Dear Mummy, it’s not every day that you get to travel the world in one sitting but we did when we visited Giraffe World Kitchen in Basingstoke. We treated our taste buds to their exotic menu and it really did transport us to another country…well many in fact.
Based in Festival Place, Basingstoke this Giraffe World Kitchen restaurant is one of many chains across the country, but don’t let that fool you as it has a very independent feel with friendly locals and helpful staff. We’ve walked past many times and aways thought it looked too exotic and swish for our little family however when we were invited down to review it we decided to expand our culinary horizons and give it a whirl.
The restaurant has amazing decor that takes influences from all parts of the world. I was mesmerised by all the patterns from the Moroccan inspired tiles to the African tribal patterns. Right next to our table was a world map and we charted the dishes on the menu while waiting to be served. We arrived just before lunchtime and the restaurant wasn’t busy so we got served right away.
It was a very hot, sunny day outside so we opted to hide from the heat of the sun and dine inside. The large floor to ceiling windows and folding doors were opened giving us an alfresco dinning experience. As restaurant is located just off Festival Square my folks enjoyed people watching as shoppers walked to the cinema and surrounding pubs and restaurants.
We were all on soft drinks so didn’t get to marvel at the exotic cocktails on offer, however we did indulge in the non-alcoholic drinks with both my mummy and I tasting the Mango Mama smoothie (£2.95) which was delicious! All food is cooked to order so we selected our starters of Nachos and flat breads while I enjoyed the free kids activity pack. It included a cute giraffe mask which I wore throughout our visit and lots of colouring in. (see video above)
What my folks were excited about was that KIDS EAT FREE at Giraffe World Kitchen (Valid all day until the Sunday 3rd September) and it serves up good healthy food and perfect for clean eating. Even without the summer offer the usual Kids Meal Deal is Main +Drink + Dessert for £6.50 making it great value for money. There was so much choice for kids on the menu that I didn’t know where to start so our server, James, explained the menu to me – he clearly has a passion for food!
I picked the Grilled Chicken Breast (£5.25) with salad and steamed vegetables and woofed down my broccoli after playing with it trying to feed my plastic toy giraffe (see video). It was a very relaxed meal and we all took our time eating our food and never felt rushed or pressured into leaving.
My daddy enjoyed Nachos (£7.95) with black bean chilli, Monterey Jack, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and chipotle for starters. While my mummy and grandma shared the Prawn Saganaki (6.25), king prawns in a tasty garlic, chilli, white wine, red onion & tomato sauce. Crumbled with feta, served with toasted flatbread.
The mains came out shortly afterwards giving my folks plenty of time to digest and they were delicious. My Grandma had Turkish Smoky Chicken Pide (10.50) with grilled chicken, Turkish peppers, baby spinach, feta and roasted red pepper and chilli on a spiced tomato base. Daddy had Chicken Milanese (11.95) which was breaded chicken escalope with a basil & roasted tomato sauce, garlic crushed new potatoes and a dressed green leaf salad. While mummy opted for the best thing on the menu (staff recommendation) the Lamb Tagine (£13.95), Moroccan lamb scattered with pistachios, almonds and pomegranate with couscous and toasted flatbread. All our food was delicious and the portions were massive and too much for us to finish! (see our video for the dishes). The dishes were perfectly seasoned and the meat was cooked to perfection. Next time my daddy wants to try some of the juicy burgers as he saw them come out of the kitchen and they looked spectacular!
The best bit for me of course was the dessert and I had the Strawberry & Banana Lollipops (£1.95), fresh fruit skewers with yummy chocolate dipping sauce. As you can tell from the above photo and the mess I made in our review video it was a great success. I even carried on talking about how great it was while walking home. My folks enjoyed a Fresh Fruit Sorbet Sundae (£5.95) which could have fed a whole family!
We were so impressed with the service and the wide range of food at Giraffe World Kitchen that we’re signing up to their newsletter so we can gain access to special offers. Giraffe isn’t the cheapest of places but I think this is going to be our new favourite restaurant in our home town! There’s a whole world of food out there just waiting to be explored…
Love Bella x
Disclaimer: We were offered complimentary meals in order to conduct our review, all options and photos are our own.