Identity of restaurant replacing La Tasca in Tombland revealed

Giggling Squid Thai restaurant is opening in Norwich next month. Picture shows the restaurant's duck

Giggling Squid Thai restaurant is opening in Norwich next month. Picture shows the restaurant's duck spring rolls. Photo: Giggling Squid - Credit: Archant

Chain restaurant Giggling Squid is set to bring a taste of Thailand to Norwich next month as the company opens its first Norfolk restaurant in Tombland.

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Founded in 2008 by husband-and-wife team Pranee and Andy Laurillard, Giggling Squid, promises customers 'Thai cuisine in a stylish yet relaxed environment'.

The company, which currently has 15 restaurants under its belt, will be opening a new restaurant in Norwich on Friday, September 9 as part of an expansion plan, which has also seen the restaurant group acquire venues in Brentwood, Wokingham, Windsor, Berkhamsted, Warwick, Farnham, and Bath following an investment from the Business Growth Fund and an £8m bank facility from Barclays.

Co-Founder, Pranee Laurillard said: 'We've had our eye on Norwich for a while now. It's clear there's a vibrant, buzzing food scene, and we think our fresh take on Thai cuisine will go down really well. We've just been waiting for the right location to come up. Now it has, we can't wait to open our doors!'

Giggling Squid's new Norwich restaurant will be opening at 24 Tombland, the former home of La Tasca, and will offer Tapas style lunches with an array of small plates such as seared scallops with spicy lime dressing, grilled chicken satay and pork dumplings.

Giggling Squid Thai restaurant is opening in Norwich next month. Picture shows the restaurant's Moo

Giggling Squid Thai restaurant is opening in Norwich next month. Picture shows the restaurant's Moo Ping Pork Skewers. Photo: Giggling Squid - Credit: Archant


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Their evening menu features staples such as Thai green curry; Massaman chicken curry or for the more adventurous, the spicy Tropical jungle curry, combined with showstoppers like the 'Crying Beef', a North East Thailand special of grilled sirloin accompanied with spicy dipping sauce.

Unsurprisingly a selection of squid dishes will also be on offer, including the company's signature salt and pepper squid, and a range of items will be available to takeaway.

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The opening of the Thai eatery follows news that Five Guys and Byron Hamburgers are also set to open their first restaurants in the city over the coming months.

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