I can remember this restaurant from a while back, and I must say that it was one of the best thai-food experiences of my life. We had beautiful mixed starters, and a fancy starter that I have never seen anywhere else on thai-menues, though I know its common in thailand. It was a plate with dried scampi, lemongras, red onions, dried coconut and cashews, which you wrapped into leafs and ate like that. An amazing, flavourful delite.
For mains we had 2 curries which were devine, with lots of fresh thai herbs, tender meats and perfectly balanced sauce. Spicy but not burning hot. Truely delicious.
Their cocktails and desserts are also highly recommendable, had a drink with fresh raspberries in there and a lovely creamy mango cheesecake.
Will so go again next time Im in London.
Absolutely loved it!!!
The Blue Elephant first opened in 1986 on the site of a Victorian factory in an unfashionable and busy part of Fulham Broadway and seemed exiciting at the time.
Its greatest appeal to the London diner would be its interior design which is almost like an idyllic oasis in our noisyand overcrowded city.
As soon as you enter the doors you are in a completely different world of tropical foliage, waterfalls,sparkling fish and a charming series of bridges as you walk over to your dining table.
Putting the decor aside the food is the main attraction and prepared by the chef Sompong Saejeaw in an appetising fashion to appeal to the western palate. If you are adventurous enough then try the stirfried Thai spiced crocodile meat with chili,basil,fresh peppercorns and palm hearts.
But for the faint hearted they have more traditional dishes like chicken satay,the staple Thai green chicken curry or the marinated duck.
If our seriously summer-deprived city has left you craving a touch of the exotic, the solution may be closer-to-home than you think. Simply take a trip to Fulham Broadway and enter the Thai escape that is The Blue Elephant.
Almost instantly, it feels as if you are miles away from the streets of London, as you are gracefully guided to your table, alongside tranquil waters and vibrant orchids. Although the menu is on the 'flowery' side, in its descriptions, (rather than the high street 'norm' of red, green and yellow curries) there is plenty to choose from, whether you crave chili-heat or a milder option.
My spicy Bangkok cod (£12.70) was stunningly good - perfectly partnered with a glass of the fragrant house white (£5.50). Service was sweet, efficient and well-timed. If you have room for dessert the perfumed sorbet selection provides a delicious, light ending. The bill will most likely be several degrees above the average Thai exponent but The Blue Elephant is a departure from the High Street, the moment you step inside. Highly recommended as a special sunshine-infused, oriental treat - without the need for air travel.
I was taken here and treated by my work colleagues when I left my last employer. They managed to keep it a surprise - and what a wonderful surprise it was, too.
The venue is something of a surprise if you've never been here before: it's much larger than it looks from the street, but the real shock is the décor. OK, it's kitsch, but it's fun: the dining areas are separated by screens of dense foliage, with water features such as ponds, fountains, and a small 'stream' running through the middle.
The food was generously portioned but also reasonably authentic, and a cut above most other Thai restaurants i have been in recently. They have a good vegetarian selection, too - which not all Thai venues provide.
It is something of a maze inside, though - it can be hard to find your way back from the loo
This place is a must visit, a unique dining experience which brings the outdoors in with trees, plants, bridges, water and fish galore. Its a vast restaurant which means they can normally squeeze you in, but does get busy. The food is good, but you are probably paying for the experience and not the amazing grub. I've eaten better thai food in other non-descript restaurants for a lot less. although seeing crocodile on the menu is a pleasant suprise (we only backed out as it was a very hot dish - not sure my taste buds would have coped)
Staff seem very pleasant, and polite, although a tad hard to get hold of when we were there, we ordered drinks that never came and had to ask twice for the bill.
All in all worth a visit just to see inside.
Great inside decoration! It is like transporting you into a different exotic Asian world.
I would recommend to go even if it is just for that.
Otherwise, the food is expensive and there is better Thai food to be found in London, but you pay for the whole experience which is worth it.
I would also recommend it to take someone that comes and visits London as it is quite unique.
The desserts are all very nice so make sure you don't miss this.
And beware of ordering bottled water, as it is around £5 per bottle!
