Q & A with Pra­nee Lau­ril­lard, Founder of Gig­gling Squid

Hertfordshire Life - - PROMOTION -

TELL US WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO START OFF GIG­GLING SQUID A RESTAU­RANT BUSI­NESS?

I was keen to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate Thai ex­pe­ri­ence. Along­side the tra­di­tional shar­ing food cul­ture of Thai­land, it was also im­por­tant too for me to fo­cus on beau­ti­ful dé­cor, some­where where cus­tomers will en­joy the sur­round­ings as well as the food.

CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IN­SPIRED YOU WHEN CREAT­ING THE DISHES?

My mum and the trav­els we made to­gether in Thai­land when I was grow­ing up. Some dishes are in­spired by coastal towns and oth­ers from the vi­brant night mar­kets. We are al­ways evolv­ing and ex­cited by new in­gre­di­ents; I con­tinue to learn and go back to Thai­land ev­ery year to con­tinue to be in­spired.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITES FROM THE MENU?

To be hon­est, I have a lot of favourite dishes which is de­pen­dent on how hun­gry I am. If I’m look­ing for some­thing light, I would def­i­nitely go for the Pamelo and Ji­cama Salad but if I’m very hun­gry, beef rib and co­conut sauce will be the ul­ti­mate choice.

WHERE DO YOU USU­ALLY GET YOUR IN­GRE­DI­ENTS FROM? DO YOU IM­PORT IT DI­RECTLY FROM THAI­LAND?

We im­port fresh Thai herbs and veg­eta­bles di­rectly from Thai­land, how­ever we do make use of the abun­dance of Bri­tish pro­duce from meat, fish, fruit and veg­eta­bles when in sea­son too.

WHAT WOULD YOUR TOP TIPS ON RUN­NING A SUC­CESS­FUL RESTAU­RANT CHAIN?

Great food of­fer­ing, charm­ing in­te­rior and an eye for de­tail

GIG­GLING SQUID IS SUCH A UNIQUE NAME FOR A RESTAU­RANT, WOULD YOU MIND SHAR­ING THE STORY BE­HIND IT?

It’s ac­tu­ally the nick­name of one of our lovely three chil­dren!

THE OPEN­ING OF BISHOP’S STORT­FORD WILL MARK THE THIRD IN THE COUNTY, JOIN­ING HARPEN­DEN AND BERKHAM­STED, WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A TOWN?

A town that has its own charm and vi­brancy with a great com­mu­nity - some­where we can make a dif­fer­ence to the din­ing scene. As you can tell, we re­ally do love Hert­ford­shire; it has lit­tle pock­ets of beauty and we look for­ward to spread­ing our ten­ta­cles fur­ther in the fu­ture.

WITH BISHOP’S STORT­FORD AS YOUR 30TH RESTAU­RANT, IS THE SKY THE LIMIT?

My goal has al­ways been to make bril­liant restau­rants and the rest will fol­low!

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