Reviewed by Claire Agasse
We recently visited Giraffe in January 2012. It is located in the Food Court of Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.
The restaurant is located in the new Food Court area of the shopping centre and its entrance is actually situated in the centre itself. The door which faces the car park was closed. It has a nice wide entrance and we were welcomed immediately. Car parking is free after 6pm so it is easy to park right outside.
We were greeted immediately and the children’s colouring sheets and cups of crayons were located on a table right by the entrance and they were brought to the table. The children had their own menus to look at. We were seated in a booth which was nice and comfortable. We were offered drinks soon after we were seated.
The menu is varied and has a good slant towards healthy foods. There were no starter options for the children but we asked for their meals to be brought out with our starter and this wasn’t a problem. The children’s menu had two options, one for the under 7s and the other for “young adults” which was nicely worded. The latter also had slightly different choices. Our daughter said that was the best pasta she’d had in a restaurant, mainly because of the fact it came with grated cheese on top! She wasn’t overly keen on the garlic bread because it was had a “herby” taste. Our son opted for fish and chips and considering it was from the younger menu, it was a decent sized piece of fish and a good portion of chips and he ate it all up!
We shared a starter and the choice was what I would call a bit different from the usual starters you would expect. This encouraged us to try something new! My husband ordered a chicken burger for his main meal but it had some nice extras with it which made it a hearty meal. I had a beef enchilada which was also a very generous portion and it came with a lovely salad. As a side, we ordered their Celery slaw which was a huge bowlful considering it was a side dish. There was a little too much mayonnaise for my liking but tasty nonetheless.
With regards to desserts, there was a nice choice and the only other thing I would like to have seen on the children’s menu, was a fruit salad of some kind, particularly as our daughter doesn’t like ice cream. She did try the sorbet however and enjoyed it! My husband and I shared an apple crumble and that was delicious!
The drinks menu was interesting and contained some different cocktails and smoothies.
The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere. It was brightly decorated with some interesting furnishings. In terms of the service, the waiting staff was friendly and attentive. We didn’t have to wait too long for our food to be served and when it came, it was hot, very nicely presented and freshly-cooked.
This was our first visit to the restaurant. It was competitively priced when comparing to other chains such as TGI Fridays or Chiquitos and I would also add that its menu was a mix of these two. I’m not sure that we would go there just for a night out. It would be more of a case of having dinner there after a shopping day or somewhere to meet up after work.