get jiggy with it!
The bright new kid on the Bath Thai food block adheres to a USP that promises ‘staggeringly good Thai food’ – a bold proclamation indeed. But Giggling Squid substantiates its manifesto by specialising in myriad fresh dishes created from myriad fresh ingredients served up in an environment that tastefully blends both old and new world design inspirations to uniquely bright’n’breezy effect within the elegant confines of Bluecoat House. This Grade ii-listed cornerstone of the Saw Close redevelopment has fortunately retained its subtly imposing exterior… but there’s a distinctly modern party going on inside, aided and abetted by cheerful staff, a stylish little lounge area, centre-stage tables in gazebos that look like beautiful bird cages in the main dining room and vibrant exotic blooms creeping up intricate trellises on the walls.
An imaginative children’s menu keeps the little people happy, lots of lively veggie/vegan/gluten-free options make sure everybody can join in the fun, there’s a flurry of really good cocktails on the extensive drinks menu… and if you want your grub to go, there’s a takeaway menu too; gosh, talk about all bases covered! At lunchtime, a well-balanced range of well-priced tapas/light lunch set menus includes the One Big Dish option (Thai curries and stir-fries, served with rice) and the two-dish Meal Combis (tapas followed by Thai soup, or Thai curry, or Pad Thai, or a stir-fry) – seriously, if you can’t find something to give your lunch break a lift here, you’re just being silly. And you can, of course, indulge in a Thai tapas spread at dinnertime too, but for the purposes of this review, the main courses are the main event.
In a vain attempt to cover all bases (a pretty much impossible task given the length and breadth of the menu) we started our jig with the merry molusc with a sharing platter of soft, moist grilled pork skewers, duck larb (a classic Thai street food classic of rich, buttery duck flavoured with fish sauce, lime juice, chilli and a handful of aromatics, dusted with toasted ground rice), crisp vegetable spring rolls and a tumble of fluffy salt and pepper squid (the latter being a GS signature dish, so don’t miss out on this one.)
Appetite thoroughly whetted, we swiftly moved on to main courses of Koong Chi Chi – plump butterflied king prawns bathing in a rich, decadent red curry sauce – and Sea Bass Pad Cha, which puts a full-bodied, crispy-fried fillet in the spotlight of a beguiling prandial drama bolstered by a cast of fragrant supporting characters including basil and lime leaves, fresh green peppercorns and the distinctively aromatic grachai (kinda gingery, but not as pungent.) We could have opted for a green, red, Massaman or Peneang curry, or a stir-fry, or a simple pad Thai – and, based on our experience of just two main course dishes, it’s our bet that any or all of these classic Thai dishes would be just as satisfactory as our little voyage of adventure turned out to be.
Two erstwhile unexplored ice cream flavours proved to be a talking point at dessert time: the jasmine and toasted rice option (think, floral infusion meets almost-almondy toastiness; just, yum) and the smoky, nutty, massively moreish black sesame. But for those of us who prefer not to stray too far away from traditional territories, the mango and lime cheesecake is rather heavenly, too – sharp citrus a go-go on a buttery, super-short base. Giggling Squid has brought a big smile to the Saw Close redevelopment; get jiggy with it.
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Monday – Thursday: 12noon – 10pm;
Friday – Saturday: 12noon – 10.30pm;
Sunday: 12noon – 9.30pm
Find it on the Saw Close/Upper Borough Walls axis
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