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Giraffe – gluten free and family friendly

By on July 15, 2014 in UK Restaurant Reviews with 0 Comments

Giraffe is a casual chain restaurant with outlets in central and suburban London (including Heathrow and Gatwick airports) and also around the UK.   The staff are always friendly and overall the restaurants have a young feel.  It is a family friendly restaurant, and also somewhere you could go to eat on your own and not feel too obvious.

The food is a mixture of healthy options like salads, grilled salmon, stir fries and risotto, but there are also items like burger & chips (not gluten free) & kids options.   Below is a picture of the chorizo risotto which is a good dinner option.

Giraffe risotto with chorizo_opt

Giraffe allegy menu_optIf you have any special dietary requirements, the stores have a guide to all the major allergens which you can ask for.

Gluten free is also often marked on the menu, but I have found variations between stores and if you look at the allergy guide there will be additional gluten free options.

I have also seen a separate dedicated gluten free menu (below) which is my preferred option!

 

Giraffe menu_opt

My favourite dish from Giraffe is the nacho’s, which comes with a good helping of sour creme, guacamole, salsa and fresh chillies. There is also an option of having added chicken.  It is great to share as a starter or is enough for a meal on your own.  I have often had this at Heathrow Terminal 5 before getting on a long flight in case my airline gluten free meals don’t turn up (or are not very appetising).  NB  I have since seen on social media that this is no longer on the GF menu as it is fried with gluten containing items – please double check before ordering!

 

Giraffe nachos_opt

 

For breakfast, out of the whole menu only one item is marked gluten free at Heathrow T5, which is a ‘nut bowl’ and it is delicious.  It is a fruit salad in yoghurt with crushed pistachios & almonds, with orange blossom.  It is not overly filling, but teamed with a fresh juice it is a nice way to start the day.  The online menu shows other GF options for breakfast, such as an omelette, so check the options at your local store.

Nut bowl 1_optGiraffe breakfast menu_opt

As mentioned, Giraffe is a family friendly restaurant – this is a good thing if you have young kids, but can be not so great when you don’t!   Below is a picture of all the prams at the Southbank restaurant on a summer’s weekend!

Giraffe prams_opt

There are some Giraffe spin offs, such as Giraffe Stop and Giraffe Kiosk.  I have seen this at King’s Cross station and they had a GF salad option and also bowls of curry or 3 bean chilli.

King's Cross giraffe stop_opt Giraffe King's Cross_opt

 

Giraffe is mentioned in the London airports post, London train stations post and London chain restaurants post, as well as in the Central London restaurant listingPlease click here for other London restaurant reviews.

 

www.giraffe.net/classic

 

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .

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