Food in the Trafford Centre has gone from strength to strength recently. There is now a Bill’s and an interesting looking street food place who’s name escapes me. The point is, the Trafford Centre is getting much better with their food offering and there are so many places I have yet to visit. Giraffe was one of them so we popped in one lunch time to see what they had to offer.
The interior of the Trafford Centre restaurant is vast but made to feel cosy with these bright artwork panels and comfy booths. There is an open kitchen so you can see your food being prepared and the organisation of the staff was a joy to watch. This is a well oiled machine that works so well.
We perused the menu with some drinks and chose to try the none alcoholic offerings, it was lunchtime after all. The Fresh Lemonade was light and refreshing with added mint, it was soon gone. The Strawberry Smash was more like a cocktail with the booze taken out. It reminded me of a strawberry daiquiri by the pool whilst soaking up the sun.
The menu covers most type of cuisine, so we chose to visit Japan and Mexico with our starters of Nachos and Duck Gua Bao Buns. We chose to add chicken to the nachos and a huge bowl appeared topped with guacamole, chilli, sour cream and chipotle. They were on the spicier side of what I prefer and I would have liked more melted cheese as I do like them gooey but the chilli was a lovely touch and they were more than enough to feed us both.
The bao buns were a little chewy and not pillow like but I have been totally spoilt by the amazing ones at Shoryu. The duck filling was full of flavour and was ample for the size of the buns.
Onto mains and my friend chose a Rodeo Chicken Burger without onion rings and mushroom. It looks a little flat in the picture but would obviously have been much more stacked with these additions! The Topped Home Fries were so tasty! Cubes of potato topped with pulled pork and melted cheese were so moreish that I stole several.
I had to try the Lamb Tagine which arrived on a mountain of cous cous dotted with pistachios and pomegranate. The lamb was soft and tender, the sauce aromatic with a gentle heat, the flat bread perfect for mopping it all up. The portion is also huge and far too much for one person after such a hefty starter.
Feeling thoroughly stuffed but still tempted by dessert, we ended in Spain with some Churros that are normally served with dulce du leche or chocolate sauce. We were cheeky and asked for both although, out of the two, I would order the dulce du leche next time. The churros had a delightfully crunchy shell with a light and fluffy centre. Amazingly we ate THEM ALL despite whinging beforehand that we had no room left in our tummies for any more food.
We were pleasantly surprised by Giraffe although found the menu really hard to choose from due to the sheer difference between the dishes from different areas of the world. It is great for families who can’t come to a decision about the cuisine they fancy as they cover everything! We will definitely visit next time we are in the Centre but next time I’ll give the starters a miss so I can finish that tagine.
We were invited to dine as guests and weren’t asked to pay for our food.