An amazing Thai restaurant located just by Fulham Broadway tube. As we entered, we were welcomed by the friendly staff. They showed us to the really nice Blue Bar area where we could wait for the rest of our friends to arrive. What is striking straightaway is the oasis that surrounded us. A little river flowing through the restaurant, wooden bridges, lots of greenery, makes you forget that you are in a restaurant in London.
The food was authentic and every dish was delicious. All the dishes were beautifully presented. There were little wooden baskets filled with spicy prawn crackers for us to munch on while we decided on what to order. I liked that they had a separate extensive vegetarian menu as well as their classic menu.
We were given little cups of sweetcorn soup, complimentary from the chef. This soup was very creamy with the flavours of the sweetcorn coming through. The crispy jasmine rice crackers with peanut sauce was okay and it was quite a big portion. I preferred the Muak Lek corn cakes with its sweet sauce with carrots.
Now onto the main dishes. The Massmam curry was creamy with a bit of heat. It had potatoes, cashew nuts and Yod Phaeng. When we asked the waitress what Yod Phaeng was (as it was in most of the vegetarian dishes), she told us that it was like little rice balls. If you like Pad Thai, then Blue Elephant do these noodles justice with the right amount of sweet and sourness. It’s a shame that it is only served as a side dish and not as a main one.
The Emerald chicken was served in a basket. These were pieces of marinated chicken that had to be unwrapped from the Toey leaves. The chicken was very tender and tasty. The only issue was that this dish was quite greasy and messy and there was no where to put the leaves. This problem was overcome as the waiter came and cleared the leaves up while we were having the meal.
The service was fantastic, very efficient and really friendly. A good place to come for a romantic date or with a group of friends. Blue Elephant caters for both in its own unique way. There were tables by the carp filled ponds which makes a great romantic setting.
Blue Elephant Royal Thai, 4-6 Fulham Broadway, London, SW6 1AARating: