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Giraffe - Brighton

15 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA

When you enter a chain restaurant there is always a sense of déjà vu, yet with the twelve outlets of Giraffe, this may not really be true. Russel and Juliette Joffe and Andrew Jacobs' philosophy behind this group of restaurants is sustaining the driving force of healthy, happy eating, while retaining the difference each location brings. This includes minor variations in the menu too, and explains why the restaurant does not like to be called a chain, but prefers being referred to as a herd. The origin of its quaint name too, is interesting. The giraffe has the largest heart in the animal kingdom, and with its magnificent height is able to perceive things differently. These two features of being different and large hearted sum up the restaurant's proclamation of 'love, eat, live'.

When you enter a chain restaurant there is always a sense of déjà vu, yet with the twelve outlets of Giraffe, this may not really be true. Russel and Juliette Joffe and Andrew Jacobs' philosophy behind this group of restaurants is sustaining the driving force of healthy, happy eating, while retaining the difference each location brings. This includes minor variations in the menu too, and explains why the restaurant does not like to be called a chain, but prefers being referred to as a herd. The origin of its quaint name too, is interesting. The giraffe has the largest heart in the animal kingdom, and with its magnificent height is able to perceive things differently. These two features of being different and large hearted sum up the restaurant's proclamation of 'love, eat, live'.

Giraffe offers world food and adds an unusual twist to some familiar dishes. Their breakfast menu has stacked pancakes with bananas and blueberries, warm waffles, ranch styles tostadas and healthy veggie options. Some great starters are a mezze plate with warm naans that offer the best of many cuisines - grilled halloumi, hummus, tzatiki, ratatouille and falafel. Japanese king fried prawns are a hit, while another bright spot on the menu, is the colourful sunshine antipasti bruschetta, a clever combination of artichokes, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, roasted peppers, red onion and rocket on pesto foccacia. If this long list of ingredients is intriguing, just wait until your palate takes over.

The house's special salad, cheekily called 'more than love', is colourful and has crunchy appeal. The Thai chicken and vermicelli noodle version is an equally enticing starter. For mains, there are plenty of options like roasted corn and chilli bran burritos, tangy turkey enchiladas and the much loved sweet potatoes, asparagus, green beans and broccoli served with organic brown basmati rice. One can also settle for a good old burger and wash it down with interesting smoothies. They also offer world wines and unusual cocktails with catchy names like Bombay flower and pomegranate caipirinha.

The dessert section comprises of not just fruit based healthy desserts, but brilliant stars like Swiss mountain chocolate cheesecake, banana waffle split and rocky road ice cream sundaes, which transport the diner to a state of bliss. The friendly staff, who are carefully hired for their sunny disposition, and children's activities help make these restaurants a very special, happy and healthy treat indeed.

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International

: 08:00 - 23:00
: 09:00 - 23:00
: 09:00 - 22:30

Reservations: 01273 688885

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15 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA [Map]

£15.00    £26.00

£6.95 (main course + selected drinks), Mon - Fri, 12 - 5 pm

£9.95 (starter + main course), from 5 pm

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Giraffe - Brighton

KSW36 (4 August 2009)

We went to the restaurant yesterday, first time to a Giraffe and would definitely return. Not knowing the area, I rang up and they gave us clear directions of where they were and apologised when we arrived for the roadwork outside. We were made to feel really welcome. The service was attentive without being over the top and nothing seemed too much to ask. The food was really good with useful suggestions from the staff as to adding chicken to the vegetarian burrito for a non vegetarian one. I would definitely recommend as a lunch stop, there were families and young children in the other part of the restaurant and we sat in a booth near the comfortable waiting area. Overall I would definitely go back and recommend this to someone visiting the area for lunch or dinner. With good food and great service it is worth a visit.

Paul Cotton (8 June 2009)

We went to this restaurant last Wednesday and had a great meal. The waitress was fantastic and the food was great. We were made to feel very welcome and felt that nothing was too much hassle. The barman helped entertain our 2 young children, which made the adult's experience that little bit easier.

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