Highly recommended by my boss, she decided to treat some of us a nice Thai dinner after a hectic week at work. We all enjoy Thai cuisine and it was a perfect choice for our diverse group as we had some vegetarian, one who loves spicy food as well as myself who is down for good meal! Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant has one of the most extensive menu I have ever come across with over 70 different selections including vegetarian dishes, entrees, curries, salads, soups and their chef specialities.
Our meal began with an entrée platter and it was an impressive start. A selection of some of their best-selling entrée, there was not a curry puff in sight. It includes the Thai herb wrap, made up of a mixture of prawn, capsicum, peanuts, red onion and coconut, wrapped with a young spinach leaf and finished with a sweet tamarind sauce, the spicy deep-fried prawn cakes mixed with red curry paste and sliced green beans, their house made grilled Northern Thai sausages with herbs and pickled vegetables and my favourite out of them all was the Blue Elephant Scallops which was paired with a rich coconut cream based casing. An exceptional start to our meal and a great way to sample a bit of everything! Good thing we ordered two, so there was plenty to go around.
Without being aware of the size of the platter, we ordered quite an assortment of mains. The vegetarian mock chicken green curry with green beans, zucchini and bamboo shoot was very popular amongst the vegetarians and spice lovers. This was too hot for my palate, so I happily devoured my favourite dish of the night, the Blue Elephant Curry. A traditional Northern Thai curry, this resembles more like a pork dish rather than a typical curry. Pieces of moist juicy slow cooked pork belly, covered with a sweet and tangy sauce and served with peanuts, scrumptious! The spicy crispy pork with basil, bamboo shoots, green beans, and broccoli had an appetising heat which goes perfectly with steamed jasmine rice and the vegetarian fried rice with tofu was very enjoyable.
Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant | Location: 237 Parnell Road, Parnell | Food: Thai