Sunday, 26 March 2017

Giggling Squid, Salisbury

I recently went to Giggling Squid* in Salisbury to try out their brand new Evening Tapas Menu and check the place out! I took Phil with me, not that he put up much of a fight though..! Neither would I knowing the incredible menu we were about to enjoy. When we arrived we were greeted by two of he staff who were so friendly when we arrived. As we both work in retail, I've said it before and I will say it again, customer service is so important and they did not disappoint!

We took a while to look at their menu, to take everything in as there was so much! We started with some prawn crackers and wine, despite both having work the next day (fortunately no hangovers!). These are not just any prawn crackers, they were so tasty, and they came with a sweet chilli dipping sauce, which made them oh so much better! As they are Thai ones, they aren't as greasy as your Chinese takeaway and also have a hint of spice to them which makes them have a it of a kick which is really tasty. 

Next we ordered two of their Tapas Set Menus, we went for Let's Giggle, the one I chose and then Phil decided on Let's Have A Treat but we both shared them! I think since you get 3 main dishes and a rice, you would definitely only need one of their set menus for two people and possibly an extra rice if you think you would need it, we would and we have already planned this for a future date night! 

In our set menus, for the Let's Giggle we had:
Duck canapé on lettuce leaves
Chicken Massaman Curry
Grilled crying beef

For the Let's Have A Treat we had:
Tom Yum Chicken
Seafood 'Fishing Village' in red curry
Roast duck in Tamarind Sauce

We basically shared all the dishes, so we got to try a bit of everything! The Duck Canapé was delicious, it came with some lettuce and tomato and a little bit of salsa, the duck was a bit chewy but was still delicious. I would never have thought to put that combination together, but I am so glad I got to try it. The Chicken Massaman Curry was tasty, the chicken was moist and perfectly cooked in the curry. I would say the sauce was a little thick and I didn't quite expect it to be the way it was for Thai food! However, I did very much enjoy it. The Grilled Crying Beef was honestly incredible, this had to be one of my most favourite dishes of all the tapas dishes, the Roast Duck was a very strong contender too! I wasn't too sure what to expect but the Grilled Crying Beef had a sweet sauce on it, not too much, the perfect amount and was served with some peppers and salad.

The Tom Yum Chicken was one of Phil's favourites, Chicken with mushrooms and other veg in a broth/soup liquid that tasted amazing, I personally would have liked a bit more flavour but for someone who prefers mild food, this is perfect. We both really enjoyed the Seafood 'Fishing Village' in red curry, Phil ate both the prawns so we obviously need to go back so I can try the prawns in it. I enjoyed it and would really like to try it again when we next go. Lastly, the Roast Duck in Tamarind Sauce is possibly one of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Very similar to the Crying Beef, it had a sweet sauce on it, not too much, and was served with cashew nuts, which I didn't eat with it, so simply had it with rice. I could definitely eat these as a main rather than just a tapas dish.

When we go back, I would definitely like to have the Let's Have A Treat tapas set again. Or even try something completely different! 

We also opted for dessert. I know, I know, how on earth did we put a dessert away after all that?! I personally didn't finish mine. I had the Chocolate Feullantine, a chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate disc on top. Served with a fruit coulis and a strawberry. Phil went for Sesame Seed ice cream and Brighton Rose Yoghurt Ice Cream, which he spoke about below.

Phil says, "I have always been a very fussy eater, some kids grow out of it, I didn't. I have recently made a conscious effort to be more adventurous with the food that I'm eating and the Giggling Squid's Tapas menu was certainly a little ways out of my comfort zone. I thoroughly enjoyed every dish on my "Let's have a treat" set menu with my favourite dish being the Tom Yum chicken, which I could eat every day of my life from here on out. All of the dishes were spectacular on both set menu's (as I sampled everything on Adele's too) and my tastebuds and tummy were very happy when I left. For dessert, everyone needs to try their Black Sesame ice cream, which is exclusive to the Giggling Squid in Salisbury and was the perfect way to end the night! I would like to thank the Giggling Squid for having us and helping my broadening my horizons with their beautiful food."

Both were truly incredible, everything was cooked to perfection and I honestly could not fault it. Obviously there were some dishes that were more to our tastes than others and often we do like similar dishes which would make it easy to go back and choose one of the set menus. 

For all my wonderful Salisbury friends and readers, if you head down to Giggling Squid in Salisbury, which you so totally should, on Tuesday 28th March, after 5:30pm, the first 50 people through the door will receive a free tapas set each. They are delicious, you should go!

*This Meal was complimentary from Giggling Squid, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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