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Giraffe (Bar, Restaurant)

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120 Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill, London, W11 4UA
Cuisine: International
Tel: 020 7229 8567 | Email to Giraffe | Transport: Holland Park | Write review

Giraffe Review

One man’s heaven is another man’s hell. While some avoid child-friendly family restaurants at all costs, others feel completely at home surrounded by small people throwing food at each other. Giraffe heroically tries to cater for both these camps.

On first quick glance round the light and airy restaurant, it was surprising just how many locals at Giraffe’s Holland Park restaurant had given the nanny the night off. The staff, who won my undying admiration for dealing with both their half- and full-size customers with unfailing jollity, had their work cut out for them. My companion and I must have raised the average age by quite some margin. Having said that, it appears that Giraffe is the place to be seen for any self-respecting west London family on a Friday night – the room was buzzing.

In a somewhat incongruous move, and largely as a result of our proximity to so many squealing children, the first thing we did was order cocktails. The fruity slush-puppy style drinks that arrived were thankfully given a grown-up twist with a large glug of tequila.

While the menu is never going to win any Michelin stars, it offers fresh, healthy and vibrant choices, catering well for most diets. My deluxe falafel burger was crammed with all sort of deliciousness, so much so that I really didn’t care how much hummus, beetroot, halloumi and tzatziki I spilled down my front. When my companion’s steak arrived we were pleasantly surprised that it was cooked just as requested, and was very tasty with a lovely barbeque flavour.

Dessert was my final plunge into full-on regression. The no-holds-barred rocky-road ice-cream sundae was sweet, sticky and exactly what was required to round things off.

Yes, it’s full of children; yes, it’s unashamedly jolly; and no, it’s not ever going to be cool. But this Giraffe also offers well cooked food, incredibly accommodating staff and a really lively atmosphere. As such it’s a nice antidote to the edgy, too-cool-for-school eateries that are so prolific in London. I left the restaurant in a surprisingly happy mood. I’m just disappointed I didn’t get to take home a balloon.
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“Fun and tasty - and if you eat early there's a really good value set menu.”
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nigel, London (8 years 10 months ago)

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