The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Cafe Giraffe

302 Little Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9640 0889

I had my first class-free Tuesday for the first time in ages. The plan was to go to Monash, pick up my court report and study in the law library all day but it turned out that Adam had a day off today so I ended up meeting him in the city for lunch instead (this was after I spent a solid morning studying at RMIT so don’t you think that I had a work-free day!). We were originally planning on taking advantage of Kri Kri Mezethopoleion‘s $24.50 p/h lunch banquet which sounded like it would be of extremely good value (even better, I was entitled to 25% thanks to my entertainment book card) but we decided to abort at the very last minute. Adam’s still feeling dodgy (hence, shorter appetite) and I really didn’t want a huge lunch so we ended up going to Cafe Giraffe, which was first reviewed on lovely Jan’s xanga. For us, the selling point was food at $8 or less – can’t go wrong with that!

Now the cafe is located on Little Lonsdale St, which isn’t really the prettiest street in the city. In fact, all the buildings look drab and deary including Cafe Giraffe. Even though I would walk past that place every now and then after work, I probably would not have thought about going in there had it not been for Jan’s review, to be honest.

While the outside of the cafe is as drab as a legal eagle who works in nearby William St, the inside is sunny and cheerful. The front room (which houses a few tables and the main counter) isn’t very big but if you look past the back wall, there is a door which leads you to a sunnier dining area filled with tables, chairs and all these cute little trinkets that the owners have lovingly placed all around the room. I swear, there were so many cute little things that I wanted to take a photo of every one of them. The problem though, was that there were enough pretty objects to fill a year 12 student’s VCE photography folio and so I just took the one photo (above). If you want to see more photos, Jan’s blog will have them.

Okay fine, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the namesake giraffe which was standing underneath the (fake) tree in the middle of the room.

My shepherd’s pie with salad ($8) and apple juice ($3.50). Okay, it wasn’t a very big pie but for $8, who’s complaining? It tasted quite different from most shepherd’s pies I’ve had in that this one tasted a LOT like spag bol. It even had a thin layer of bechamel sauce on the bottom. It was tasty, yes, and it was surprisingly filling but I doubt that I would order it again next time.

Adam’s Moroccan meatloaf (also $8). It too came with a salad and a bed of mashed potatoes. To be honest, it tasted like a normal meatloaf and I failed to see what was so “Moroccan” about it. Heck, my pie had more spice and zing to it than the freakin’ meatloaf. Like the pie though, I didn’t think it tasted that bad – it was fine actually – but again, nothing to order and recommend to your friends.

In short, filling food (especially the heartier dishes) at very reasonable prices. While I wouldn’t go just for the food (they were just okay) or the coffee (Adam’s long black ($3) had way too much water in it), it’s definitely a place where you can sit down and fill your stomach up when you’re feeling down. Seriously, this place is practically injected with a dose of sunshine, even though the weather was dull today. And hey, it was very hard for me to stay stressed and frowny after seeing Mr Giraffe!

Aside: I made mini chicken and mushroom pies on Sunday morning, using the Little Pies and Cakes recipe book published by The Australian Women’s Weekly. I followed the recipe step by step and also added a few extra ingredients to it, including an extra clove of garlic, cumin and paprika. Stupid me didn’t think to blind-bake the crusts before spooning the fillings in which explains why the filling was a little bit dry but that didn’t stop the masses from taking my pies by the handful later that day…

6 Comments on Cafe Giraffe

  1. peach_water
    May 26, 2009 at 07:24 (5 years ago)

    *blushes* You’re too nice Libby! haha.I’m glad the giraffe’s made you happy! haha. Thanks for telling me how the sheppherd’s pie is like.. because I was tempted to try it! My BFF wants to check this place so I’ll be taking her and a friend who got back from the US to this place! Wow Libby! the pies looks awesome. I need to do some cooking after my exams!Hey.. is 6 feet under about the funeral parlour? My friend was talking about it!

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  2. gns_moments
    May 26, 2009 at 09:39 (5 years ago)

    oh what the eff someone told me this was a korean cafe ages ago.haha

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  3. KeLlY_Siew
    May 26, 2009 at 11:12 (5 years ago)

    gosh. i still haven’t post about this. trev had the shepherd pie and we liked it though very different to the traditional. I also liked the vegetable dumplings! mmmMMmm pies the ultimate comfort food!

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  4. icesabre
    May 27, 2009 at 06:31 (5 years ago)

    This is like the Pie issue. You’re ordering them and baking them!Speaking of which, I’d rather eat a Four and Twenty or a home-style meat pie rather than what I’m eating now… a home-made thing you CAN get from Yum Cha but I never order because I can make it at home but I hate it.>_<

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  5. SNSAZN
    May 30, 2009 at 05:45 (5 years ago)

    @gns_moments - LOL. I think this place is run by Asians, most likely Koreans, so when your friend says that it’s a “Korean cafe”, I guess s/he isn’t COMPLETELY wrong…

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  6. gns_moments
    May 30, 2009 at 07:42 (5 years ago)

    @SNSAZN - i should give it a go and drag the koreans with me..haha

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