Blue Elephant

The first things to catch our eye as we walked through the doors of Blue Elephant were the waiter’s trousers Reviews

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The first things to catch our eye as we walked through the doors of Blue Elephant were the waiter’s trousers. These baggy golden beauties unashamedly grabbed our attention and refused to let go for quite some time. Such eye-popping pantaloons were in keeping with the authentic Thai feel of the Elephant, whose décor has something of an al fresco feel. Sloping roofs adorned with red tiles, a pool of water with matching bridge and a cascading waterfall all give the illusion of the outside in.

Having regained our trouser composure we dug in to some excellent dishes. Muak lek corn cakes imbued with herbs followed an explosive dish of himmapan vegetables with stir-fried tofu and a Bangkok fish, a huge slab of oceanic pleasure smothered in a pungent chilli mix. Side orders of fried rice and pad thai noodles were entirely in order, soaking up the tang of the sauce. The only minor fly in the Elephant ointment was a plate of katong thong, a squad of pastry cups heaped with a chicken and fresh prawns, which though attractive was far too dry.

A portion of coupe blue icecream soon cheered us up, however, refreshing from head to toe with its frozen goodness. Less invigorating but more intriguing, the kanom kluai banana mixture oozed from leaf packages topped off with coconut shreds. Blue Elephant is an enjoyable and affordable restaurant to visit. Impressive food, service and belting slacks – what more could you want?

By Rob Orchard

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Jasmine Cosh on 22 Apr ' 12 at 08:52
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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!

Posted by: Zan on 15 Feb ' 12 at 14:50
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: natalie on 14 Aug ' 11 at 16:06
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: Margaret G Beck on 19 Dec ' 10 at 12:18
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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!!!

Posted by: Iman on 09 Dec ' 09 at 09:53
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Typhoons on 03 Jul ' 09 at 04:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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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