Overall Score 9/10
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The Sathorn road is the business district full of skyscrapers of offices and hotels but there is one building with the Colonial style architecture located right below the BTS Surasuk station. This beautiful building is the home of the Blue Elephant. First two levels are dedicated to serving the finest of Thai cuisine and the third floor is where the cooking class of Thai culinary arts takes place. The first Blue Elephant establishment is in Brussel, Belgium. That one has been in business for 32 years with its fame in authenticity of Thai, top class service, and superior atmosphere. The owner is a Thai wife who is married to a Dutch. She first cooked for her friends at her own home in Brussel. They were touched with the Thai food delicacy that she presented. That was the spark for her to start up a small restaurant business, the Blue Elephant in Brussel. Until ten years ago, she finally decided to open the Blue Elephant in Bangkok mainly targeting on serving upscale tourists.
In the classy old fashioned atmosphere, no one will expect to find the Thai fusion. The Blue Elephant actually serves the most authentic Thai food with an excellent variety. The Blue Elephant’s menu contains more selections that what I would expect from fine dining restaurants. Mainly, the menu is divided into three categories. The first one is the Thai cooking of the past in which you will find the antique menus from the Era of the King RAMA V. The second part is the Thai cuisine of today, which are the common dishes found at local restaurants elsewhere. The last part is the Thai kitchen of tomorrow or what you may call the Thai fusion. In this section, you will find a challenge of international ingredients prepared Thai style with Thai flavors. A good example would be the Tamarind Foie Gras, Spicy shrimp salad with Avocado, or Crocket with Thai green curry. There are many dishes in the menu that I haven’t never had before. Some of the names sound very attracting and appetizing.
For the party of three, we mainly had three types of food. The first type was the appetizer, which we had four dishes. The spicy prawn salad with herbs and avocado (480 baht) from the Thai fusion menu was good looking dish. The taste was Thai but had the international feel when added with the fresh Avocado. The prawns were big in size and their oil in the head was savory. Wonderful start, we had. The second dish was the Rice field catfish and prawns salad (360 baht), which was from the Thai menu of the past. It was nicely done and not so dried like the crispy catfish and prawn salad elsewhere (Goong Pladook Foo). The crispy fried green leaves and Thai herbs were a great match with the crispy fish and prawn.
The third appetizer was the Golden Bag (380 baht) – done with the lovely presentation. It was nice and crispy out and the stuffing was light sweet and delicious. Last of the appetizer was the Doi Kahm eggplant salad (380 baht). At first sight this dish looked French. The arrangement was beautiful; layers of the sliced eggplants were stacking with minced pork and shrimp. It must be the eggplants that made this dish so delicious. I believe the Doi Kahm eggplant was organically grown in the hills of northern Thailand. A bit of spiciness of the dressing added the Thai attitude to the dish.
The second favorite was the Black chicken green curry (680 baht). Its green sauce was so rice and full of flavor. By using the organic black chicken from the Royal Thai project farm, the sauce was even more delicious. This dish came with the Roti bread. Other than enjoying with the roti, it was also great over the black rice. Foreign customers would love this menu, I bet. The third dish was the Blue Elephant Pad Thai (380 baht). My friend said that it was one of the best Pad Thai he has had in a while. I thought it had a good balance of flavor and the noodles were stir-fried well. It wasn’t overcooked to being too soft. The prawn was once again fresh and amazing.
Although we had much great impression with many dishes at the Blue Elephant, we still had some disappointment. The first one was the Bamboo fish (480 baht) – Seabass was placed in bamboo trunk and charcoaled. Too bad the two sauces just didn’t compliment the nicely done fish. They had one sweet sauce and one spicy; both lacked a clear character. I wished it was a roasted chili paste sauce for the spicy one; and tamarind syrup for the sweet one. The second dish that failed was the Tom Kha black chicken (330 baht) – presented in the coconut shell, though it lacked a delight aroma of the coconut. The black chicken didn’t fit in with the broth that was served lukewarm. I wanted it hotter, of course. Last of the least impressive dish was the Massman lamb (580 baht) – it was flavored too sweet, to please the foreign palates, I supposed. The curry was rich but it could be spiced up a notch.
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