One of the latest additions to the Giggling Squid restaurant chain is their new branch in Kingston-upon-Thames.
The restaurant boasts the bright, airy, Asian inspired space that it’s regulars have come to love, and on a dreary Monday evening, stepping inside their new venue did not disappoint.
The décor is rustic yet notably pristine and exudes a serene setting for a relaxing dinner.
We were warmly received at Giggling Squid, by our waiter Edward who was as attentive from our arrival to the moment we left. He was very knowledgeable about all the dishes and his professionalism was stand out in comparison to other establishments in the area.
We started with a glass of Prosecco to whet our appetites and quickly made our way through a generous portion of spicy prawn crackers – true to their description, they’re very hard to stop eating!
The evening menu has a huge variety of choice and every dish has something to tempt your taste buds. We opted for the Salt and Pepper Squid, Crispy Pak Maew and as it was so hard to choose, we also tried the Roast Duck and Pomelo Salad. All were delicious in their own right but, the Duck and Pomelo salad was exquisite. Although it’s not something that either of us would have usually chosen, following Edward’s recommendation, it’s definitely what I will be choosing next time I visit!
Although our visit was on a Monday evening, the restaurant was busy with couples, families and groups of friends but it’s layout and ambience still leave’s it feeling very spacious and tranquil.
Admitting early on that our eyes had been bigger than our bellies our main courses arrived. My fiancée had ordered the Crying Beef which arrived sizzling and looking incredible. I opted for the Hake with Dry Green Curry, together with a side of Jasmine Rice and Pak Choi. Without wanting to leave without trying my Thai favourite of Pad Thai, we also ordered a side of this for good measure. All the dishes were again delicious and the generous portion sizes were very satisfying without the hefty price tag. Although the evening menu differs slightly from the Thai Tapas style lunch option, it’s very difficult not to share and try all the dishes on the table in a Tapas style.
Edward paired our dishes with a bottle of Mont Rocher Malbec which arrived at the perfect temperature and our glasses were dutifully topped up throughout our meal – a lovely touch.
Maintaining the impeccable quality right until the end, the Giggling Squid certainly doesn’t disappoint on the dessert front either. As a child, I always used to say that dessert was a separate compartment in your stomach so no matter how full you were, there was always room for a little dessert! With that in mind, we shared a portion of the Prosecco and Muddled Berry Cheesecake. It arrived smiling at us so what not to love! A perfect ending to a fabulous dinner.
In all honesty, Thai has never been at the top of my list of favourite cuisines but after this experience at the Giggling Squid – I’m sold! Much to my fiancé’s delight!
It’s no wonder they have just been nominated as ‘Best Entrepreneurial Company’ and ‘The Best Small and Medium sized business with fewer than 50 location’ Good Luck Giggling Squid!
From the 26th November, the restaurant is offering their festive season menu. At just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the Kingston Christmas markets, the Giggling Squid offers a vibrant Thai experience in a warm, relaxing atmosphere. And for the 1st time this year, the chains 29 branches throughout the UK will also be opening on Christmas Day with a set menu at £60 per head. With Christmas the ultimate time to bring friends and family together to share food around the table, why not ‘Thai up your festive season’
Written by Nina Speakman
For the foodie family member, the Giggling Squid restaurant vouchers are the perfect Christmas gift and a guaranteed treat to perk up those January blues. Vouchers can be purchased online here, http://gifts.gigglingsquid.com/.
To make an enquiry or a booking, guests are encouraged to call the restaurant directly – info below;
Giggling Squid Kingston: 19 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1LL – Telephone: 020 8549 7986