Reviews for Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant
by Floyd Moratti
Amazing service! The restaurant is well designed and has an elegant atmosphere. The food and wine was absolutely delicious. This is a high quality place for such a reasonable price.
by Reuben Pereira
9 days ago
Amazing service, great food! Love the outdoor setup! Cozy place for a cold night. Very authentic service, food arrives super quickly and tastes amazing!
9 days ago
Situated in Parnell, hidden inside one of the little alleyway is this awesome authentic Thai restaurant which you have to come! We ordered entree platter to share - the oyster was juicy and tender, fish cakes / herb roll / spring rolls were full of flavour! We had red duck curry and crispy pork and both were cooked to perfection. The service was great!! Good selection of wines to accompany the food. In terms of the price, it is slightly more than the average Thai restaurants around Auckland but the food and the service is totally worth it!
one month ago
One of the best thai food ... Lovely staff .... Went for a friends birthday and it was completely worth it. Bar also had some authentic thai drinks ..... Would go there again soon :-)
one month ago
I was pleasantly surprised by the restaurant. I say quality wise it's pretty good although I feel like each dish is about $5 too expensive. The service was great and the food delicious so but still feel it's a tad expensive by would still go back all the same. The restaurant has a good selection of vegetarian options which is great to see.
by Amit KALE
one month ago
Nice cosy place in heart of parnell town..... went w a group of friends... nice cosy atmosphere.... we did not have a booking but staff accommodated us well.... food is to die for... I had fresh spring rolls n basil chilli. Fresh rolls nice n refreshing w prawns n fresh
veg. Basil chilli Such a depth of flavour w crunchy veg. Friends had lamb in oyster sauce, green curry.... all really tasty. Service is excellent.
by Kim W
one month ago
Best Thai in Auckland and the service is unbeatable. Was sick and craving thai - called Blue Elephant and even though the kitchen wasn't quite open they were incredibly obliging and whipped me up the best spring rolls, curry puffs, beef cashew and pad thai we could ask for. Nothing like incredibly friendly service that goes over and above along with THE most delicious thai to help you feel better. Thanks Blue Elephant - I will be back again and again and again!
by Bella Kate Mackintosh
2 months ago
Perfect, perfect, perfect! Start to finish. Amazing food, wonderful staff, relaxed atmosphere. Cannot recommend more or praise highly enough. Can't wait to come back ! :)
by Anvi Shah Kadakia
2 months ago
1st of all best Thai food in Auckland , secondly they have the most courteous staff ever... Very attentive ... Thank you for an awesome dining experience
2 months ago
Such a good restaurant with authentic Thai food. The best thai food I've tasted so far. Lovely staff and excellent service. Will definitely be coming back! ⭐️⭐️⭐️️️️
by Manpreet Kaur
3 months ago
The best thai food you will taste in Auckland! The food is seriously amazing! The only downfall is that it's a little bit pricey! Dining in for lunch is definitely more affordable. Also, if you're dining in on a fri/sat night you can expect a bit of a wait for your food as it gets really busy. Other than that the staff is friendly and the service is great! I tend to love all the dishes I get but the chicken fried rice and spicy crispy pork are two of my favs!
by Liann Jarvis
3 months ago
Very cosy little restaurant tucked away from the main road. Good food and service. Good portion sizes and prices.
Recommend to try!
We went as a group of 12 and found it a bit cramped by the door/bar area. But it looked great for a small family or couples.
by Anand Patel
3 months ago
Quite simply the best Thai food in Auckland with reasonable pricing for the quality you get. Great hospitality and a very good location as there are plenty of desert options nearby.
3 months ago
Beautiful place with delicious food and lovely staff. Went here for lunch ($13) and had the pad thai, spicy noodles and panang curry. Serving size was small as expected from a Parnell fine dining restaurant which left us wanting more of the very tasty food! Staff were nice enough to bring a comfy high chair out for our 11 month old and he had his lunch with us happily too :)
4 months ago
Gorgeous Thai food and a really authentic experience and ambiance. All four of us were more than impressed with our meals, mentionables were the super tasty tom yum soup, delicious massaman lamb curry and a surprising peanut lovers dish. Portion sizes were great. Highly recommended.
4 months ago
We chose Blue Elephant due to the good reviews and they did not disappoint. The first thing you notice is the warm and genuine welcome and the biggest smiles. We were a table of 10 and had a reservation for 8:15. Maybe the fact that it was a Tuesday night meant we were one of the few tables at the restaurant. Can't praise the service enough, the staff were very attentive and obliging.
We ordered right through the menu as we were a big group, and the food from the chefs special stood out, especially the crispy pork and almond chicken.
