Following the opening of Giggling Squid in Bury St Edmunds last month, we thought it was about time we called in for lunch.
Promising simple, rustic and fresh Thai dishes, we were really looking forward to unveiling a new favourite dining spot. Having attended their opening event, we had already had a small taster of the elegant interior and delicious canapes, but it was a good excuse to explore the menu.
After ordering a few drinks, we began looking through their menu which is easily broken down into Tapas combos, side dishes, larger main courses and ‘Two Dish Combis’. The tapas combos had everything from Thai Green curry to Massaman curries and stir fries. The side dishes also looked incredibly tempting. There were spring rolls, seared scallops, honey duck, prawns and even salads for those looking for something a little lighter.
After much deliberation we settled on the Wealthy Squid and the Hungry Squid tapas sets. We couldn’t help but order some crackers to start and a side of the Salt & Pepper Squid and the Sleeping Honey Duck. The Wealthy Squid was a small serving of Massaman Curry with Jasmine Rice, Prawn Toast and Shredded Duck Rolls. The Hungry Squid was a Thai Green Curry, again with Jasmine Rice, Chicken Satay and Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry.
The dishes themselves looked amazing – full of colour and divided into four separate sections. It was great to be able to sample four different dishes without having to order lots and we still felt as though we’d ordered a starter and some side dishes.
In hindsight, we really didn’t need the squid and duck dishes as these tapas sets were incredibly filling. That said, we certainly didn’t regret it.
The squid was really flavoursome and not at all chewy or tough. If you’re not into squid or perhaps haven’t tried it before, I would really recommend doing so. The chilli dip adds a nice little kick too. Sleeping duck? Yes, we weren’t sure what that was either… but this too was also a hit! The tender duck breast was served with honey and cashew nuts and it really did melt in your mouth. We shared the remaining tapas dishes between us and I have to say the Thai Green Curry was my favourite.
Sadly we didn’t explore the dessert menu, but there’s always next time! I’m really glad we chose to go at lunch time as their tapas selection was great. I’ll certainly be heading back, perhaps for a Sauvignon one evening this time, although their green tea was divine! I’m also keen for one of their Giggling Pad Thais…
Take a look at their menu for yourself here.
Giggling Squid, 21 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Tel: 01284 766373