I booked a table for fourteen here for a leaving do this weekend and I was a bit worried about how we all would fit. Luckily they have an upstairs section which also has easy access to the toilets.
The menu selection is great and the descriptions made it hard to choose our meals. I had the prawn crackers to start and for the main I ordered the Massaman Chicken Curry with Jasmine rice. It was delicious! Friends ordered the lamb shank Massaman, pad thai, red curry, squid, vegetable platter and also various other curries and to be honest, none of us were disappointed. The food was full of flavour and had just the right amount to fill us up.
Lovely atmosphere, service and food. Would definitely come back here!
What? No? Really? I don't get it!
First, it's not Thai tapas? Or wasn't when I went! Is that just a lunchtime thing?
Also... Wheres the chilli? In fact, wheres the lime? Wheres the flavour?! Did I just catch The Giggling Squid on an off day? Nothing was awful, it just wasn't great either, not my kind of Thai food and it kind of felt like style over substance.
The Giggling Squid (silly name) is a really lovely little Thai restaurant in Hove, specialising in Thai seafood tapas. Sounds a little peculiar? Well, at first glance it might, but Thai tapas do seem to be very "in" right now, and the concept certainly works: lots of little spicy seafood dishes is really fantastic idea. Add on top of that that everything here is designed and cooked excellently... Unless you don't like seafood, you must try The Giggling Squid: it is one of the best new restaurants in town.
While the Thai tapas idea is not a new one, I have yet to go somewhere where it has been done as well as The Giggling Squid. Mai Ped Ped Ped in town certainly has the right idea, but The Giggling Squid's further step of seafood-specialisation is a brilliant one. They don't need to provide acres of choice and the food is served quickly, and tastes scrumptious. I love my seafood, and this is an excellent example of good seafood cooking: not over-spiced or flavoured (which would overpower the seafood's quite subtle flavour), but enough to enhance: perfect.
Beyond the excellent food, the whole place screams of class. Looking more like a wine-bar or alternate Starbucks than a classic Thai restaurant, the ambiance in The Giggling Squid says 'young professionals having lunch' over 'knock-off Buddhas and bamboo'. The tone is right: this isn't about recreating an experience of Thailand, it's about creating a good environment to eat in. Add to that that the prices are cheap and cheerful, the service excellent, and you'll see why I recommend it so highly.
I've been toying between 4 and 5 stars this whole review: there are some negatives here, but I'm not sure if they deserve to knock The Giggling Squid down a rating. First of all, the location is not great: too far out of town for a lunchtime meeting for most Brightonians. Also, if you don't like seafood, the alternate vegetarian dishes do smack a little of 'well, here's something you can eat, but why did you come here?' Still, everything else is brilliant: I'm going to stick at 5, it's awesome here. Just don't bring friends who don't like seafood, they will go wanting.
I don't know if I really understand the name behind this seafood based Thai restaurant, well I do, it's just I don't really know how to feel about it. if I actually was faced with a giggling squid, I wouldn't know whether to curl up in a ball or to put a video up on Youtube.
Anyway, I came here not realising the seafood speciality, something that didn't really help me. Thankfully, prawns were on the menu, that spared me having to try my least favourite food; fish.
I had a sticky chili and ginger king prawn dish that was amazing, if not a little bit small. Regardless though, I would happily come back here. What was particularly nice was the care and attention that has gone in to the menu and service offered, all of which make the Giggling Squid a cut above the competition.
Specialising in Thai Seafood, the Giggling Squid is one of the few places in Hove where Thai cuisine meets modernity with open arms. Sometimes authenticity can get in the way of contemporary thinking but the Giggling Squid has managed to achieve an effective balance of these things. The food provides you with genuine Thai flavours whereas the décor has the relaxed vibe of a top-notch coffee house. The rustic interior enables them to diversify into Tapas without it seeming out of place.
This makes for a good lunchtime deal, as you can get a set of 4 Tapas dishes for £7. However, if you'd rather stick with the Thai theme, I'd recommend the two for £5 lunch deal, which is great value for the quality. All the dishes are perfectly seasoned and the choice is such that you could visit regularly and not get bored.
I'd recommend booking on weekends as it can get quite busy but for better service I'd go during the week when the fulltime staff are working. Whilst not mind blowing, this is definitely a solid restaurant. Somewhere you needn't worry about taking your family.
The Giggling Squid in Hove is located approximately 45 seconds from the door of my office, which makes it the perfect place to go and grab a lunchtime bite.
Their lunchtime menu offers excellent value for money, with their Two Dish Meal Combi's a choice of vegetarian, chicken or prawn at £5-£5.95. For this price you get a choice of either vegetable tempura, spring roll, dumpling or prawn on toast accompanied by a small meal.
