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  • Blue Elephant Bangkok

    Thai Restaurant in Sathorn

    A trip to Blue Elephant Restaurant in Bangkok is about so much more than the food. It’s an immersive experience that allows you to time travel and enjoy the best of Thailand, from excellent service to the beautiful surroundings. Set up in 1980, with the impressive Chef Nooror at the helm, there are branches in London, Paris, Dubai and Malta, but none of them quite have the same aura as the antiquated yellow house on Sathorn Road.

    Getting there is easy as the BTS station at Surasak is right in front of the restaurant. In fact, it really stands out with its European colonial façade, dwarfed by the skyscrapers that surround it. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:30 until 14:30 and for dinner from 18:30 until 22:30. We recommend booking for dinner or large groups.

  • Although the road and skytrain outside seems very busy, once you are inside Blue Elephant Restaurant Bangkok you forget about the din of the city. This beautiful property comprises three floors. On the ground floor is the main dining room, which is split into two and lined with polished wood. Slatted blinds cover the windows and display cabinets stuffed with Asian trinkets and the restaurant awards. Head upstairs and there’s a series of private rooms of varying sizes, for entertaining anything from a crowd to a small dinner for four. There’s also the jazzy blue bar, which has hints of the 80s to it and mixes an excellent aperitif. Up another flight of stairs is the spacious cooking school, with classes running every day, twice a day, including a trip to the market in the morning.

    The setting is stunning, with beautifully designed china and the crisp white table cloths with embroidered blue elephants on them. The service is a perfect blend of being unobtrusive yet catering to your every need. The menu is split into sections, Thai food from the past, present and future. We start with khang khao phuak (240 baht), a mixture of minced prawn and chicken seasoned with spices and wrapped in taro pastry, served with a sweet dipping sauce. From the kitchen of tomorrow, which recommends original dishes created by Chef Nooror, we enjoy the eggplant salad (380 baht), which combines the vegetable with grilled scallops and a touch of truffle oil. The flavours are rich, but the dish remains light. We’re also big fans of the foie gras with sticky tamarind (720 baht), a favourite of the head chef.

    Blue Elephant has its own range of wines, and a bottle of the Cuvee Royale Thai, Blanc d’Alsace is fruity and balances the spice of the meal. We stick to a variety of old and new for our mains too, with a lamb massaman curry (580 baht) and nam tok tuna (680 baht), which comes with two sauces: one creamy with a hint of tamarind, the other a fiery, zingy mix of herbs, mint, chilli and lime. The spice level is noted by number of elephants next to each dish, but the kitchen can be flexible, so be sure to ask when you order. Side dishes include the popular blue elephant phad Thai (380 baht) and fried rice with crab and vegetables (360 baht), as well as portions of sticky rice and brown jasmine rice (60 baht each).

    In true Thai style we share all our main courses around the table, allowing us to get a taste of everything. But thankfully dessert is made for one. The dessert platter brings together the best sweet treats in Thailand in perfect bite-size portions. This includes a strongly-scented durian cheesecake, sticky rice with coconut cream, sweet fragrant jasmine cake and our favourite, the coconut custard. An elephant-shaped pot of the house blended lemongrass tea is soothing and refreshing.

    There’s something rather special about a meal at Blue Elephant Bangkok. The setting is exquisite and the wide variety of dishes ensures that everyone is satisfied, whether they are looking for the taste of Thailand that they recognise or wish to be surprised by innovative cuisine that uses the best of Thai herbs, spices and scents.

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