Giggling Squid, Leicester
After a long wait, we finally have a Thai restaurant in the heart of the city. Giggling Squid opens its door on the 10th of February in St Martins Square. With 100 covers, the restaurant is here to give customers an enjoyable experience in a relaxed, yet contemporary environment.
A bit of history
Pranee Laurillard and her husband Andrew founded Giggling Squid. It started in 2002 in a small cottage in Brighton and now has 34 other restaurants in the UK.
The simple, rustic and fresh Thai food is cooked by master Thai chefs. Most of their cuisine is from central Thailand, so not so spicy however the chefs can add some heat if you want.
The pastel green walls blend well with floral decorations. If you are lucky and book early you can sit in one of their floral booths.
Pranee has previously said she wanted “an energetic, informal, adventurous food scene” and that is the vibe I got when I was at Giggling Squid.
The staff are all friendly, upbeat and knowledgeable. On the evening they were keen to ensure we enjoyed the experience.
The Thai Tapas concept is simple and rustic. Giggling Squid wants you to enjoy your meal, share the food and have a great experience. All food is cooked by master Thai chefs.
On the evening I managed to speak to Pranee (who is so down to earth and passionate). She confirmed their flavours are based around Central Thailand, so much milder than the other regions. However, if you want some heat, you just need to ask the chefs. She also confirmed they have a Vegan menu and cater for different diets too.
My first impressions of the food (based on the canapes I tried)..simply delicious and to the standard, I was hoping it to be.
Golden Coins: These were definitely a bag of gold..bursting with flavour, all wrapped in a golden crisp pastry. These are currently not on the menu (but were on their Christmas menu) and because of their popularity are back in March.
Salt and Pepper Squid: A perfect crispy coating, covers the fresh squid which is flavoured with salt & pepper. The canapes were garnished with spring onions and a sweet chilli sauce. This is their best seller and it is clear why.
Sweet Sticky Pork Belly: Flavoured with a rare pepper, a bite of this only makes you want more. The pork belly was tender and had the correct consistency.
Satay Chicken: Deliciously grilled chicken skewers, flavoured with coconut milk and lemongrass, served with pickled vegetables and peanut sauce..these were served in cute boats and were so tasty. The chicken was cooked well too.
On the evening there were vegetarian dishes but I was quite full on the above I gave them a miss. We did some fizz, beer and wine to wash down the delicious canapés. I look forward to trying the drinks from their cocktail menu – the Mango Chilli Mosquito sounds right up my street.
Thank you Giggling Squid for inviting me to the VIP evening. I cannot wait to return for a meal and to share my experiences.
Giggling Squid opens its doors on the 10th of February.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the preview evening however all opinions and photos are my own unless stated otherwise.