Giraffe, Holland Park

We had got up early to do the butcher big shop in Balham and on our way back we thought it would be nice to grab some breakfast. We initially chose Cyrano's on Holland Park Avenue but it was freezing in there so with a little trepidation we tried Giraffe. We had been to the one Marylebone before which is a bit of an open kiddie prison, very noisy, decent burgers but not somewhere to unwind.

The Holland Park incarnation was a much more adult and relaxing affair. The breakfast menu is pretty comprehensive. A few left field options but all the favourites like the full English covered. My lovely wife went for that option I was brave and tried the breakfast burrito. The english breakfast was massive but all the components were good, the sausage was particularly nice. My burrito was tasty, a nice blend of flavours, not my usual choice for breakfast but it's good to try new combinations. We avoided the weird and wonderful smoothies in favour of coffee. My mocha was a little cold, my wife's hot chocolate was good and they bought us plenty of iced tap water.

Service was friendly and efficient. Despite being a chain it didn't feel that way, the personal touch was evident. You might not buy into the whole hippy world music fusion vibe they are pushing but they do turn out nice food at a fair price. We will definetly pop back.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

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