Every time my Mum comes and visits us in Thailand, she always asks when we can go to The Blue Elephant for a crab curry. She raves about how good the curry is for months after her visit, and I don’t blame her: it’s damn good.
The Blue Elephant gets a lot of things right: it has intriguing ambiance and darn good food.
I find it somewhat sad that when most people think of Phuket ( and drinking in Phuket) they think of bar girls in Patong. And while that may be of interest to some of the sketchy characters who decide to visit or live in that area, let’s be real here: Phuket has a number of places to get a drink and a good meal.
From drinking a Leo outside your nearest 7 to bringing your family or friends over to the Chalong pier for some takeaway, there are plenty of options to how and when you get your drink on.
I mainly drink at home, when the occasion arises. But when we did go out for a night on the town, I must say that I love the Blue Elephant’s bar.
Not only is it a classy place to get a cocktail or glass of wine, but it has an array of imported beer that goes beyond the popular variety that has become popular in Thailand. Thais love their beer, as do I. And not all the time do I want to be drinking Leo or Chiang. Especially not Chiang…
The interior of The Blue Elephant is stunning, as is the grounds it’s located on. The interior is spacious and has two floors, and includes a cooking instruction area for those of you looking to learn how to cook Thai cuisine.
What I love most about the actual bar part of the restaurant is that it’s very David Lynch meets Tim Burton. The lighting is indeed blue, and the black and white checked floor is an interesting contrast. It reminds me in a way of Raffles’ spacious outside eating areas.
The main dining area of The Blue Elephant has both an interior and exterior section. We generally prefer sitting outside, overlooking the main courtyard. Inside you’ll typically find the resident keyboardist playing his favorite songs amidst a room full of tourists and locals alike.
But let’s get onto the food, shall we?
There are both fusion items ( desserts) and Thai cuisine. I highly recommend starting with the doi kham salad or chor muang, followed by the crab curry as a main course, and for dessert, the ginger creme brulee is a serious must. I one time ordered two. #noshame
Dinner is accompanied by your choice of red or white rice ( get the red) and starts with a complimentary array of appetizers.
The Blue Elephant is a wonderful place is celebrate New Years Eve. In fact, we celebrated NYE 2015 there. We hadn’t made any plans for the evening, and called them to see if they had availability. I’m so glad we went! From the tom yum cocktails at the door to the set menu ( the coconut rice was INSANE) to the fireworks and champagne, it was truly a night to remember.
To find out how to get to the Blue Elephant in Phuket Town, head on over to their website.