My personal favourite (and exceptional value for money) is the One Big Dish a choice of either Pad Thai, Green Curry, Red Curry (my favourite), Cashew Stir Fry, Grilled Beef & Sticky Rice or Beef & Oyster Sauce which cost between £5.50 and £6.30. An absolute bargain as for that money you feel completely stuffed... then go back to the office and fall asleep.
I've always found the service here, along with their other restaurant in The Lanes, to be warm, friendly and welcoming. For this I'm more than willing to overlook the fact that when it's busy, it can be a little slow.
Plus, you get jelly beans with your bill. What more could you want?
A lot of people on here are saying good things about GS. However, when I went it was just alright, very bland and not enough balance in flavours or loads of spice/heat (which I love). Personally, I've had better and I think I might have been a tad swayed by the atmosphere and flowers made from fruit. I MIGHT go back and see if it was potentially due to what I ordered or maybe an off-day.
In many places authenticity can hinder such things as originality and creativity. Rest assured this isn't the case with Hove's only Thai Seafood place, the Giggling Squid.
While you're likely to taste some genuine Thai flavors, the rustic design and eclectic atmosphere allows Tapas to creep onto the menu without too much fuss. For example, you can get a set of 4 Tapas dishes for £7, which makes for a great lunch. However, I'd recommend you stick to the Thai food, as it's obviously what comes naturally to the kitchen staff. In particular the two for £5 lunch deal is great value for the quality. With such carefully seasoned dishes and a large menu it's definitely the kind of place you could visit regularly without getting bored.
Great Thai food with a heavy emphasis on fish, I had the salt and pepper squid for a starter and followed it by a really great Red Thai Curry of sea bream, Good sized portions and very well presented.
We were here with friends who live near to the restaurant and they tell me it is always full so booking advisable.
Value for money and I will be back!!
Best Thai food in Hove? Hmmm, I think not.
The staff are friendly and, although rather cramped, the general ambience is pleasant.
My major issue was with the food, which was almost cold when it arrived and very, very bland.
I have been all over Thailand and have been eating Thai food for over 10 years. Several people told me that this place served authentic Thai dishes, and most of the familiar favourites are there.
However, the food just wasn't tasty. Hard to put your finger on it, but all 4 people in our group were disappointed with the non-existent flavours.
If this were the only Thai in the area, it would certainly be passable, but with at least 2 better options within 5 minutes, I will not be back.
We ordered takeaway from giggling squid on a Saturday night. Although their food are tasty, it's just way way overpriced. Example: "Prawn Ma Kham" costs £8.95 but there're only 3 prawns. Most of dishes were made up with cabbage & onions to make it look fuller and the actual "meat" were very little and pathetic.
I will definitely visit again for their lunch special and lunch special only. They are good, but not THAT good!
I tried to visit this place with a group of people as had been told good things about it but they gave us a table about 2ft off the ground that we couldn't physically fit our knees underneath. We left.
A buzzy, busy Thai place on Church Street with a very slightly quieter room upstairs. The food is great, putting to shame a number of Thai places not only elsewhere in the city but also in London. Their signature dish - yes, giggling squid - is excellent, but it is well worth trying different dishes to see what you think. In three visits we have not had a real disappointment. Not that expensive, and worth booking ahead almost any evening of the week.
The food was ok, but not great. The staff were ok, but not really that pleasant or attentive and the atmosphere was just ok. So ok really. Probably better to get a take away!
went with my boyfriend and couldn't ask for a more enjoyable thai meal.
great selection on menu including a fresh fish section sourced locally. This thai specialises in seafood in addition to meat and veg dishes.
We had beautiful ginger scallops, lamb massaman curry and pad thai. We also had the "giggling squid" (similar to dumplings where baby squid is stuffed with mincemeat) ...delicious.
Thinks it really good value no different to thai prices elsewhere wines good price and the house white is really nice.
Apparently is known to be abit of a ladies restuarant (a friend said this) and i had noticed on the thurs night we were there, there was a number of tables with groups of women - apparently cos of decor and small portions. On the contrary i'd say the portions were pretty good in size so not sure about that one. Either way definately try it whoever you are.
best thai food i ever had.
For me this is the nicest thai food around. I have never had a bad meal in here and the salt and pepper squid is to die for. If I could eat here every night I would. I mainly go in the week and have always had exceptional service
I went here one evening, they were incredibly busy, and we had to wait a long time for the food. I didn't mind the wait - they were full. But they were very nice about it - and brought us a free desert (without our having said anything). In terms of food, I thought it was solid, if unremarkable. I would give 3.5, but as I can't 4.
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