For those of us who loved the Nepalese restaurant Mooli, previously on this awkward restaurant spot on the corner of Calverley Road and Street, the Giggling Squid with its promise of Thai Lunch Tapas at £8 looked like a good bet. In the recent past this restaurant has been an “International restaurant” which was obviously doomed from the day of opening, and in a more distant pre-Mooli past, an Italian restaurant that wasn’t, er, very Italian.
We missed lunch – our own fault – so took a variety of family members to the Squid for an evening meal.
The Giggling Squid is a chain of Thai restaurants with branches in Brighton, Crawley and elsewhere around the south-east and gets healthy customer review ratings in Trip Advisor. Sadly our experience was not “faultless”, “fantastic” or, indeed, “delicious”. Apart from stir-fries, main courses vary from £6.50 and average at around about £9-£10. Portions are on the mean side, although, as you would expect, beautifully presented, but thoughts wandered often to a fantasy that we would be down the road in the vastly superior Suchitra’s instead. One direct comparison I could make was in the Thai Beef Salad, a favourite of mine and a scandalous £6.25. Six small strips of steak laid across a not-very-spicey salad. The equivalent at Suchitra’s is huge, even as a starter, so much so that I often try to fob some of it off on to my eating partner. Junior agents were not too keen on the Chicken Satay either and the mixed seafood salad with, supposedly, their signature squid component was tasteless and, horror of all horrors – the squid was rubbery like an old elastic band.
A definite miss and worth avoiding. M