With so many options for dining out, how are you supposed to chose somewhere a little bit different, delicious and perfect for a date? Well, we've recently been to Giggling Squid, which is a small chain restaurant that offers Thai Tapas. Although the menu sounds mouth-wateringly tasty, did it live up to our expectations?
HOW WERE WE GREETED: We were welcomed into the Tunbridge Wells Giggling Squid restaurant in a friendly and efficient manner and although we arrived early for our booked table, it was there ready and waiting for us. We had our young daughter with us (who in theory would have been asleep but these things never go to plan), and they could not have been more accommodating for us. There was plenty of room for the pushchair, and they were happy to provide a highchair for us too.
SERVICE: The service in The Giggling Squid was just perfect - polite and attentive throughout the meal, but at no point too pushy! We were given our menus and asked to let them know if we had any questions or needed any of the dishes explaining, having eaten at The Giggling Squid before, we knew what to expect. When we ordered, I asked for their recommendations and the waitress took time to find out more about our likes and dislikes before making her suggestions...and what she suggested was spot on.
WHAT WE ORDERED: The menu was extensive but not so big that it was confusing. There was an array of choices for each course and it was tricky narrowing it down to just a few choices as it looked so good! We choose our food based on our love for Thai food, but also looked for some of the dishes we had tasted whilst in Thailand on holiday - there really were some authentic dishes which we have rarely seen in other UK Thai restaurants.
HOW IT TASTED: The food was outstanding - authentic in taste and presentation. I can not fault the food in any shape or form and just wish we lived closer to try out even more of the menu choices.
CONCLUSION: The Giggling Squid is a chain restaurant with a difference - you certainly don't feel as though you are eating in a chain - it feels like a high quality independent restaurant but I love the fact that I will be able to hunt out other Giggling Squid restaurants whilst I visit other towns and cities around the UK.
I will definitely be recommending Giggling Squid to other parents - and it would be perfect for 'date night' with someone special of course.