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“special night out”

Blue Elephant Phuket
Ranked #15 of 791 Restaurants in Phuket Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $133
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Royal Thai Cuisine now available in Phuket Town in the century old, Sino-Portuguese Governor Mansion. Open daily for lunch & dinner. Function rooms available. Reservations recommended. Cooking classes for individuals and groups.
Phuket Thailand
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“special night out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

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,
Mark.

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.

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Beautiful building”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Disappointed meal, partners meal didn't arrive. We were told kitchen was short staffed and it was the Managers day off - Saturday in February! The restaurant was not overfull. Having eaten my starter I would expect the cutlery to be replached not left for the main course in this venue. My food was so, so.

Having visited the beautiful building in Phuket last year this was a return visit to try out the food. Not worth eating here, expensive for quality of the food.

We have been to other Blue Elephant restaurants - Bangkok and London and enjoyed them.

  • Visited February 2013
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“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

A must to vistit while in Patong / Phuket, beauitful building, table settings and of course quality Thai food, can be spicy, just look at the spicy rating. We spent $40 on food for 2 and had 4 meals to share. cheap in my eyes.

  • Visited February 2013
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Sydney
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“amazing place great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

This place is sooo fantastic. Its a huge mansion that is just awesome. The food is fantastic and the staff are fabulous. Its a great place to go.

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“Acceptable meal in a lovely heritage setting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We did not really have a great start to our meal having ordered gin and tonic to find there was no tonic. Based on the reviews we had expected much better food. Our black chicken green curry was pleasant, and the satays also ok but nothing to lift it above the pack of many Thai restaurants in Phuket. A lovely building and generally good service

  • Visited February 2013
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