A Trip to Giggling Squid, Brighton | LV In Love With

A Trip to Giggling Squid, Brighton

giggling squid thai restaurant

This post begins my own personal pledge to blog about every place I eat our at in my new home of Brighton. The first subject is Giggling Squid, an adorable small Thai restaurant in what feels like a higgledy piggledy old house. The restaurant is part of a small chain of restaurants in Sussex, Kent and Surrey and although I'd walked past many in my travels around the South East I'd never actually tried one out. This Friday was payday so that was enough of an excuse to treat ourselves to dinner at Giggling Squid.

giggling squid thai restaurant

As I said, it was payday therefore wine had to be included in the evening. I have very little knowledge of wine currently (I do hope to change that and try out a wine tasting course but..all in good time) so I normally just go on something in the middle price range. This time we plumped for a Pinot Grigio and well...it was yum! That will be the extent of my wine review. Anyway, onto the food.

giggling squid thai restaurant
giggling squid thai restaurant

I started with some duck spring rolls with plum sauce, the picture doesn't really convey it very well but they were massive! They were also hotter than the sun but, being the little piggy that I am, I soldiered on regardless. You can't really go too wrong with a spring roll and the duck was an indulgent little extra - they were pretty darn tasty. My boyfriend, Mike, had the Thai steamed mussels with a sweet chilli dip/sauce. The mussels were in a coconut milk based concoction that had a great level of spice to it and the mussels themselves were pretty sizeable. He wasn't so keen on the dip on the side but really the sauce it was cooked in was enough flavour. 

giggling squid thai restaurant
giggling squid thai restaurant

Although my spring rolls were big, I still had plenty of room for my main. I went for a Paneang chicken curry which was basically a thicker and a little more fragrant red curry. It was incredibly tasty but it was very rich so I ended up struggling at the end. That might have had something to do with the fact that we also had coconut rice, I think it just was a bit of a coconut milk overload! The rice was lovely and sticky though and the noodles tasted really fresh and were delicious even on their own. Mike had a sizzling plate of duck that was cooked in a sweet and sour tamarind sauce. He reliably informed me that it was cooked to perfection and tasted amazing, I wouldn't know as I didn't even get a look in - a sign of a good dish I suppose! 

The whole meal came to a reasonable £66.00 which I didn't think was too bad considering that was for starters, mains and a bottle of wine. We'll definitely be back when we're looking for our next Thai fix. I think Giggling Squid would make a great cosy date restaurant, you really do feel like you are in someone's front room but I think that adds to the charm. 

LV x
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