Dinner at Blue Elephant Bangkok
It’s common knowledge among travelers who’ve been to Bangkok that the best Thai dishes can be found in its streets. I wouldn’t disagree with that. There is, however, this favored restaurant that serves authentic Thai cuisine in a beautifully designed setting well known for giving guests an immersive Thai dining experience. They call it Blue Elephant.
elegant table set up
Getting there shouldn’t be a problem with its accessible location. The restaurant stands beside Eastin Grand Hotel in South Sathorn road, a few steps away from the Surasak BTS station. The colonial inspired façade of Blue Elephant doesn’t fail to stand out amidst the towering skyscrapers that surround it.
wooden tables and chairs
Stepping inside the restaurant will make you forget about the bustling city life. The property is comprised of three floors – the main dining room on the ground floor, the private rooms and jazz bar on the second floor, and the cooking school at the top-most level. We were seated on the main dining room. The polished wooden floors, the detailed walls, and the interesting display cabinets all combine to create a pleasing, first-class atmosphere.
perfect to whet the appetite
these bites are addicting
Upon getting seated, I already got a glimpse of the kind of dining experience that’s about to come. The menu offers a wide selection of unique Thai dishes that represent the past, present, and future of Thailand’s gastronomic culture. The dished laid on our table – from the tasty appetizers and spicy-sour tom yam koong, down to the sumptuous main courses like beef curry, crab meat in curry sauce and fried sea bass – looked impressive and mouth-watering. But it didn’t stop there. Each dish brings an aroma that entices the senses and comes rich with varying flavors that bring delight to the taste buds. I particularly liked the appetizers, the Blue Elephant Pad Thai, the Crab Meat in Yellow Curry Sauce, and the Fried Sea Bass Rolled Lemon Grass.
tom yam koong – spicy and sour soup with tiger prawns and straw mushrooms
All great things come with a price. The food at Blue Elephant is spectacular to the palate, yet it comes with a hefty cost. Be prepared to shed out at least 1000 baht, depending on how small or big your appetite or group is. There’s also a 12.5% service charge added to your bill.
fried sea bass rolled lemon grass – fried red snapper rolled with lemon grass, topped with ginger and bean paste sauce
blue elephant pad thai – fried rice noodles with fresh prawns, ground roasted peanuts, and tamarind sauce
A satisfying dining experience isn’t complete without excellent service. The staff at Blue Elephant showcases the perfect blend of being unobtrusive yet attentive. We didn’t have a hard time getting what we need, be it an extra scoop of rice or another order of drink.
Thai milk tea
Stunning setting, flavorful food, and superb service. A trip to Blue Elephant brings a royal gastronomic experience that allows one to time travel and enjoy the best cuisine Thailand has to offer.
BLUE ELEPHANT Restaurant
233 South Sathorn Road,
Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn,
Lunch – 11:30am to 2:30pm
Dinner – 6:30pm to 10:30pm