus, Baba Ganoush & Mixed Olives Sharing Platter followed by Parmesan Chicken Schnitzel Kiev, 21 Day Aged Grilled Sirloin Steak and Hot “Thai” Duck Stir Fry, each arriving to the table piping hot and full of flavour.
Giraffe purports itself to be feel-good and friendly, and that it certainly is. Waiters are on hand not to encourage you to spend more but recommend the best value cocktail or special food deals – a refreshing change from being offered a large glass of wine when I definitely ordered small.
If you like a good cocktail, be sure to take advantage of Bar Buddies, (available Monday – Wednesday 5pm until close, Thursday & Friday 5pm until 7pm & Sundays 6pm until close) where selected cocktails are half price. Meat lovers should head over on Wednesdays, when the Steak Express deal offers pan seared flat iron steak with caramelised dijon mustard sauce, hand-cut onion rings, skin on fries and a market salad for the bargain price of £9.95. We tried it out and can vouch that it’s one of the most delicious meals we’ve had for under a tenner in a very long time… and we didn’t have to queue to try it!
When the prices are this cheap, it’d be rude not to plump for dessert. We shared an apple, almond and red cherry crumble with vanilla ice cream and it was worth every minute at the gym this morning! What will you try?
Amy @ FashionBite xx