Giraffe is a restaurant that has been opened for a few months in the middle of Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi exactly right on the prestigious main ‘Town Square’ – the largest naturally lit central gathering space in any mall in the UAE.
The place is quite spacious and they have some sort of private tables with colorful hues and designs. I kind of like what they did with the interior of the whole restaurant with the comfortable couches and a small bar in front. They also have what you can consider outdoor seating because even though it’s inside the mall, you can still feel the heat and light of the sun.
Their menu features international cuisine and to be honest, it’s kind of hard to figure out what to order because they don’t focus on just one cuisine. There’s a variety of choices available from Mexican burrito to Moroccan tea to Turkish pide.
To help us, we asked for the recommendation of one of the waiters and he suggested the ones marked with the star as those are their bestsellers. We settled for the garlic flatbread and the salt & pepper squid as starters.
They have an option for 8 or 16 pieces which I think is a bit stingy on their side. Like seriously, I wonder if they counted the squids before they served it. I’ve ordered the same dish in other restaurants and they were generous enough to offer a large portion without mentioning how many pieces will be served. (Do you think there are 18 pieces in this one?)
We then ordered the following for the mains:
Bowl for the soul (Brown rice bowl with sugar snaps, red peppers, crispy shallots, fiery chilli and soy topped with a fried egg)
Chicken Katsu Noodles (Breaded chicken, noodles, pak choi, tender stem broccoli, sugar snaps and red peppers with a mild peanut & coconut sauce)Smokey Chipotle Chicken (Slow-roast chipotle marinated chicken with spicy fried rice and tomato & pink onion salad), Prawn Saganaki (King prawns cooked in garlic, chilli, white wine & tomato sauce, sprinkled with parsley and crumbled feta. Served with toasted Turkish bread) and the Penne Al Pomodoro but with white sauce.
Smokey Chipotle Chicken (Slow-roast chipotle marinated chicken with spicy fried rice and tomato & pink onion salad)
Prawn Saganaki (King prawns cooked in garlic, chilli, white wine & tomato sauce, sprinkled with parsley and crumbled feta. Served with toasted Turkish bread)
And lastly, the Penne Al Pomodoro but with white sauce.
The prices and the service are quite good in the restaurant although I have to say I found the taste of the food quite lacking in some aspects. I feel like if you don’t order the right dish, you might end up disappointed. I wasn’t impressed with the pasta and if I had not asked for more parmesan cheese, I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it. The rest of the food were really good and scrumptious but I think you really have to be careful and ask for some suggestions from the waiters.
Overall, I was quite satisfied with the food and the service at Giraffe. I can’t say I really enjoyed it although to be fair, they said they serve really good burgers but we were there for brunch and burger is not really a good idea at that time. Maybe next time, I can order the burger and update this blog post but for now, I’m on the fence for this one.