From the outside the blue elephant appears to be a tacky resturant in the heart of fulham with dark mirrored windows. Inside it's almost like a different world, a tropical paradise, where you are welcomed by thai staff dressed in tradition clothing and ready to show you through the tropical gardens, you cross bridges and lush plantation before you are seated on thrones, the staff are attentive and helpful.
The food is fabulous, the best Thai in London. Although the overall cost is expensive (but well worth the treat) it's an experience which will make you pant for more.
Two course meal: Bottle of wine (23.00), Cocktails , £83.00
Wow. I've never been in here because I've always been afraid of the prices, but head along for the Sunday buffet (eat as much as you can) for £25 (half price for kids) and you're going to be a pretty happy camper.
The interior is amazing. Step into another theme-park-esque world. Gold barge bars dropping away to verdant and colourful surroundings, Thai art on the walls and bamboo passageways. Cross over a bridge and gape at the enormous fish swimming beneath you, or sit in a comfy chair at the front and sip a coco passion (gorgeous cocktails served in hollowed out coconut shells amazing). Not only that, but they have face-painting for the children and sugar spinning demonstrations.
And then there's the food. I think this is the best Thai cuisine I've ever eaten, and the selection is quite extraordinary. Delicately wrapped filo prawns and deep fried squash give way to freshly prepared noodle soups made before you in wonderful enormous steaming pots. Main courses get better, with gorgeous seafood curries and spicy duck served with a lovely selection of noodles and rice. And then there's desert. Chocolate fountains with fresh fruit and a weird and wonderful selection of delicacies. This is about as good as it gets for Thai food in London. And the whole experience is a complete hit.
The main reason to visit this Restaurant is for the atmosphere. The decor inside is wonderful and you feel transported somewhere else. There are streams with fish and little bridges to cross.
I have been here for mothers day and at that time they gave all the ladies a little gift. Such as incense burners. Children recieved spun sugar lollies in different insect shapes.
This was done buffet style where you go to different sections and some is self serve and some is served to you.
Having been to Thailand, I can say the food is fairly authentic. There will be things to try that you haven't in your local Thai restuarant. Its a fun experience.
Wow! This place is sensational.
From the outside it doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary. Perhaps a little tacky but nothing unusual.
It's the walk through the restaurant that astounds you.
At the entrance I was greeted by 2 tradionally dressed ladies, one of whom guided me to my table. As I stepped up onto the wooden 'deck' I realised that the Blue Elephant is much larger than the outside suggested, and as I made my way over little bridges, streams and a Koi Pond (!) and round corners the sound of running water, dim lighting and the abundance of greenery give left me with the impression that I'd be dining in a tropical foest under the stars.
The service is attentive and the food delicious. Prices are reasonable given the spectacular surroundings with a 3 course meal for 2 plus wine and coffee costing £120.
This is a nice restaurant, where you can have an excellent dining experience. The prices are high, but the food is precisely-made. To the vegetarians they usually offer a variety of unique dishes. So don't hesitate to go there as soon as possible.
If you want a stunning place to go on a date that isn't pretentious this is great.
You walk in over a river of fish (I think they are koi but I don't really know) and you sit in a virtual forest of green foliage and bamboo. The food is really good (not incredible, but really good solid creative thai) with some real gems on the menu, and they know how to make hot, properly hot too.
The bar is well equipped with premium spirits and a good cocktail menu. Wine list is long and has a lot on it and can be a tad bit over priced, but well, you're sitting in a forest by a river of fish.
I've been here for work functions, birthday parties and dates. My favourite Thai place in London, and you won't regret trying it out.
This thai restaurant has you captivated from the moment you walk in, i love the way you even book your coats into the cloakroom, you are then led into the main room and are taken over a series of bridges that run over ponds with big colourful fish it all feels very exotic.
The main event ie the food is fantastic the menu is truely vast and great for anyone, you can mix and match as much as you like and there is a set menu option too. The drinks are delicious with a cocktail menu thats out of this world.
The staff are very attentive and can help guide you through the entire menu. Service is quick too.
This place is perfect for a large party or can be very romantic for a special meal ina special place.
The outside of this Thai Restaurant doesn't look particulary special but once inside its like you've stepped into a tranquil Thai beachside resort. The decor is very authentic with a magnificient golden mirrored bar that we had cocktails at before being seated. There are tropical plants screening various areas of the restaurant off and an actual pond complete with real carp and wooden bridge.
