Serving up rustic Thai food in a contemporary setting, the Giggling Squid started its life in a tiny fisherman’s cottage in 2002. Since then it has become a small but successful chain offering up Thai tapas, curries and stir-fries.
Since you’re by the sea, it makes sense to visit a place so perfectly named. Thankfully, there’s more to the menu –not just squid (although we would recommend ordering some). ‘From the water’ you’ll find banana leaf-grilled sea bass, krachai prawns, and pad cha – a popular seafood stir fry.
If you aren’t one for seafood, its ‘from the land’ section offers up a selection of beef, duck and pork dishes that will make your mouth water. What’s more, for those who don’t like to stray from the classics, you can order a red or green Thai curry. The Giggling Squid refers to this dish as the old favourite of foreigners traveling in Thailand (they sure have us down to a tee, don’t they?).
Believe it or not, The Giggling squid originally started as a tapas restaurant. Since its humble beginnings, it had evolved into bigger things but it still has its original tapas menu (albeit with a Thai twist) to order for lunch time. We would go for the ‘starving squid’ with red curry, dumplings and spring rolls. Or if you’re feeling a little spendy, order the ‘wealthy squid’ with lamb curry, duck spring rolls, zingy prawns and jasmine rice to fill the spot and keep you going through to dinner.
This bright and airy restaurant, complete with nautical touches, authentic pops of colour and comfortable seating, fits the bill when it comes to simple food – exactly how they would eat it in Thailand. With so many dishes to choose from you can take comfort in knowing that whatever you order will be sure to curb your craving.