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Blue Elephant offers a memorable dining experience, both in terms of its palatial setting in a grand colonial-style Sino-Portuguese mansion and in ambrosial Thai cuisine inspired by the best of regional dishes and historic royal and contemporary recipes.
Rating : 18/20
As befits master chef Nooror Steppe’s role as an ambassador of Thai cuisine, the wide-ranging menu is inspired by her unique knowledge. Distinctive flavours are created by the daring and imaginative use of fresh Thai herbs, fruits and vegetables. Try crispy crab souffle comprising minced prawns, chicken and crabmeat in a tangy red curry, or steamed purple dumplings, a delicious concoction of butterfly pea and foie gras, blended with chicken and prawn in a caramelised soy sauce. Other aromatic combinations pair sea bass with a spicy seasoning of chilli, ginger and pineapple, and succulent prawn cakes crown a pomelo-based salad. For a main course try exquisitely tender massaman lamb curry with purple sweet potatoes. It is a culinary masterpiece. Other recommendations include baked duck with sugar cane or tamarind sauce and a splendidly luscious crab curry with noodles and betel leaves.
The wine list contains 16 reds, including one of the world’s greats, Penfolds Grange, a sensible range of whites, and five wines by the glass. Cocktails aplenty.
Rating : 16/20
Rating : 18/20