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A few weeks ago, Dj and I went on a well-deserved date night to the newly refurbished Giraffe World Kitchen in Victoria, after a hectic couple of weeks a relaxing evening was very much in order.
Prior to this visit, I had only eaten in Giraffe once, which I believe was at Gatwick airport before a flight to Berlin, I distinctively remember a very good veggie burger, but for some reason, I had never returned to another branch, which is odd considering this is how the chain describes themselves-
“Flavours you might have tasted once on your own far-flung adventure. A meal you’ve always wanted to try. And a whole world of other ingredients you haven’t even heard of yet. All sitting together in a carefully chosen menu, handpicked from across the map.”
Sounds pretty me right?
We arrived at a very busy restaurant and sipped on Malibu cocktails and Osaki beer while waiting for our assigned table. The first thing I noted about the Victoria branch was the wide array of colours throughout the restaurant, from bright wall murals and various forms of lighting creating a warm feeling, much in contrast to the greyas walls of central London just outside.
Despite the restaurant being so busy they were turning people away, service was polite and prompt and before we knew it we were tucking into our starters. Nachos with black bean chilli, Monterey Jack, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and chipotle. – an incredibly generous portion, ensure you are hungry and Katsu Chicken Gua Bao Buns, Taiwanese soft steamed buns filled with Katsu chicken- the buns were so fluffy it was wonderful. The menu hosts a whole range of starters and I am already planning my next visit so I can try sweet Chilli Plantain Tacos and the Crispy Patatas Bravas.
After repeatedly changing my mind on the main course options, I went to for the Malay Curry over the Kati Roll and the Halloumi and Feta Pide, while Dj went for the Slow-cooked Jerk Ribs. I have to say it is refreshing to see a menu with so much variety of cuisine, which I guess is the whole idea of the restaurant, but it was lovely not having to agree on a certain cuisine when choosing a restaurant.
Despite being sufficiently full after the main course, me being me, of course, pushed on for a Churro dessert. The churros arrived hot and crispy, rolled in sugar and cinnamon with a warm chocolate dipping sauce. It was safe to say, after polishing these off on our short walk back to the train station our stomachs were mildly larger but also wonderfully content.
I always harp on about preferring independent restaurants over chains, but with Giraffe World Kitchen I was pleasantly surprised and I will be going back again. The large selection of dishes around the world combined with the beautiful interiors of the restaurant and fair prices make for the perfect location for a mid-week catch up with friends or date night with your loved one.
*We were guests of Giraffe World Kitchen