Sunday, 15 May 2016

The 'Deen Scene: Giraffe, Union Square

A note from Joelle... 
* still on the iphone quality while I search for a new camera to buy
The best thing about finishing my degree and the fab weather we've been having recently (VERY rare) is that I have more time to explore Aberdeen and try out more places.
Very hungry (and slightly overdressed), I caught up with some of the Aberdeen blogger ladies and we headed to a taster supper of Giraffe's Spring menu.
Giraffe, Union Square
I had never been before, so didn't know what the vibe was like or even what food was on offer. But I was impressed as soon as I walked in - dim lighting, quirky interiors and good music.

There is a lot of variety in the dishes and cocktails, so there is something for everyone on the Spring menu.
I ordered the Mango Mule cocktail (ginger beer, lime, mint and mango vodka) - yaaaaaas, it was delicious! It's just a shame that it took over 40 minutes for everyone to receive their drinks - 40 minutes for around 15 cocktails (many of which were the same).
Giraffe, Union Square
Giraffe, Union Square
I went for the Goan King prawn curry for my main - a spicy coconutty curry with generous helping of king prawns. A tad bit too spicy for me at times, but the plain rice complimented it quite well.
Giraffe, Union Square
Katherine and Amey opted for the chicken burger and fries.
Giraffe, Union Square

For pudding, I opted for the churros, a big favourite of mine - hot  and crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, matched perfectly with cinnamon sugar and hot chocolate dipping sauce.
Giraffe, Union Square

I think the churros would be better presented in a paper cone or rustic-style bucket. Also, the hot chocolate dipping sauce was a bit stingy.

I wasn't impressed at how short-staffed the restaurant was - there was one waiter in working the entire place on his own. 
It took over 35 minutes to receive our cocktails and just under and hour to receive our main courses.
This isn't acceptable for a restaurant knowing that 15 bloggers are coming to review it, in my opinion.

I know it seems like I'm nitpicking, but these kinds of things can make a difference on whether customers recommend a restaurant or not.

Nonetheless the staff we met were friendly and the courses were really delicious. So I do recommend Giraffe for the delicious cocktails and menu, as there's something for everyone!

Unit FS3B, Union Square, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 5RG



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