Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Review: Giggling Squid, Warwick
I do love a little trip out to Warwick. It's a lovely town, with a great range of pubs and restaurants. One of these is the newish Giggling Squid, a modern Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful town house on the High Street.
I liked how tastefully the building had been decorated; lots of wood, plenty of plants and a few simple nods to Thailand.
I couldn't resist trying their Valentines special cocktail- Get Giggly contained strawberry vodka, dry rose wine, hibiscus and pink prosecco. Plus a cute strawberry heart. This was a special edition but if it sounds like your sort of thing, try the Hibiscus Fizz- very similar, a light and refreshing drink.
Thai food at its best is fresh, light, a little hot from chilli. I chose DIY Bundles (£7.95) to start. I've had something similar at another Thai restaurant, but called something more traditional. Giggling Squid's version is baby gem lettuce leaves, which you fill with big, juicy prawns, chilli sauce, peanuts, fresh lime, red onion, spring onion and mint. Glorious fresh flavours and textures. When I had this before it was with dried prawns, but I loved the moisture from the fresh prawns. This was a messy, fun, tasty starter.
Edd chose Pork Dumplings (£6.65) steamed, served in soy and rice vinegar and topped with fresh red chilli. These were meaty and spicy but of course you could knock the chilli off if you want.
I chose Sleeping Honey Duck with Orange Salad (£15.50). I loved the sticky, sweet duck and the addition of the orange and onion salad made it feel a little fresher.
Edd chose Tamarind Duck (£14.75) which was very similar- sticky, sweet, with a little more sourness. I would recommend my choice over the Tamarind Duck due to the addition of the salad.
I'd already looked at the menu and decided to go for Brighton Rose Yoghurt Ice Cream (£4.95) for pudding. It was creamy, not too sweet and came with a sweet little fruit salad. Just my type of pudding. I also had a Harmony Tea (£2.20) which appeared to have cardamom and fennel seeds in it- just what you need after a meal.
Edd chose Caramelised Mango Cake (£5.25) which was basically mango upside down cake. It was tangy and not too heavy but I preferred my floral ice cream.
A lovely meal. Definitely recommended to anyone in Warwick. They also have some lovely sounding 'Thai Tapas' available at lunch so I look forward to giving that a go next time I have a day trip to Warwick.
Giggling Squid, Warwick
Photos by Helen and Edd.
Food and drink were complimentary for review purposes.