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Dining Out: Giggling Squid comes to Cambridge

If you’re a fan of Thai food, great news: Giggling Squid has come to Cambridge. With a menu including exclusive new dishes - such as the vibrant Butternut Boat and Three Flavour Sea Bass - it arrived in Wheeler Street’s lovely Old Library building, formerly Jamie’s Italian, at the end of last month.

Beginning in Brighton, there are now 36 branches of Giggling Squid across the country and, as founder Pranee Laurillard explains, each pays tribute to her Thai homeland through its decor and atmosphere, as well as its menu, which is cooked by Thai chefs.

“Thai mealtimes are energetic, informal, adventurous and where food is celebrated,” she says. “It’s relaxed and there’s no standing on ceremony. We simply want people to have a great time over something tasty!

“Every Giggling Squid has my own personal touch to it, and this restaurant is no different; it’s a spectacular space that we hope will bring a lot of pleasure to our guests.”

Giggling Squid comes to Cambridge (42852809)
Giggling Squid comes to Cambridge (42852809)

Decorated on a floral theme - without detracting from the building’s famed period features, including a pillared ceiling complete with dome - the Cambridge restaurant is a beauty, with focal points including painted wall panels and pergolas spilling over with faux blooms.

Taking its name from Thailand’s nickname, ‘the land of smiles’, the Cambridge team hope Giggling Squid will bring a little joy to the city in these challenging times, with a takeaway service also launching soon. “Giggling Squid’s entire ethos is centered on guests leaving their restaurants feeling fulfilled, both physically and emotionally,” they say, “making this the perfect location for a delicious meal and moment of merriment in a year of unprecedented times.”

Giggling Squid is at Wheeler Street, The Old Library, Cambridge and gigglingsquid.com

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