And we are back with some foodie posts! I wanted to take a post to mark out a few really good chains I’ve been to recently. The guys at Giraffe* invited me to try out their new Spring menu and as I hadn’t been before I was totally keen. I’ve also managed a trip to Wagamama and Prezzo in the past couple of weeks. Hopefully you will all be able to find a delish option nearby!
On a Tuesday evening I headed back into London to head to Giraffe with my sister and Callum. I have heard awesome things about Giraffe and I was keen to give it a try, and I was so glad I did. Giraffe has a huge variety of foods available, so there is something for whatever mood you are in, from Mexican to Asian. The restaurant was bustling when we got there and I started the evening with one of the Giraffes Gin and Tonics, which was epic! I love me a giant bowl of GnT.
We decided to split some starters to try a few different cuisines! We started with the Asian offering of Chicken Yaki Gyozas. I love gyozas, little Asian dumplings full of flavour. These were filled with chicken and with a delicious sweet chilli dipping sauce. We also went for one of my favourite dishes, prawn saganaki – a Turkish dish of king prawns, tomato, feta and turkish bread for dipping. This was SO good. I literally wanted to lick the bowl to get all of the sauce!
For mains, my sister and I were totally tempted by the Mexican offerings! I went for the BBQ chicken quesadilla which was so delicious, full of flavourful chicken, a load of oozing cheese and a chipotle dipping sauce which had just the right amount of kick. It was also huge! I definitely didn’t manage the whole lot. Rebecca went for chilli beef burrito which looked and tasted amazing – such a punch of flavour and a lovely side salad on the side too. Callum sprang for the slow cooked jerk ribs which were also totally enjoyed. Soft and tender meat falling right off the bone and smothered in sauce.
Even though we were totally stuffed, I couldn’t go past sharing a little dessert, especially if it is one of my favourites – churros! Full of sugar and everything you need in a dessert. The service throughout the whole evening was fantastic – very attentive and we never had to wait long for anything. Overall, a really enjoyable meal and I will totally be back again to try more of their menu – I love the sound of their burgers, and chicken katsu!
I have a real love/hate relationship with wagamama, and I haven’t actually visited one of their restaurants since I was about 17 and living in New Zealand. The main problem I have with it is the whole, ‘we just bring out whatever, whenever it is done’. As every single time I’ve been it has ended up with one person in our party having their food super early, and then sitting awkwardly with it getting cold, or all eating at the same time. The idea of a starter also seems to totally go out the window.
That said, I do enjoy the food. I sprang for the salmon teryaki soba and it was delish! Soft salmon over crispy noodles, vegetables and just totally full of flavour. We had some gyozas as well but I wasn’t a huge lover. So yeah, totally awesome food but a silly service premise. Though I have noticed the one down the road from us is doing Deliveroo, maybe that is the answer to get the good food but actually all delivered all at once!!
Finally when we were in Christchurch with Pauls family we went to Prezzo. I haven’t actually been to Prezzo before, and I was really happy with the menu options. Not only does it have a good range of different dishes but it also has modifications to everything to make it that little bit healthier – such as a smaller pizza, or a smaller serve of pasta but with a side salad as well. I usually over indulge when I go out and this made it a lot easier to keep a tab on what I was eating.
We all shared an antipasto sharing platter for starters along with some flatbread – this was really tasty, especially the fried mozzarella, as really, can’t go past some oozing melted cheese dipped in tangy tomato salsa right? The platters had a load of different things on them too which was great – love trying a heap of different things.
For mains, I can never go past a prawn pasta. I did for for the healthier option though, and got a smaller portion with a side salad, and I’m glad I did as I still couldn’t finish off the whole pasta itself! I tried some pizza from Paul as well which was definitely indulgent – so much cheese! Overall, a really enjoyable meal and I will definitely head back to Prezzo when I’m looking for an Italian – I preferred it over other offerings like Strada.
Hopefully those 3 will give you some inspiration for a meal in your neck of the woods. I do love independent restaurants, but chains can often be so delicious and you know you will get a good deal every time you go!
Where is your favourite chain?
*I was invited to Giraffe for review but as always, opinions are my own!