Bury St. Edmunds’ Giggling Squid a treat for diners fit to be Thai’d

The Giggling Squid, a Thai restaurant in Bury St. Edmunds, England.


By CHRISTOPHER DENNIS | Stars and Stripes | Published: October 10, 2019

Wherever I go, be it Florida, Alaska, Korea or England, I always look for a place to get a good curry. Not super spicy, but with enough zing to get my attention.

In the center of the English town of Bury St. Edmunds, near the English Heritage Abbey, I found just the place — Giggling Squid.

The front of the restaurant is decorated with a modern, organic feel, which was nice, but I found the best spot for me farther in, at the back where natural light comes in through a large ceiling window, and there’s a little more room than the alley-like front dining space.

To start, I ordered spring rolls, which had a crispy crust but weren’t overcooked in the center and were served with a homemade sweet chili sauce. You get three decent-sized rolls for 5.95 pounds (about $7.30).

My main course was massaman curry with beef and jasmine rice, also available with chicken or prawns instead of beef. For 11.95 pounds, it was almost enough to feed two people.

Massaman is a mild curry, but the menu caters to those with a more adventurous tongue. It was served in a hot stone pot.

The jasmine rice was a nice change from normal white rice, but the menu offers three other choices, including sticky rice, coconut rice and organic riceberry rice. I’m not sure what that last one is, but I plan to find out someday.

The drink selection isn’t bad, either. Giggling Squid serves several wines and cocktails, although you won’t find a traditional American beer on the menu. Prices range from about 3 pounds for sodas to about 10 pounds for the equivalent of a third of a bottle of malbec.

I had a Kwai Thai ale to wash down my curry. I’d never had that beer before. It was similar to a weak IPA.

Giggling Squid opens at noon every day of the week and closes by 10 p.m., except on Friday and Saturday when it stays open until 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, it closes at 9:30 p.m.

My meal of curry, rice, spring rolls and a drink ran me 26.35 pounds before tax. And, as I said before, it was enough to feed two.

I ate early in the evening, but by the time I left on a Sunday, the place was filling up with customers. That was one of the things about Giggling Squid that drew my interest: the restaurant always has customers. So if you’re looking for a good spot for curry, Giggling Squid could be up your lane.

Twitter: @chrisbdennis


Address: 21 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1UN
Directions: Center of Bury St. Edmunds, up the road from the Historical Abbey.
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. weekdays; noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday
Food: Thai cuisine, seafood, vegetarian, tapas
Prices: 8-16 pounds (about $10-$20) per meal
Dress: Casual

Massaman curry with beef and jasmine rice and spring rolls at the Giggling Squid is enough to feed two.

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