I first went to this restaurant the week it opened. While I was a bit scared of the prices, it was a special night with family so we took the plunge. Although it was an expensive meal by local standards I felt it was money well spent. The manager Kim is a great, friendly helpful guy, and the rest of the staff are great as well. I noticed how while being very attentive they were never 'in our faces', and were quick to meet every request. Very happy staff.
The food was great, a nice combination of Thai and Western tastes, but mostly Thai. Fusion, not dumbed down Thai food for Westerners.
We went back with special friends recently, and were not disappointed. For around 1,300 baht per person we had more than enough to eat, of a huge range of tastes. Excellent food. With as much as we could drink, including imported beers and spirits, the total bill was less than 8,000 baht, for four of us. Again, expensive by local standards, but well worth it.
The Building is magnificent, the staff are friendly and efficient, the food is delicious.
No point comparing the Blue Elephant to cheaper restaurants that also offer good value, they are a universe apart. The Blue Elephant is a full on dining experience. I even wore shoes and long pants. Oh, and a shirt.
If you go, don't forget to ask Kim which special beers he has hidden away.
I have lived here for almost 9 years, and my wife is local. So we know the value and quality of local food, and local service. We will be back, not often as we can't afford that, but I have more special friends coming to Phuket this year, and I intend to treat them also to a meal at the Blue Elephant.
All the best to Kim and the crew,
ps, The gift at the end of the meal, of a calendar featuring local children, is much appreciated. The calendar is a fund raiser for kids in need, and is sponsored by the Blue Elephant. Another great reason to eat here.
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