My friends and I did the bistro night at Jiraffe this past Monday. The fixed price is $33. For appetizer the choice was between a jumbo shrimp cocktail with avocado and endive or broccoli soup with a blue cheese covered crouton. My girlfriend and I had one of each and both were good. The shrimp came with 3 shrimp and the soup was no more than a handful. Neither of the dishes were amazing but both good.
For the main dish there was a choice between a lamb stew with carrots and potatoes and half a hen (aka chicken) with stuffing and roasted brussel sprouts. Again we had one of each, and both were good. I thought the lamb stew was better than the half chicken. The lamb stew was an above average dish and the chicken was about average. I mean, how good can a roast chicken be. The dinner portions were a good size but definately smaller than their usual portions.
For desert there was a chocolate bomb that was very good. I finished mine and jokingly asked the waiter for another one and he did bring me another one in a "to go" box. That was very nice.
All in all the service was great and the food was above average, but not amazing. The portions sizes were not large at all, but with an appetizer, main course, and desert there was ample food.
This is the second time I have been to Jiraffe, the other time we went on a Saturday night and ordered off the regular menu. The regular menu is definately better than the bistro one but both times I found the food to be good but not amazing. The bistro menu is better priced but still expensive. $33 with no drinks, so with tax and tip you are already at $42 a person. With wine or any drinks it can easily get to over $50 or $60 a person.
I find Jiraffe to be a solid restaurant but can never quite live up to all the hype and expense.
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