We find out what it's like at the Giggling Squid in Windsor
PUBLISHED: 15:31 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:31 21 March 2019
Sarah Rodi spent a chilled evening at the quirky Giggling Squid restaurant in Windsor trying out their new menu
I had never been to a Giggling Squid restaurant before. I had walked past both the one in Marlow and the one in Windsor by the Theatre Royal many a time, but I’d never got round to venturing inside. And now, after visiting the Windsor restaurant, I can’t believe I left it this long to try it.
Giggling Squid are a family of 30 Thai restaurants, founded by Pranee Laurillard and named after the nickname of one of her three children!
The Windsor restaurant is so quirky; I love it. It overlooks the castle and has lots of light, plus pretty trellises with flowers. The ambience is relaxed but buzzing; a sign of a popular haunt.
We had come for dinner, and my friend, Karen, and I ordered some prawn crackers to munch on while we browsed the menu. They were slightly spicy and very moreish! We weren’t sure what to drink, so Harry, who served us, recommended a great Sauvignon Blanc Campo Azafran from Spain. Fresh and citrusy, he said it went well with green curry, which helped Karen to make her decision.
I was keen to try the new menu, so opted for the Thai chicken wings to start, and Karen chose the crispy spring rolls. Of course, we tried each other’s, and both were delicious. My chicken wings were full of flavour, and the rolls, filled with mixed vegetables and served with sweet chilli sauce, were the perfect mix of crunch on the outside and soft on the inside.
For main, I picked the chicken stir-fry pak maew. Apparently this leaf is Pranee’s new favourite ingredient after her chef spotted it in a market in Thailand. The stir-fry had a strong, spicy red curry flavour and I really enjoyed it.
Karen loved her Thai green chicken curry and jasmine rice too. Upon asking where they source their ingredients from, I was told they import fresh Thai herbs and vegetables directly from Thailand, and make use of British meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.
I’d never had dessert in a Thai restaurant before, so I was intrigued to see what was on the menu. And when I spotted the molten chocolate dessert served warm with vanilla ice cream, I knew I had to have it. Karen caved and had one too, and the gooey warm chocolate was divine.
I was also interested to see they offer a children’s menu. You can mix and match small plates, such as spring rolls, pork dumplings, grilled pork on skewers and more, at two for £5.95. My girls will love this. And, as the the Giggling Squid restaurant in Marlow has just had a makeover, I think it would be rude not to check it out…
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