Giggling Squid Thai restaurant opens in Marlow
PUBLISHED: 12:38 26 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 26 February 2014
Giggling Squid, the fast growing chain, which introduced the ‘Thai Tapas’ concept to Britain, has come to Marlow
The 90-seater, two-floor restaurant has opened on the former Pachangas Mexican restaurant site on West Street.
Marlow is Giggling Squid’s eighth location which is set to become the first national Thai chain in the UK, with plans to grow a portfolio of 80-strong prime site properties inside seven years.
Giggling Squid already operates successful venues in Henley-on-Thames, Brighton, Hove, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, Reigate and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Owned by husband and wife team Andy and Pranee Laurillard – the brand is derived from the nickname of one of their three children – Giggling Squid’s formula of serving “rustic” Thai cuisine, with the emphasis on sea- and street-food, is a winning one.
Since opening the first Giggling Squid in 2009, the pair deliberately set out to look and cook different – using drift wood and reclaimed timbers, to create a modern chic environment.
Queues forming outside its latest openings for the “hottest tables in town” are not an unusual sight.
The lunch menu offers a choice of six Tapas-style ‘tasting sets’ that allow diners to sample several of different dishes in at a single sitting, costing between £8.00 and £10.50 with 16 individual dishes priced under £4.00. “Big” dishes with rice cost £6.50 to £7.95. “Combi” meals with starters are priced between £6.00 and £7.25.
A more extensive evening menu is more extensive with over 50 dishes available. The ever popular Thai Green Chicken Curry is £8.95. Deserts, such as their unqiue Black Sesame Ice Cream, cost between around £5 and £6.
The quality of the cooking is widely acclaimed, and described by The Times as “exciting” with leading food critics claiming as some of the best Thai cuisine to be found any where in Britain.
Giggling Squid was recently named as one of the as one of the best family restaurants along side Pizza Express, Wagamama, Jamie’s Italian and Loungers by Restaurant Magazine at the R200 Restaurant Awards – despite having no children’s menu, ball pit or colour-in place mats.
Giggling Squid believe the accolade is indicative of customers turning away from food and eating environments “dumbed-down to the lowest common denominator.”
“In Thailand the whole family eat together and enjoy the same dishes,” said Pranee. “Although our chefs will tame down the more fiery dishes for children on request – more kids these days really enjoy spicy food.”
Giggling Squid’s belief is that “the family” is not just about children and that grandparents and great grand parents are just as important to a culture that reveres its senior members.
Giggling Squid, 24 West Street, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2NB