For my birthday this year Dec and I decided to head to Top Golf however it was shut on the day we wanted to go so we decided to go for dinner, baby free! After some umm’ing and ahh’ing we settled on Giggling Squid in Farnham.
Located on Castle Street it is easy to find and a delight as soon as you walk in. The decoration is beautiful, the restaurant is light and covered in the most gorgeous flowers. Every part of the restaurant is well detailed including the bathroom. Upon arrival we were greeted and asked where we would like to sit, we chose in the front part of the restaurant as it was quite quiet still – throughout the night it got more busy and people were seated in the back part of the restaurant. Every person who served us was attentive and always with a smile.
Opening the menu you are greeted with a lovely story on how the chain restaurant was first opened in Pranee and her husbands basement of their fishermans cottage which is now their Giggling Squid flagship restaurant in Brighton. Pranee also talks about her childhood growing up in Thailand and whilst reading it I was transported back to my amazing summer I spent there 5 years ago.
Okay the bit you are all waiting to read about, the food! We got some prawn crackers, a must when visiting a Thai restaurant, they were so moreish and had a kick of spice in them. I got the Chicken Satay and Dec got the Salt & Pepper Squid, they were both delicious. My chicken came away from the stick beautifully and the chicken satay was incredible, Dec’s Salt & Pepper Squid was too die for. He gets squid pretty much everywhere we go so we’ve tasted a lot of different dishes and I can hands down say it was the best Salt & Pepper Squid I’ve ever had.
Giggling Squid have a huge menu and it was so hard to choose, they have a different sections of the main menu – “from the water” “from the land” “stir fry” “curry” and “noodles and sides.” After much deliberation and one of the hardest choices I’ve had to make I went for the Prawn Paneang and Dec decided on the Rising Star Duck Curry. Both curries were out of this world, we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of prawns and duck in our curries, they definitely give you your moneys worth. I could of had everything on the menu but if we go back I would love to try the Royal Fishing Boat Curry – I’m a sucker for anything that has mussels in! We ordered one sticky rice between the two of us as I don’t eat much rice with my curry it worked out well but we probably could have done with ordering another. We also ordered a side dish of Roti to share, I had never tried Roti before but I am now hooked.
We didn’t have dessert as we were full from our mains and we didn’t want to have that too full feel sick feeling. Our meal was very reasonably priced it came to just over £60 with 2 starters, prawn crackers, 2 mains, 2 sides (including rice) and 3 soft drinks. We will definitely be returning and I can’t recommend this restaurant enough, I am so glad we decided to go here for my birthday and it made it a birthday not to forget.
Giggling Squid also have a tapas menu at lunchtime which I’d love to experience so I can try more dishes. They also offer a vegan menu.
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