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REVIEW: Experience Thai Fine Dining in Phuket at Blue Elephant Phuket

Phuket may be known as Thailand’s party paradise, but don’t forget it’s also a foodie haven. From local eats to fine dining, it’s a great place to try a variety of dishes and explore the undeniable richness of Thai cuisine.

With all the options to choose from, it may be hard to decide where to eat in Phuket. Narrow down your list by including this must-try restaurant: Blue Elephant Phuket.

What is Blue Elephant?

Does the name ring a bell? Of course, it does! You have probably seen the brand on products at the Thai airport or even grocery stores. Blue Elephant is a renowned group worldwide with its own restaurant, cooking school, and retail store.

From what started as a restaurant in Brussels, Belgium, it has now expanded around the globe with premium quality Thai ingredients at the heart of its operations. The head chef and owner, Chef Nooror, believes that without them, you can’t possibly make incredible meals—and she’s right.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Lovely and upscale interior of Blue Elephant Phuket

(c) WIM in Thailand | Lovely and upscale interior of Blue Elephant Phuket

They have a flagship restaurant in Phuket and we got the chance to visit. Blue Elephant Phuket was truly a testament on how flavorful Thai food can be. Imagine sweet, spicy, salty, tangy, savory—you name it. Each dish served packed a punch thanks to its different layers and taste profiles.

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Thai Fine Dining in Phuket: Trying the Blue Elephant Phuket Set Menu

Let’s dig deeper into the food that we tried. You can order a la carte from their Phuket restaurant menu, but to save time on deciding what to order, we went for the 10-Course Le Voyage de Blue Elephant. This one was more special as it featured some signature dishes with a Thai twist from other Blue Elephant branches. The menu changes seasonally, and this one shouldn’t be missed out on.

Remember: If you can’t take spicy food or have any seafood allergies, let the servers know beforehand.

We started off with some seafood delights, the Avocado Black Diamond Scallops and Grilled Prawn Doi Kham Eggplant Salad. Right off the bat, you know it’s going to be a good set menu when they start with something this exquisite.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Avocado Black Diamond Scallops and Grilled Prawn Doi Kham Eggplant Salad

(c) WIM in Thailand | Avocado Black Diamond Scallops and Grilled Prawn Doi Kham Eggplant Salad

Next, the Phuketian Fish Cake was served with Steamed Aunchan Dumplings on the side. You glaze it with a spicy-sweet sauce as you enjoy the steaming-hot savory starters.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Phuketian Fish Cake & Steamed Aunchan Dumplings

(c) WIM in Thailand | Phuketian Fish Cake & Steamed Aunchan Dumplings

The next appetizer was a personal favorite. The Thai Tamarind & French “Landes” Foie Gras offered richness and complexity in every bite. Take a piece of the foie gras and the mango, and then eat it with the sweet-sour tamarind sauce—perfection!

(c) WIM in Thailand | Thai Tamarind & French “Landes” Foie Gras

(c) WIM in Thailand | Thai Tamarind & French “Landes” Foie Gras

Before you get to the mains, don’t forget to try their signature cocktails! Their cocktails make use of local ingredients and turn them into sinful concoctions you’d enjoy down to the last drop.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Blue Elephant Signature Cocktails

(c) WIM in Thailand | Blue Elephant Signature Cocktails

On a side note, the portions here are not small at all. You might probably feel full already at this point, so don’t be overwhelmed by the main course. On a royal Thai platter, they will serve four iconic items: “Pat Pong” Crab Curry, Chef Noorior’s Bespoken Massaman Lamb, Duck Laab Confit, and Phuket Abalone Melinjo.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Four main dishes of Blue Elephant Phuket

(c) WIM in Thailand | Four main dishes of Blue Elephant Phuket

Each savory goodness will let you experience Thai food at its best, which can be a good intro to the cuisine if you don’t know much about it. You can enjoy it with black or white rice, which is a good pairing for such delectable dishes. All of it was tasty, with the crab curry and massaman lamb standing out.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Complimentary prawn soup by the chef

(c) WIM in Thailand | Complimentary prawn soup by the chef

For the 10th course, you get the Stars of Phuket as dessert. It consists of mango sticky rice, custard, coconut ice cream, and some fruits. It’s a sweet cherry on top of a very nice meal.

(c) WIM in Thailand | Stars of Phuket

(c) WIM in Thailand | Stars of Phuket

The whole meal costs THB 2,600++ (drinks excluded).

What Else Can I Do at Blue Elephant Phuket?

After a satisfying Thai fine dining in Phuket, you can head to their retail store and purchase popular Thai products as souvenirs for your friends and family.

They also use these in the dishes served at the restaurant, so you can be sure that you get (almost) the same scrumptiousness even at home. The best-sellers are the Thai Premium Paste Massaman Curry and Thai Blue Tea Butterfly Pea & Herbs.

Remember we mentioned they also have a cooking school? That’s another thing crossed in your “What to do in Phuket” list. More details on that soon, too!

When you’re in Phuket, don’t forget to try Blue Elephant and have a more memorable trip. Message them in advance for bookings and reservations! Blue Elephant also has branches in Bangkok, Malta, and Copenhagen.


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