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“barely okay” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Blue Elephant Trail

The Blue Elephant Trail
7 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107-2447
860.233.4405
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Ranked #43 of 157 Restaurants in West Hartford
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“barely okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The service is what saved our meal. It was our waitress who suggested returning our not crispy duck for a new meal. Rarely have I ever had a bad duck but this dish unfortunately qualified. It was chewy and tasteless, the skin and tissue were like rubber bands. It was as if it had been microwaved. The second try was improved but would not have rated more than okay. This time the duck was crispy but only somewhat more flavorful. Any savory taste came from a piquant sauce. Additionally, we were not impressed by the vegetables accompanying the entrée.
They are just typical American-style cut beans, carrots and bell peppers in the sauce hoping to pass for Oriental. Jasmine rice was a sticky clump with no taste or aroma. So the sesame seed sauce endeavored to carry the whole meal.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Windsor, CT
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274 reviews 274 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
“Good Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Good solid quality of food and service. If you like Thai food you will like this establishment. They will probably have your favorites.

Visited May 2013
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massachusetts
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Lunch!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Visited the Blue Elephant last week for lunch--- as I travel and like to have Thai food at least 3 or 4 times a month.....
Tom Sum Soup---The best I have had... very good..
Fresh spring rolls--they were okay... yes I would order them again
Squid with Basil--very good.... spicy too
Sticky rice with coconut ice cream---WOW... this finalize the lunch.... the sticky rice was not stuck together... it was creamy and smootha and complimented the ice cream
Over all I will be visiting this restaurant..... Yes I was hungry.. and NO I did not have any dinner... oh the waitress was very nice---very good

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hartford
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62 restaurant reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Reliable Delicious Thai Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Just returned to Blue Elephant Trail recently. I have been here several times before and the restaurant continues to deliver. Tiger Beef special was a winner. Attentive service. One of the best things about this restaurant is that they actually seem to care if you like what they serve you! My only "complaint” is that some of the tables are too close together, preventing a private and/or quiet dining experience.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bedminster, New Jersey
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Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Very good Thai Food in West Hartford”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Situated on the "main strip" in West Hartford, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble into here on a Friday night. The crowd is pretty fresh and young, the decor clean and Southeast asian, and the food/atmosphere clean and updated.

The cream puff starters and spring rolls are excellent, and a great vegetarian option. Def try Panang curry for a main entree, it was excellently flavored and not too spicy.

I would've eaten desert, but was too full - enough food for me and my wife. Reasonably priced and clean bathrooms are pluses as well.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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