Monday, 2 September 2013

Giraffe / Southbank Centre London

Weekends are made for catching up with friends, good food, and a drink or two to mark the end of another week. This weekend I caught up with friends from uni. As Waterloo station is equidistant us all, our meets usually take place around the Southbank. We have our frequent haunts that we go back to time and time again - if it's not broke, don't fix it! - but this time we fancied a change. Enter Giraffe. We'd walked past the London Southbank branch many times before, but with queues usually snaking out the door, we've always been too hungry to wait.

As luck would have it, we were able to secure a table this time. It was quite noisy what with the music and other diners, but this is something that you would encounter with other restaurants along the Southbank too. As the restaurant emptied out over the course of the evening, it became a lot easier to hear each other.


The food

To start, we shared a delicious bruschetta board which had a variety of different breads - some topped with home-made pesto, the others topped with cheese and finely chopped olives and red peppers. If you are a fan of pizza bread or garlic pizza bread, then this is something that you would love.


For the main course, our table was laden with burgers, chicken wings, salmon and pork schnitzel katsu. I tried a bite (or three!) of Martin's burger and it was pretty juicy with some great flavours there. I had the grilled salmon with a mango, pineapple and roasted red pepper salsa. I'd never tried fish with fruits like mango or pineapple before, but it was beautifully paired.


Most of us were defeated at this point so only three of us opted for dessert. I tried a couple of spoonfuls of the chocolate mousse which is topped with crushed cookies (seriously delicious and this will be my choice next time). I went for the white chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake. I'm not usually a fan of cheesecake, but I love white chocolate, and I love passion fruit, so it was a no brainer! As you can see, it was presented beautifully on the plate. Taste wise, it reminded me a little of soleros - particularly when you paired the white chocolate with the passion fruit flesh.


Service

Not so good. Two of my friends didn't receive their drinks. When we flagged this with our waiter, they brought out one... but not the other. So we had to ask again. And then everyone's main course came out... except mine.

Summary

Service was pretty bad considering we didn't go on a peak day. If I were to return, it would be because of the quality of food - not the staff. Maybe I will try another branch one day. They also have a sister restaurant called Burgers & Cocktails which looks right up my street! The fish finger burger has already caught my eye!

To check out Giraffe's menu and to see where they are located, click here

Have you ever been to Giraffe?

5 comments:

  1. That's a shame the service was rubbish! I've been to Giraffe at Westfields and had no trouble. Love their food, the cheesecake you had looks especially good xxx

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    1. Think I'll try Westfield one day! Apparently their Burgers & Cocktails chain is there x x

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  2. nom looks yummy!!! i agree i'm not a huge fan of cheesecake.. but if it's passionfruit cheesecake that changes everything haha i'm obsessed w/ passionfruit :p

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    1. Haha same! Maybe we were separated at birth! :P x x

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  3. Aww I'm sad to hear Giraffe wasn't as good as it could be, I love the chain! Saying that, I've experienced bad service too at times, plus it can get SO rowdy with kids, that's annoying <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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