Blue Elephant

Oh so classy

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What we say: 4 stars

If looking to splash out for an exquisite Thai fine dining experience, Blue Elephant is an excellent choice.

The restaurant is set in a century-old French colonial mansion that was chosen by the occupying Japanese during World War II to house their central command. It's a gorgeous building with tasteful Thai art, dark timber floors and crystal chandeliers. Each table is covered in a white tablecloth and adorned with fresh orchids and a single candle. Ambience is elegant and romantic. Service is impeccable with excellent English spoken.

The menu is divided into three sections, all of which are considered 'royal Thai cuisine', which means no bones, shells, pits or seeds and a perfectionist attention to detail. 'Thai Cooking of yesterday' features a range of classic and no longer often made dishes like slow-roasted massaman curry with lamb, pork curry with cha-muang leaves and a traditional type of shrimp paste. 'Thai cuisine of today' is where you'll find popular modern dishes like tom yum soup, laap salad with roast duck and panang curry with beef. Versions of common Thai dishes are a major step up from the average, but if looking for something different, flip to the 'Thai kitchen of tomorrow' section for innovative selections like shrimp croquette enhanced by a mix of Belgian cheese and Thai green curry. A handful of set menus are available and all dishes are served family style so sharing is encouraged.

An excellent dessert menu includes pungent but delicious durian cheesecake. The Blue Bar upstairs serves a range of hand-made cocktails using fresh ingredients like lemongrass and roselle, a fantastic wine list, aperitifs and beer, all of which are available either in the more casual upstairs lounge or in dining rooms. Prices are on par with fine dining establishments in the West.

Appetisers start at 200 baht while mains run from 400 to over 1,000. Bottles of wine go for between 1,350 up to 23,900, and even a small Chang will cost you 200. Not for those on a tight budget, but for a splurge, Blue Elephant is worth every baht.

Dress is 'smart casual'; long pants required but T-shirts are okay. The restaurant is located a stone's throw from Surasak BTS station, exit 2.

Contact details
233 Sathorn Tai Rd, Bangkok
T: (026) 739 353, (026) 739 354
Open: Daily 11:30-14:30, 18:30-22:30

In depth review

Read a more in depth review of Blue Elephant on the Travelfish blog.
About the author
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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