Giraffe - Manchester Airport

Terminal 1 Airside, Manchester Airport, Manchester, M23 8AR

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

: 05:00 - 21:00
: 05:00 - 20:00

Reservations: 0161 435 4070

Terminal 1 Airside, Manchester Airport, Manchester, M23 8AR [Map]

£15.00    £26.00

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

REVIEWS OF Giraffe - Manchester Airport

MM (20 October 2010)

Having recently visited this restaurant whilst at Manchester airport, I would like to recommend it to other travellers. This was the nicest meal that I have had in an airport restaurant and would certainly go back. The service was good, food was excellent and value for money — good! Only slight criticism would be that they should perhaps look at having a dressing on their salad, but did not take away from the meal. Definitely worth a visit!

BB (31 January 2009)

Overall, I was not satisfied but the price was okay as I had a 2 for 1 voucher. As for the food there were not many choices on the menu. I ordered a medium-rare rump steak and ended up having a 100% well done steak with too much pepper and it was too hot. The chips tasted good though. The environment was very good with a warm feeling and it was well decorated and not crowded. The service was bad as we were served by a waitress with very bad attitude. She brought us the wrong orders but there were no apologies. There was no service at all actually, didn't see her smile once. I saw her drop all the napkins on the floor and she just put them all back into the draw.

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