The food does not disappoint either. Having travelled in Thailand I felt it was just as authentic. The only difference was the price! This place is rather expensive but you are paying for the amazing interior and ambience as well as the food. Worth it for a special occasion and sometimes they do toptable deals which are worth looking for.
In my opinion Blue Elephant is the true ambassador of Thai cuisine in England. Free parking made a great first impression but I would advise you not to forget to get your ticket stamped otherwise you'll be charged. Regardless of weather you're a fan of modern or traditional Thai food this restaurant will most definitely meet your expectation. I would recommend the Memories of the Siam Tasting Menu mainly because of the delicacies. It is in no way cheap but it is definitely worth the money.
Good food and friendly service at the bar. Good place to catch a Giant's game.Lets go and enjoy here! Awesome place for everyone!
The restaurant has an exotic decor makes you feel like you are in a jungle and a monkey could jump on your table any moment from a palm tree. Great food, although, the waiters are not really very helpful recommendation or selection support. You have to dig for yourself. You might need many visits to get to taste the big menu.
But overall the place is fun and always crowed with people. Very lovely
Incredible ambience and decor, and excellent service. The restaurant is expensive, but you are paying for an experience.
Drinks took a little while to come out (10 minutes), but were delicious and beautifully presented. The food was very good and very unique. But, in some ways, the taste lacked an extra something that made it worth £30+ a head.
Would definitely go back though, especially for a special occassion.
Really enjoy making a visit to the Blue Elephant, although its novelty has worn off over the past decade or so. It was one of the first slightly upmarket Thai restaurants in London with "an experience" to boot - namely the profusion of jungle foliage and water features inside. Still good fun and turning out good quality food, albeit the dishes (satays, curries, pad thais etc etc,) we're all too familiar with nowadays.
Had brunch/lunch there with friends on Sunday. Loved the buffet and the beautiful plants. There was a Chelsea game on that day and seeing all the blue nylon shirts spoilt the atmosphere a bit - nothing to do with Chelsea FC, just the dress code! (at least they were not drunk) £25 for the buffet was OK, but drinks a bit over priced. £5 for a bottle of water!
This has got to be one of the most special restaurants in London for ambience. The staff are so incredibly friendly and will greet you in true Thai style. You are led to your table and as you wander through the restaurant it feels like paradise with beautiful greenery, flowers, and a tiny bridge with a stream running through the place and coi carp fish (happily not on the menu)! The presentation of the food deserves top marks with carvings of fruit and vegetables in the shape of flowers. The food itself is delicious with ample choice. So, ok, it is a little pricey but for the experience, it is definately worth it. It feels like you've been on a mini holiday.
The buffet on Sunday was great. Like La Porte des Indes, its sister restaurant, Blue Elephant looks more like a sex shop from the exterior, but once you enter, you are transported into a different realm, where the sights, sounds and smells are those of the cuisine you have come to taste. It is hard to not be impressed by waterfalls and pools of fish as you head up to the grand buffet table for another satay, or to watch a traditional Thai dish being made in front of you before being placed on your plate. My one tip would be not to bother with dessert - can you name a famous Thai dessert? Exactly.
Eventhough expensive, going for a dinner at the Blue Elephant is definitely a must-do!!! The decor is absolutely incredible, you feel like in another world, totally peacefull and exotic. The food and the service are great. Definitely worth the trip!!!!!
If you want to discover the Thai food, it's the place to be. The decor is amazing with fountains, river with fishes and a lot of green plants. There a many tables which are situated in small place very cute and perfect for two. Moreover, the staff is very kind and explain the different meals when you are rookie in Thai food. About the food, all was delicious, I did a reservation on Lastminute.com for the London Restaurant Week period. You had the choice between two different tasting menus with starter, main course and dessert and it's very substantial. The green chicken curry, the chicken sate, nem and the pad thai were fantastic ! In adition, the three small Thai desserts were also a good surprise for me ! It was really a good experience because you forgot completly you are in London because the atmosphere is very exotic !