The actual restaurant is a little small but I feel it adds to the charm. But all in all a great night, highly recommended
by Dallace Wulf
4 months ago
Delicious food. Hands down the best Pad Thai here in Auckland. Consistent service; always smiling and friendly. They even manage to find us tables when we haven't made bookings and they're quite busy. Portion sizes are good and price is good too. A must try.
5 months ago
So quiet on Monday! There are so many Thai restaurants in Auckland, I don't know what
authentic Thai food taste like, the food in Blue Elephant is nice enough to me! Anyone notices that the staff here got the most sincere and genuine smile in town ?? ^-^ Namaste.
5 months ago
Awesome service. Delicious Thai food. I had the vegetarian noodles and it was yummy! This has become my favourite Thai restaurant! Will definitely come here again and bringing more friends!
by Brett Randell
5 months ago
Beautiful food. Top notch service. Nice setting. Ideal 👌the duck was absolutely delicious. Menu provides many options, especially for the vegetarian community. Would definitely dine there again
5 months ago
Delicious tasting Thai food , make a booking as usually very busy ! Portions are quite small but are so tasty which makes it worth the price :)
5 months ago
Very authentic Thai food that we can get in Auckland. The restaurant is located behind the main row of historical shops on Parnell road. The price of the food is above market price. But the food is so delicious. I like their tom yum prawn soup, fried pineapple rice. Fantastic Thai good!
6 months ago
Dined here for a date night, it was lovely. Food was amazing, the tom yum soup was super packed with flavours compared to other thai places. Pad thai was also a standout compared to other places. We also order the whole fish which was also great, although I'm not a fan of bones, but was still very delicious. Parking can be a challenge because its Parnell, but worth it because food is amazing!
by Cheap Cheap Foodie
6 months ago
Time and date: Wednesday Dinner 2 weeks ago, previous visit was in 2011
Food ordered: Basil and ginger pork stir fry, duck curry, toufu stir fry and lamb curry, blue elephant king prawn
Ingredients: Fresh and high quality
Authenticity: Less like Thai cuisines, more like Thai fusion
Taste: Overall tasted quite pleasant for Thai fusion, but lacks the explosive flavor of an authentic Thai cuisine
Environment: Very pleasant and definitely a good place for a family meal and workmates dinner
Service: Very good customer service
Costs: less than $30 per person
Will I return: Occasionally
6 months ago
The food was really tasty, specially the soup. Ample sweet chilli dipping sauce was really good, good place and also friendly staff..... highly recommended.
by Priyanka Samik Patel
9 months ago
One of the best restaurants that I've come across in Auckland. I would rank Blue Elephant at the top in all the sectors -
•Food - The is the key to this restaurant, not only the taste, but the presentation of all the dishes and form is just amazing. The best part is they do vegetarian meals equally good as the non-vegetarian. I have never seen such good vegetarian options in a Thai restaurant elsewhere in Auckland.
•Ambience- feels like you are dining in a 7 star restaurant. Although the space is small, but, the it is very neatly presented.
•Service - Excellent staff, friendly and helpful.
•Testimonial - this is the only restaurant from where I knew about Thai cuisines and the food and since then it has been my and my husband's favourite restaurant. Everytime we visit this restaurant we experience the same quality of food and also the service.
Oct 30, 2014
This was the best thai food I've had in auckland. Service was excellent. Highly recommended. We all loved it. Everyone had excellent food.
Oct 03, 2014
We tend to set spring rolls as the benchtest for Thai restaurants. Not disappointed as they have a unique taste with vegetarian black fungi. Ample sweet chilli dipping sauce. 8/10 right time spaced between entree and mains
Mains were whole snapper 8/10 and a red duck curry. 7/10 curry was on the smallish side and light on duck meat. Flavour was not as rich as last weeks thai venue. Rice was only just warm when served and personally i liked hot steaming rice to keep the sauces honest. Plenty of waitresses delightful conversation and great table service. 9/10.
by Lee Jung
Sep 27, 2014
Wouldnt recomend this place if you are hungry and after a decent feed. My partner and I are small people, but left feeling a bit disappointed and still hungry. The food was ok but extremely pricy and portion size was very inadequate. To add insult to injury, we were asked if we wanted to order rice with our curries! I cant imagine eating a curry without rice, and at $30 per curry, I would not have expected to pay extra for rice. Additionally, the rice was a bit mashy and overcooked. One last thing to note is that the toilet facilities were somewhat removed from the premises and were poorly maintained and actually appeared to be public toilets.
by Amy @ My Dining Journey
Aug 26, 2014
Highly recommended by my boss, she decided to treat some of us a nice Thai dinner after a hectic week at work. I’m a huge fan of Thai cuisine and it was a perfect choice for our diverse group as we had some vegetarian, one who loves spicy food as well as myself who is down for good meal! Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant has one of the most extensive menu I have ever come across with over 70 different selections including vegetarian dishes, entrees, curries, salads, soups and their chef specialities.
