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Giraffe Grand Central Review | Birmingham

May 12, 2017

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to eat right?! With lots of restaurant choices it can be hard to pick one to please everyone. Well Giraffe can help there, with their world food menu, there really is something for everyone.

Giraffe World Kitchen, a long established high street eatery is actually somewhere I’d never tried before. Dr W has been before, he was a bit sceptical but was rather pleased to see the menu had somewhat been down sized a bit. He said the issue on his last visit was just there was a bit too much on there and it impacted on the service. So we were a bit more optimistic upon seeing this. And in all honesty we weren’t disappointed…

Giraffe World Kitchen - Cocktails Happy Hour

Giraffe World Kitchen - Nachos

Giraffe World Kitchen - Bao

Starters and Cocktails

Seeing as it was happy hour we couldn’t really say no to a couple of cocktails. Dr W went for the Mexican Sunset and me the Singapore Sling. Both wonderfully refreshing drinks, perfect after a long day at work, although not particularly punchy if that’s what you’re hoping for.

For our starters Dr W chose the Katsu Chicken Bao Buns and me the Spicy Beef Nachos. The Bao were pretty and presented well, with a wonderfully spicy sauce. The Nachos were cheesy, spicy and the beef was perfect. FYI they were rather large so maybe you’d be better off sharing these as a starter… Dr W helped me finish them!

Giraffe World Kitchen - Giraffe Burger

Giraffe World Kitchen - Onion Rings


Having had full on starters we didn’t really stop when it came to picking mains! Dr W opted for the American BBQ Short Ribs here, with Loaded Home Fries, slaw and beans. The ribs were sweet and smoky, fell off the bone and went perfectly with sides. I went for the Smoky Joe Burger with Onion Rings. A deliciously juicy burger, the salad was a bit mad though (chunks of lettuce) so I ate that separately! It wasn’t as smoky as I’d hoped it’d be, but it was still pretty darn tasty.

Giraffe World Kitchen - BBQ Ribs

Giraffe World Kitchen - Loaded Fries

Giraffe World Kitchen - Dessert

Dessert and Cocktails

Despite being very very full we tried out Churros with chocolate orange and caramel dips. As well as a Rocky Road Sundae, which was a very chocolatey affair, but not as ‘rocky road’ as we were hoping. We had two final cocktails too, the very refreshing Nordic Cosmopolitan and the sweeter, but also refreshing Cape Sundowner. Both were tasty but could’ve been a little bit longer and again, stronger!

Giraffe World Kitchen - Happy Hour Cockails


The meal was tasty and we quite enjoyed the diverse menu. The cocktails didn’t pack as much of a punch I was hoping for, but they were good value in the happy hour deal. As usual, as I find with most places, dessert isn’t the main focus of the menu, that aside dinner was tasty and I’d definitely try out Giraffe World Kitchen again. The service on the other hand was great, we weren’t harassed but we weren’t ignored and our server was very friendly.

If you want to try Giraffe for yourself, download a £10 off when you spend £30 voucher. These vouchers are valid until 26th May 2017.

Have you been to Giraffe before? What do you like the look of? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thanks to Giraffe for inviting us down to try out the menu. As ever all photos, opinions and words are my own.

P.P.S. Dining Terrace, Grand Central, Birmingham, B2 4XJ.


  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte May 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    Yum! I’ve been a couple times and it’s been good. I do love me some churros!

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      I’m definitely going to go again, there was so much on the menu I want to try!

  • Reply Chloe May 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve never tried a Giraffe but the food looks yum!

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    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      You should give them a go – the food was tasty 🙂

  • Reply Becca Talbot May 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I love Giraffe – my friends and I always go there for brunch on a sunday, the food is always really fresh and colourful x

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      I’ve heard good things about the brunch – think I’ll have to try that next 🙂

  • Reply Lubka Henry May 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Oh such delicious temptations… starting from the cocktail of course :))

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      The food was good, the cocktails were super tasty too 🙂

  • Reply Mellissa Williams May 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Love the look of the short ribs and wow that Rocky Road Sundae looks delish! Wish there was one near me, I’d be in there all the time

    • Reply MissPond May 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      The ribs were tasty – Dr W ordered a great dish there 🙂

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