Reviewed by Claire Turner
I visited the Giraffe Cafe at Martlesham with my husband on Saturday afternoon, and although we were looking forward to it, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect from a cafe based in a Tesco supermarket – particularly as it was Saturday lunchtime.
As soon as we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised. It was nicely decorated, very clean and lovely and bright. There were plenty of tables available, so we joined the small queue – studying the menu on the wall behind the counter while we approached the front.
The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and keen to help you understand the choices on the menu. There was a choice of soups, curry, salads, pastries, baps, toasties or wraps, it all sounded and looked nice, but we were drawn to the range of hot dogs and burgers. In the end we were both keen to try the Matador burger (which included pulled pork, chorizo and salsa) my husband asked for no salsa, and they were happy to oblige. We also chose the ‘skin on fries’ (as a side).
There was a small selection of alcohol to go with the usual drink selection. The coffee was freshly ground and very tasty and the milk shake (we had a fresh banana one) was very nice – although if I was going to be very picky… not as large as I’ve had elsewhere.
The burgers are not your usual cafe burgers, they are what I’ve previously seen described as ‘gourmet’ – fresh tasting, very meaty – really impressive!
We finished our meal with a pastry (raspberry and custard) which was also very tasty and a carrot cake, which was moist, and creamy – and a generous portion.
We really enjoyed our visit and will definitely go back soon (I would love to try the breakfast menu) served till 11:30 and I should mention they have a kids menu too.
This is a real gem of a cafe… You can treat yourself to a good quality meal or spend less on a snack whilst shopping, or passing by. I would definitely give the cafe, the food and the staff 5 stars out of 5!
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit www.giraffe.net.
Open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
Giraffe, Tesco Extra, Anson Road, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, IP5 3RU | 01473 636 726