302 Little Lonsdale st
Melbourne VIC 3000
phone: (03) 9640 0889
This place felt like being invited over to a friend's place for tea except that it happens to be a cafe in a little nook off Elizabeth Street in Melbourne's CBD and it's decked out with kitschy decor, students chilling out and chatting or immersed in their netbooks and getting a 'hit' of sweet treats and comfort food.
On this particular evening we'd wanted to find somewhere relaxing to stop for a quick, relaxed, cheap meal before going to watch a movie at Melbourne Central. While most of the other food options revolved around fast food (love a bit of peri peri chips) I'm glad we tried this place. We decided to go for a quick and simple gyoza with soba noodles and pumpkin curry- both vegetarian and the menu is small- but the meals were tasty.
soba goodness and crunchy fried gyoza
creamy pumpkin curry
Although we were full - we were determined to have something sweet to finish, after all half the menu options were desserts- with photos! We selected the tiramisu with espresso (super weak coffee but alright for dipping in sponge fingers) and a rich, warming chocolate pot served with a generous portion of ice cream.
tiramisu with short black
chocolate pot o' gold
I also liked this place as it's open late throughout the week (Mon- Thurs 9pm- Sat 11pm), which can be annoying if you're looking for somewhere to sit and eat cafe food after 5pm in the city. I didn't get to try the coffee or see what it's like during the day but I imagine this place serves as a good spot for students and city workers looking for a place to hide out away from the office. Overall Giraffe cafe has a quirky vibe to it- nothing unbelievably special foodwise - but it's tasty and the atmosphere is inviting and relaxed.