Giraffe by Simon Gault

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  • 85-87 Custom Street West
    Auckland Central, Auckland

  • Dietary - Vegetarian Friendly Dietary - Vegan Friendly Dietary - Coeliac Friendly Dietary - Gluten Free Friendly
  • Ocean Views Restaurant Month Family Friendly - Kids Menu Offers Early Bird Deals
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  • 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
    6:00pm - 11:00pm
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    • mon 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • tue 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • wed 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • thu 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • fri 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • sat 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • sun 12:00pm - 5:00pm,
      6:00pm - 11:00pm
    • $$$ - Avg Main $30+

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  • 09-358 1093
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Giraffe by Simon Gault

  • 85-87 Custom Street West
    Auckland Central, Auckland
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Professional Reviews: Giraffe by Simon Gault

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6 reviews

Restaurant review: Giraffe

Cuisine 6 September 2018

The viaduct on a sultry Friday evening is booming with baby boomers. Most restaurants and bars are packed. Giraffe, the latest venture by everyone’s favourite Masterchef judge Simon Gault, is no exception.

The old Mecca site is an awkward triangular space with an intersecting passageway to The Sebel. Yet it feels warm and comforting, elegant yet restrained. The open kitchen and wide bar area make the place bustle, while brass handrails and a spectacular curved bar-side table give a slightly nautical nod. And because it’s a Paul Izzard design it’s polished with an understated opulence.

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Restaurant review: Giraffe, Auckland CBD

4.0 New Zealand Herald 19 August 2017

I checked the bill. I paid the bill. They were still kissing. I was glad I'd finished eating.

Just before chef Simon Gault opened this restaurant, he told the Herald he wanted patrons to feel like they were in someone's home. I think he probably meant the dining room, not the bedroom, but it's the Viaduct, right? Loud and lurid, loose and louche. Anything (and anyone) goes.

In fact, Gault is hedging his bets. Because while his menu rewards hedonists (the "social feasts" sometimes run to an entire baby pig) you can also bring your children here for a $28 kids' TV dinner (two types of chips, two types of pasta and a treat on a tray).

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Restaurant review: Giraffe, Auckland CBD

4.0 New Zealand Herald 23 July 2017

In my student days, when I worked in the original Tony's as a kitchenhand, the eponymous Mr White would grudgingly allow us a small bowl of spaghetti at 5pm. His brother, David, who was in charge on Sundays, asked us to pick out the best steak we could find and cooked it for us, perfectly. Guess which Mr White we went the extra mile for when the going got tough around 9pm?

Perhaps Simon Gault had a similar experience once, because at Giraffe, if you show up before 6, they ask you to wait while the staff finish their dinner. It's a nice touch, I think, and it reassures diners that they are in a place where the boss wants the workers to be happy because happy workers produce happy diners.

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Restaurant Review: Giraffe, Viaduct

5.0 Viva 5 July 2017

Did you ever have one of those moments when you know you’ve married the right person? Early on at Giraffe a waiter came over with two flutes of Nautilus cuvee, gave one of them to me and dropped the other one into my wife’s lap.

And at the crucial moment, as the glass tipped irretrievably past the 45 degree mark and the pale straw coloured liquid began to spill out and over her beloved light grey Juliette Hogan coat, my wife caught my eye with an expression only I would ever be able to interpret. The expression said “Yoink. This one will be free”.

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Simon Gault's New Restaurant Giraffe

Viva 7 June 2017

Giraffe, the curious name of Simon Gault's new Viaduct eatery, came from a source dear to the top restaurateur's heart — his 3½-year-old daughter Hazel.

It fits perfectly, he says, in terms of the way he's approached the changing habits of his guests by opening up the kitchen so patrons feel as if they're eating at someone's home.

"Everything is in full view and transparent — a 'giraffe's-eye' view, if you like. By doing this, the diners feel connected to the chefs, the kitchen and the food itself," he says.

"We’ll welcome and treat them like they are guests in our house, get to know them and look after them."

The new all-day eatery, which opens next Thursday, June 15, marks Simon's return to the Viaduct following a two-year hiatus.

Its menu will be made up of smaller dishes and shared plates that will feature premium ingredients sourced from producers and growers the kitchen team knows personally and with whom it plans to build long-term relationships.

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Simon Gault's New Restaurant Giraffe

Viva 7 June 2015

Giraffe, the curious name of Simon Gault's new Viaduct eatery, came from a source dear to the top restaurateur's heart — his 3½-year-old daughter Hazel.

It fits perfectly, he says, in terms of the way he's approached the changing habits of his guests by opening up the kitchen so patrons feel as if they're eating at someone's home.

"Everything is in full view and transparent — a 'giraffe's-eye' view, if you like. By doing this, the diners feel connected to the chefs, the kitchen and the food itself," he says.

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Awards
  • 2018 Critics Choice - Runners Up 2018 Critics Choice - Runners Up received @ 1 January 2018 For the inaugural Restaurant Hub’s Critics’ Choice Awards, New Zealand Herald restaurant critics Jesse Mulligan, an Editor from Viva, and Kim Knight, a Restaurant Critic from Canvas considered their favorite dining experiences of 2017 and picked their respective top five restaurants, including their overall winners. The Runner-up Award was presented to the 4 out of their top 5 restaurant dining experiences from 2017 that weren't selected as overall winners.
  • 2018 Beef and Lamb Award 2018 Beef and Lamb Award received @ 13 September 2018 None
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