Situated on the Waterfront at Gunwharf Quay, about as close to the Spinnaker Tower as is possible without physically touching, sits Giraffe. With its outdoor seating area overlooking the boats and birds of Portsmouth, the location is rather picturesque, as well as undeniably convenient.
Having never visited a branch of Giraffe previously, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was immediately pleasantly surprised by the vibrant interior colours and art work. We were greeted by the charmingly ebullient manager who seated us at a gorgeous round booth in a prime location. The children were given activity sheets and crayons to occupy them whilst we ordered and awaited our starters.
I opted for chicken tacos whilst James chose the hua boa, which he stated were “every bit as good as in China”. The tacos were full of flavour with tender chicken and plenty of accompaniments.
The food was all delicious; James’ main was a beautifully presented lamb tagine whilst I had chicken escalope with a side of topped potatoes; these were so good! Jasmine enjoyed her chicken wrap and both children had ice cream for pudding. The children’s menu contained a fair amount of choice, which is always lovely to see, and also meant that Sonny could find something that catered to his incredibly fussy palate!
The food was really filling but I couldn’t leave without sampling the Eton Mess 😉
Overall, the service was excellent and the food was all cooked to perfection; we were so impressed. I am pretty fussy so it is rare that every dish I order during a meal out ends up being to my taste, but I truly enjoyed everything I tasted at Giraffe, including the hot chocolate I had to finish.
The menu prices were fairly atypical of a decent restaurant chain and I would have been more than happy to pay what our meal amounted to. I think it is fair to say we are a family of Giraffe converts and will be back for another visit before too much longer! Thank you for having us 🙂
We received a complimentary family meal for the purposes of this review; all thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own.