Giraffe - Exeter
3 Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1GEWhen 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.
To gain further information, just visit their extremely comprehensive Website.
: 08:00 - 21:00
: 08:00 - 22:00
: 09:00 - 22:00
: 09:00 - 21:00
Reservations: 01392 494222
3 Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1GE [Map]
£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 - Exeter
Hilda (8 March 2009)
I went for lunch at Giraffe two weeks ago with a friend. She had a burger and I had nachos. When our food arrived, it looked good but my nachos were cold so I told the waitress and she took it away. When my meal finally arrived, my friend had finished her meal which meant she had to watch me eating mine. Some of the nachos were burnt and I felt very disappointed with the meal. The idea was to have lunch together not at separate times.
I was in town yesterday afternoon with my family and we decided to go into Giraffe for a late lunch. My men had burgers and I had the veg burrito. When our meals arrived, my burrito was hard underneath and it tasted bland - the vegetables were soggy and it was saturated with tomato sauce so I asked the Manager to exchange it for a veg brunch. When this arrived, it came with a slice and a half of toast - which I felt was far too much bread for me. The meal itself was cooked well but it also was very bland and had, what looked like, a half a tin of beans all over it and I again, had to eat on my own as my men had finished their meals when my dish arrived. When we came to pay the bill, I told the waitress that I would not be returning to Giraffe because of the previous experience I'd had as well as this one. She didn't seem to care much. So, Giraffe, two strikes and you're out. I won't be back.
Anneski (16 February 2008)
My hubby and I were in Exeter by chance, and not having had time to eat were wanting a breakfast. Spotting Giraffe was a stroke of luck, as it gave us so much more choice than the usual 'greasy spoon cafe' fare that I'd gloomily been expecting.The staff were friendly and welcoming and very attentive.
I chose the blueberry and banana American pancake stack with maple syrup and a side order of bacon something, while my hubby had the full English. He followed it with a sunrise smoothie whilst I opted for the blueberry and cranberry option whose name I can't remember!
The service was quick and the food was freshly prepared and hot. My pancake stack was huge and I was a little dismayed, but the first bite took away any fears as the pancakes were light and fluffy, the syrup was luscious and crisped the edges nicely, whilst the bananas and blueberries really combined well. The bacon was crispy and tasty and all in all I was 100% delighted with my choice.
My husband's eggs were free range and gloriously golden, the sausages were fat and brown and flecked with herbs with not a piece of gristle to be found. The bread was rustic and a very nice change from the norm, whilst the potato wedges were crispy and the whole meal was well balanced, ample and non-greasy. The whole meal came to around £22 and the meal was well worth it, being a good size and excellent.
The only negatives were that the tables are a tad too close together and they are incredibly busy and would do well with bigger premises.All in all, an easy 9 out of 10 for the whole experience and 10 out of 10 for the food!
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- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
Not included, 10% (optional) for 6 or mor
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