Off the bustling town centre high street is an adorable little restaurant called Giggling Squid.
Even on a wet and windy autumnal Wednesday, the diddy Guildford Thai house looked lovely.
My mum and I found the charming spot as we dashed in and out of the rain in Chapel Street, and we instantly felt at home when we took a pew inside.
We watched droplets patter on the glass and other shoppers rushing in the downpour as we settled down at our table for two next to the window.
Even though the pretty eatery was snug and cosy, we didn’t feel cramped or on top of each other as tables were socially distanced apart and some even had plastic screens to protect diners against the spread of Covid-19.
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The dinner menu was extensive and tempting with classic street food starters, curries, noodles and stir fries.
There were vegan options, a kids menu and delicious sounding desserts.
Like most Thai restaurants I’ve been to, we began our feast with spicy prawn crackers, served in a tin with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
They were utterly moreish, crunchy and scrumptious.
The service was quick, efficient and it didn’t take long for our starters to arrive.
Mum went for pork steamed dumplings (£5.95) served with a gingery light soy and rice vinegar dip, while I went for betel leaf and ginger lime morsels (£6.95).
We adored our first courses. My super fresh salmon pieces were nestled in an exotic concoction of lemongrass, lime cubes, ginger, chilli, roasted shredded coconut and a drizzle of sweet-salty dressing.
I wrapped each leaf around the fish for one divine bite.
Unfortunately our mains couldn’t live up to our starters and we found them not much more than spicy.
My golden bamboo chicken bowl (£11.50) sounded delightful, but it had an over generous dosage of turmeric and green peppercorns and I ended up leaving much of the sauce.
I persuaded mum to order a traditional Paneang curry (£10.95) as I had precious memories of learning how to cook it in Thailand a few years ago.
However, even though the chicken was juicy, the portion size good and the temperature hot, she said it just tasted of pepper and I had to agree with her when I sampled it.
Our portions of warm and comforting sticky rice (£3.25 each) came in cute baskets and we had no complaints there.
We made wrong choices when it came to our mains, but we didn’t let it spoilt our meal out as it had been the first dinner together in months and it was just lovely catching up at a beautiful, orchid adorned destination.
Reading the menu, the desserts all sounded wonderful.
Caramelised mango cake, melting heart chocolate dessert and Prosecco and muddled berry cheesecake were among them, all costing £5.95 each.
However, we had to reluctantly pass on a pud as there was nothing I could eat with my dairy intolerance.
The waiter said they normally had sorbet, but on this occasion it wasn’t available.
The restaurant was gorgeous as were the starters, but if we visited again we’d choose something different on the menu.
Find it: Chapel Street, Guildford, GU1 3UH. Castle Street multi storey car park is a two minute walk away.
Book: You must reserve a table in advance and can do this by calling the restaurant on 01483 440496.