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Recommended Reviews for Royal Elephant
4 reviews in English
Review from Chris B.
I have had a hell of a time finding real Thai food in Berlin. The fact that most "Thai" restaurants have confused pan-Asian menus is only part of the problem. Even restaurants that offer specifically "Thai" food often cater to local tastes so much that the food isn't recognizable as Thai.
The first time I visited Royal Elephant, I was thrilled that I had finally found a place that could make spicy Thai food, like I received on the West Coast of the US. I had specifically asked them, as I ask all Thai places in Berlin, if they could make it "sehr, sehr scharf". And unlike most Thai places in Berlin, Royal Elephant actually makes a point of offering three different spice levels. So for my first visit, when I ordered some spicy octopus stir fry, it was perfect. It was spicier than other Thai restaurants in Berlin, but not too spicy. On the West Coast scale, it probably would have been an 8/10.
However, over the course of three subsequent visits, I haven't had that same experience. The food is generally made according to local tastes, and unfortunately Berliners don't like spice. This most recent time, I again specifically asked if my fried rice could be made very very spicy. It was served to me cooked with no discernable spices, but with a small squirt of sriracha sauce on the side. I didn't even finish it, it was so bland and disappointing. When I explained to the server how disappointed I was in the lack of spice, she comped me a free shot of mango liqueur. So, that was ok.
Overall, I'm not sure what to think of this place. The first experience was great, but I've been disappointed in the lack of spice three times since. I should note, however, that the quality of the ingredients is good, and that the cocktails are strong and tasty too.
Review from Nick S.
Like most of the restaurants and cafes on Oderberger Straße, Royal Elephant has a nice outdoor patio with a great view and perfect ambiance on a sunny afternoon.
The prices aren't quite as low as my favorite noodle place under the Eberswalder Straße U-Bahn station (Samui), but they're decent for a sit-down restaurant. Pad Thai and similar dishes are ~6 EUR for veggie-only, and 7.50 - 10 EUR with meat or seafood. They also have a couple of Asian beers available (like Singha) which is a nice departure from the normal German offerings.
In terms of quality, I'd say it's only average. There was nothing spectacularly good or bad about the Pad Thai with glass noodles and chicken I had. One downside though is the long wait time. The staff are very nice and friendly, but on a Monday around 3pm it took an eternity to get our food. They apologized, and even gave us a free appetizer of prawn crackers, but if you're in a rush away from the standard lunch or dinner hours you may want to go elsewhere.
Pad Thai with glass noodles :-)
Patio street view
Review from Wiebke K.
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Admittedly did I eat there last year in springtime so I dunno whether the food is still the same but to cut a long story short: I liked it fairly well. The food (lunchtime) was good enough and not too expensive. Tasty and spicey just as it should be.
The interior is slightly stylish and thankfully not at all dodgy as it sometimes happens.
Also a plus: You can sit (inside or outside) there, sipping your soup and watching the usual Prenzlauer Berg clientele passing by.
For someone hungry for a Thai meal, not sooo well-off and nosy this is close to the dot on the i.
Review from Qype User (thierr…)
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I was probably unlucky and got there on a bad day. The service did not work very well. We were a party of 4 and not one starter nor one main dish arrived at the same time. We ended up eating one after the other. After making the remark, our "complaint" was acknowledged and discussed in a very friendly way. Fair play.
With regard to the food, it was a disappointment to me. The starter (Satay) was Ok'ish, I ordered some bread that was simply industrial, tasting like cardboard. The main dish did not save the rest.
Well when I look at the other reviews, I was probably there on a bad day but I will not take another chance to verify that.