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Blue Elephant

Author: Mārtiņš Rītiņš0 COMMENTS

Blue Elephant

To be perfectly honest, an excellent Thai meal can be savored at a totally unpretentious eatery, furnished with cheap plastic tables and chairs. Usually family-owned, such places provide living for Thai families working there. Yet, regardless of its location, the Royal Thai Cuisine of Blue Elephant would never let you down. Its upscale restaurants are scattered around the world - in London, Paris, Dubai, Moscow and many more metropolises, all of them conjuring up a genuine Thai atmosphere, and overflowing with aromas of flowers and spices. An abundance of colors and tropical plants, hand-crafted design details, bamboo, silk and numerous authentic features make a meal there truly memorable - like being a guest at the Royal Palace.
At the Blue Elephant's homeland restaurant, in Bangkok, the presence of Thailand is natural, more distinct and personalized.
Blue Elephant usually features a rather large menu, which does not necessarily indicate top quality according to western standards. It's determined, however, by the diversity of local cuisine and Thai eating traditions. It reveals the whole spectrum of typical Thai tastes, from tenderly sweet to fiery hot, and symbols of little red elephants mark the level of spiciness in the menu. Nothing is dull or devoid of personality. Each dish combines numerous tastes and aromas, and no other cuisine in the world can measure up to Thailand's richness of spices and seasoning. Coconut, Thai basil, star anise, lemongrass, ginger, curry, galanga root are just few to mention, and all of them are used fresh.
Thailand is a land of rice, with rice grains coming in different colors, shapes and sizes. At Blue Elephant, rice is served from a big, bamboo-ply basket, brought right to the table. Thailand boasts a large variety of fish and seafood, and the menu includes shrimps, squid and lobsters while meat is represented by duck and chicken from organic farms.
The restaurant offers both modern Thai cuisine and long-forgotten traditional recipes, like sea bass, marinated with herbs and grilled in a bamboo case. Lavish complimentary snacks are offered before the meal, for example, a delicious coconut soup with smoked chicken. The vast menu offers a freedom of choice and an unconventional approach, as you can try whatever you please from a diverse choice of dishes placed in the middle of a table.
An ordinary Thai meal is like a celebration for us, and should be marked with a glass of good wine. Do try a local Thai one!

Blue Elephant Building
233 South Sathorn Road, Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn
Bangkok 10120
www.blueelephant.com

Posted February, 2010

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