Review: Giraffe, Union Square, Aberdeen

This year I’ve been doing my best to avoid chain restaurants – there’s more than enough brilliant eateries around Aberdeen.

However, the launch of a new menu at one of my favourites, Giraffe, was enough to tempt me back in.

The entire restaurant, not just the menu, has had a refresh, but it still manages to maintain it’s Latin theme.

Being nacho addicts we were curious to see what had changed.

Gone is the option of chorizo, instead you can either have them topped with chicken or beef, piled atop a mound of chips, a fresh salsa and plenty of beans, sweetcorn and melted cheese to bind the whole thing together.

My main course was the smoked chicken pide – a rich smokey tomato sauce spread heavily across a flatbread and topped with moist chicken, sweet red peppers and salty feta.

My partner opted for the katsu chicken bowl – a massive portion of breaded chicken, noodles and crunchy vegetables all coated in a delightful peanut and coconut sauce.

The menu revamp has kept the best of their old offerings and introduced some stunning new dishes.

It’s a winning combination.

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