Chinese and East Asian
The spacious, welcoming interior is accurately reminiscent of restaurants in Thailand - featuring an Oriental wood-panelled exterior, bamboo furniture and soft lighting. The walls are adorned with ornate hangings depicting elephants, while the tables are decked out simply with spotless white linen. The experience of dining here is at once luxurious and relaxed. After much deliberation, we settled on a mixed platter to start, which included deliciously nutty satay chicken, delicate prawn toast and spicy fishcakes - a myriad of exotic flavours to suit discerning tastebuds and definitely the real deal. The mains were equally sumptuous, exploding with flavour. The duck in brandy sauce was unexpectedly tangy, but complemented brilliantly by the sweetness of the marinated vegetables. For those after a bit of light entertainment, the famous and extravagant Volcano Chicken is served on a spike, while still flaming at the table. The chicken itself was a perfect combination of tender meat and crisp skin.
The innovative yet classic cuisine is of the highest standards; Thai herbs and spices are shipped from Thailand and other ingredients are carefully and personally sourced from the local area. The menus are vast with individual gluten and wheat-free options, as well as a wide range of vegetarian dishes - the team have made every effort to cater for all possible tastes and dietary requirements.
The family-run Thai Elephant offers a real taste of Thailand - so much so, in fact, that you would struggle to find finer cuisine in Thailand itself.