We went to the Blue Elephant and we were not disappointed. The food was really delicious and the restaurant itself, which was filled with huge plants and had a pond with a bridge, complete with huge fish! My son loved it! Loved the pad thai and salmon dish. Excellent service - waiters were brilliant. Highly recommended.
This palce was recommended to me by so many different people all insisting i should try it out. I was very impressed with the Interior you honestly feel that your away somewhere exotic! However, the food i would have to say was OK it wasn't amazing like everyone said it would be, but on the whole the service was good and we had a good night.
Being fairly local, I had ordered take-away from here and last night decided to pop by. I could not believe what I stumbled upon behind the façade on Fulham Broadway. You are welcomed into a tropical land of waterfalls, koi and bridges set in lush vegetation! What an experience. It was busy and had a great atmosphere. I did however find the drinks very expensive for a Thai restaurant - £8.95 for their cocktails and about £7.25 for a vodka and lemonade is pretty steep. The dishes are also quite pricey - £12 per person for a shared starter which was not large, and the green curry was £15.95 plus rice. However, it was great for a one-off just to see the interior, and I would definitely go again for a special occasion.
Blue Elephant is one of the most famous Thai restaurants in London. It's an experience not to be missed in London. Blue Elephant chefs come from Thailand, who maintain the culinary traditions of Thailand on this top London restaurant. Apart from the typical dishes you can expect from a Thai restaurant, the menu at the Blue Elephant has a wide offer vegetarian, seafood and meats. The truth is I've only eaten there once but I'm sure when I can you will see me there again.
This definitely lives up to its reputation. Well worth a visit, if just for the decor alone. When you walk in you go over a bridge that spans a small river that runs through the restaurant. All very tropical in feel - a real experience. The food is delicious and there's a good vegetarian selection. It is very expensive though, but I think you are probably paying for the whole experience.
Monumentally expensive, but a real experience with it's indoor gardens, and bridges over streams.
It's one for a special occasion, but do it at least once whilst you're local.
I always have lunch here when I'm in London, even if I have to travel quite a distance to get to it. There's a lot of choice of vegetarian and vegan food and all so delicious! I usually go for the veggie curry of the day with brown rice, and they have Purdeys too which is my favourite drink, not found in many cafes/restaurants. The desserts are gorgeous too! Always a friendly place which, for me, is very important, perfect altogether!
The restaurant has just closedI think Whole Foods is going to take its placeSO SAD!!!
I love going to the Blue Elephant. The service is supreme, food excellent. One of best Thai restaurants in London. Definitely recommend a visit.
Really tacky chain restaurant, food is terrible, too. I can recommend other Thai restaurants that offer better quality produce as well as service. It's not a great loss at all for the Fulham area that they have now moved. Avoid all its franchises.
We first ate here 3 years ago and it was fab. This time we sat by the bar and waited for our pre-dinner drinks for 20 mins. When the drinks came one was missing so another 15 mins. wait.Our starters were very good and we looked forward to the main courses (we had chosen the Royal banquet).Well, I can only say it was downhill all the way. Some of the food was very chewy and all of it was luke-warm arriving at the table and quickly became stone cold.On complaining we were offered a "special" pudding. We had hoped for the whole meal to be special as we were up from Wales for the weekend. The emphasis was on pushing wine and water---at £5 a bottle!!Never agian will we pay exorbitant prices for mediocre, cold food.
Wow one of the best Thai restaurants I have been to in 20 years .I don't like lemon grass which has put me off Thai food some time. I need not have worried a whole 6 page separate menu just for veggies doubly great. Great food, great atmosphere, great for fussy veggies, great evening. Oh and great big wine bill.
This is one of my favourite places to enjoy a proper cocktail in London. It's small and intimate, very reasonably-priced, and you know you can order anything on the menu, any classic cocktail, and it will be crafted with knowledge and care.
fantabulously unique. as soon as you walk in the atmosphere changes you feel like you could be in phuket rather than fulham. the koi fish underneath the bridge are all fat and healthy looking which is a good sign, koi is not on the menu. waiters vary in effectiveness sometimes theyre really nice and efficient but recently we had a gloomy faced waitress who could have had her lips glued together. all in all a wonderful place, the food is lovely, best thai food i have ever tasted good place for special occasions and new years when you want that wow factor!
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