A new restaurant has opened in Chelmsford.
Giggling Squid is a chain specializing in Thai food and drink.
Its most recent store, on Bond Street, is the fourth in Essex, with others in Brentwood, Hornchurch and Billericay.
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The new restaurant offers all your favorite Thai dishes such as chicken satay, soft shell plum shrimp, curries and more.
It also features the beautiful floral decor for which the chain is famous.
Our Life Writer Hope Woolston went to dinner there to see what it looked like:
Chelmsford’s Giggling Squid is in a fantastic location, right between the River Chelmer and John Lewis.
It is very easy to get to by car, as it is also right next to the Bond Street car park.
From the outside the restaurant looks quite unassuming and doesn’t necessarily catch your eye.
However, it’s a whole different story when you step inside.
As soon as I walked through the doors I was impressed with the appearance of the restaurant.
I’ve seen photos of the interiors of some of the other places in Giggling Squid and can honestly say it looked even better in real life.
What I really liked were the original wallpapers.
One of the walls had a fish theme which was very unique, while the others were decorated with different floral prints paired with sage green paint.
Continuing the floral theme, there were several faux flower displays around the restaurant, including a flower wall and a beautiful birdcage table.
The backdrop is perfect for photos, especially if you want some for Instagram.
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I was very impressed with the Giggling Squid menu.
There were so many dishes that looked delicious and almost none that I wouldn’t try (just because of the meat used).
Something I noticed that almost made me jump for joy is the number of gluten-free dishes.
I have to watch how much gluten I eat which can be difficult to eat – but not at Giggling Squid.
It took us a while to decide what to eat because of the flavor of it all.
Eventually we settled on the salt and pepper squid (this was a must) and the Mah Kwan pork belly.
When they were served we were shocked at the portion sizes – way bigger than your usual starter.
However, we were grateful when we tasted how delicious they were.
The squid was just amazing. The best I have ever eaten.
It was cooked to perfection and not at all chewy while the dough was very crisp.
It wasn’t cut into rings like the squid which made a really nice change and was presented beautifully.
My fiance ordered the pork, but I got to try it out a bit.
I never would have ordered pork before as it’s definitely not my favorite, but this dish maybe changed that.
It was full of flavor and the texture (which is normally why I don’t like pork) was really nice.
For our main course I ordered the thai fondant beef and it had the lamb shank massaman.
It took me years to decide what to have as a main course as there were so many enticing dishes – but I made the right choice.
The beef was to die for.
I immediately understood why it is called fondant beef because it literally melts in your mouth – amazing.
The dish includes a large piece of beef dressed in a delicious red curry sauce.
The sauce was quite spicy, but accompanied by coconut rice, it was delicious.
I would order it again in a heartbeat.
The same can be said for my partner and the lamb.
Personally, I don’t eat lamb, so I have to continue what he said – and he was very impressed.
Again he had a large amount of very well presented meat.
It was just cooked and was falling off the bone.
I tried the sauce made with coconut milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and star anise and can confirm that it was very nice.
We were extremely full with our meal, but after eating delicious food we had to try the desserts.
Between us, we tried the melting chocolate heart and the coconut pudding.
Both were very tasty, with the melting heart being very rich and the coconut pudding being a lighter option.
The desserts were good, but they were eclipsed by the entrees and the main courses – which I think is quite rare.
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I was really excited to go to Giggling Squid and I was right to be.
The food was absolutely amazing – some of the best I have ever had.
It was also a very nice place to go for a meal and the staff were friendly and attentive.
Can’t wait to go back and truly home, the chain continues to expand around Essex.
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