Blue Elephant

South East Asian

Blue Elephant
This quirky restaurant is characterised by its eccentric decor; you’ll find a fish pond that can be traversed by a bridge and fake wooden houses. If this sounds charming, you’ll probably forgive the unconventional service. However, if you find dining amid decor like this tired rather than twee, you’ll most likely see the menu’s attempted East-West fusions (foie gras on a Thai menu?) as misguided rather than mesmerising, and the dated water feature a distraction to your meal. With a menu divided into sections splitting Thai cuisine past, present and future/fusion, stick to the traditional and the food is competent and pleasant, if not awe-inspiring. However it’s the buckets of old Dubai charm – that suspended-in-a-time-warp quality – which keep this Blue Elephant firmly in the room. Blue Elephant
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: - Garhoud
Tel: 04 282 0000
Travel: Casablanca Road
Metro: GGICO Metro Station
Cuisine: Thai, Vegetarian
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, All you can eat deal, Live music
Times: Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs350-499
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  • Jasmine Cosh Apr 22, 2012 08:52 am
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    we went for the evening buffet on a thursday night. The ambience and decor are lovely.

    As a vegatarian, there is hardly anything to eat in the buffet. As buffets go, this was incredibly small.

    The package price is fine if you are drinking (199) but if you are not, is very expensive. No separate prices for the non drinkers!
  • Zan Feb 15, 2012 02:50 pm
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    Visited the Blue Elephant and was immediately impressed with the picturesque setting n ambience .The Food ,wasn't the best I've ever eaten but the service and the romantic setting make it a must visit and I definitely will visit again.I must add that the selection of salads and desserts is brilliant and the wine list is impressive too.
  • natalie Aug 14, 2011 04:06 pm
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    A beautiful restaurant, the staff are very attentive, the food is delicious, the drinks are filled up speedily...all in all, fantastic!

    One downside as somebody already mentioned is the smoking, no smoking area but it is still worth going, its only two minutes to go outside.
  • Margaret G Beck Dec 19, 2010 12:18 pm
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    My husband and I were invited to the Blue Elephant for the Thai theme night. We were pleasantly surprized at the variety of food selection, specially that there was sufficient variety of seafood available as well, being the spice lovers we are, we were even able to order special super spicy stir fries which was whipped up by the chef on order!
    We personally thought it was good value for money considering that we could order house beverages, water, juices and other canned drinks all inclusive for the 159/- with a wide range of starters, maincourse and dessert, its something we would surely go back to...
    The only thing missing was outside sitting area where if you had the need to smoke or had a smoker in your group were stuck till you got out of the hotel to do so.
    All in all its a thumbs up and keep it up for Blue Elephant and we hope to have many more delicious nights spent around there for sure!!!
  • Typhoons Jul 03, 2009 04:20 am
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    We visited the Blue Elephant last night and while we did not have a reservation, we requested a table for two. This was not our first time in this restaurant and previously we had always reserved a table beforehand, but the restaurant had always had tables empty. So while it was a spur of the moment decision to dine there, we decided to just turn up and take a chance.

    We were informed that we could have table but for a maximum 90 minutes, however the restaurant was nearly empty. While it was a buffet we were not looking for a 100 mile an hour Premier League match action, but more a sedate meander through Thai cuisine, with no clock ticking against us.

    So we declined and walked away and decided to spend our hard earned cash elsewhere. Times are tough in Dubai, and while the Blue Elephant offers all you can eat and drink, it should not be at the expense of customer service, satisfaction and the general dining experience.

    Doing buffet theme nights four nights a week, suggests the ala carte menu is not very good and certainly not a patch on the Blue Elephant in London. On previous visits the food has always been ok but never amazing. There are far superior options for Thai food in Dubai, which offer better value for money and service.

    And we will never return to this ageing matriarch

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