Our meal began with an entrée platter and it was an impressive start. A selection of some of their best-selling entrée, there was not a curry puff in sight. It includes the Thai herb wrap, made up of a mixture of prawn, capsicum, peanuts, red onion and coconut, wrapped with a young spinach leaf and finished with a sweet tamarind sauce, the spicy deep-fried prawn cakes mixed with red curry paste and sliced green beans, their house made grilled Northern Thai sausages with herbs and pickled vegetables and my favourite out of them all was the Blue Elephant Scallops which was paired with a rich coconut cream based casing. An exceptional start to our meal and a great way to sample a bit of everything! Good thing we ordered two, so there was plenty to go around.
Without being aware of the size of the platter, we ordered quite an assortment of mains. The vegetarian mock chicken green curry with green beans, zucchini and bamboo shoot was very popular amongst the vegetarians and spice lovers. This was too hot for my palate, so I happily devoured my favourite dish for the night, the Blue Elephant Curry. A traditional Northern Thai curry, this resembles more like a pork dish rather than a typical curry. Pieces of moist juicy slow cooked pork belly, covered with a sweet and tangy sauce and served with peanuts, scrumptious! The spicy crispy pork with basil, bamboo shoots, green beans, and broccoli had an appetising heat which goes perfectly with steamed jasmine rice and the vegetarian fried rice with tofu was very enjoyable.
There were a couple of other dishes that I didn’t manage to take a photo of, but are ones that I would recommend. The main component of the Blue Elephant Friends (one of the chef’s specials) was deep-fried chicken coated with slivers of almonds. Despite being meat from the breast, the chicken retained the moisture and was easy to chew. The pits of almond gave a nice texture variation compared to the usual bread crumb crust. The red duck curry with lychee, pineapple and grapes was another favourite amongst the table. Plenty of sliced roast duck in the dish, it was another great dish to pair with rice.
It was such a satisfying meal and I’m amazed that I didn’t know about this place till now! I’m fond of the variety that Blue Elephants has to offer as well as the execution of the dish. The dining area is cosy with limited seating, so it is recommended that if you wish to dine in, call ahead so you won’t leave disappointed. The service was friendly and attentive; they even offered to loan us their umbrella when we left because the weather decided to turn for the worst. So go and give Blue Elephant a try, because like me, you might get hooked!
by Life As A Mutt
Aug 26, 2014
Blue Elephant ranks as one of TripAdvisors best restaurants in Auckland, so looking for an Asian treat, I went there with friends. The restaurant is located in trendy Parnell and the décor of Blue Elephant matches; simple yet refined. The restaurant had a cosy atmosphere and the staff were extremely friendly.
We decided to order four dishes; the beef green curry, chicken cashew nuts, sweet chilli fish and Blue Elephant spicy crispy pork. Rice is ordered per person and is unlimited. We also considered the set menu for $45 per person, which also sounded great. The dishes came promptly and we dug in with glee.
The beef green curry was presented beautifully. However it was obvious that it wasn't truly authentic Thai with native vegetables, such as carrot and broccoli, making up the bulk of the dish. The curry itself tasted great and was extremely moorish, some of us enjoying just the curry sauce with rice. The sauce was rich, with a nice subtlety of flavours.
The chicken cashew nuts tasted generic. It had a sweet tone and was certainly pleasant, but was nothing you couldn't get at any middle range Chinese restaurant.
The sweet spicy fish was beautiful. It's orderable fried whole, or just the fillet, we chose the later. The blend of spicy and sweet was perfect, and the fish was tender and moist. It was a rather small portion though. Definitely recommended.
The final dish was certainly the best, the crispy spicy pork being delicious. The pork was cooked to perfection with succulent flesh and crispy skin. The sauce was slightly sweet and spicy, complimenting the meat and vegetables well.
While we certainly enjoyed the meal, and the great ambience, there was a noticeable short coming at Blue Elephant. The food, while good, was not remarkable. It was also certainly not authentic Thai cuisine. Dishes are pricey, with a small sized main dish setting you back $30.
If you are looking for good quality Thai food, with a great ambience, then Blue Elephant will delight you. For purists or those who want value for money, Blue Elephant isn't for you.
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by Tony Ma
Aug 26, 2014
Best tom yum soup for a Thai restaurant in Auckland, got all sorts of surprizes in their seafood tom yum!
Nice cosy environment, great for winter! If you are coming on friday evenings remember to make a booking!
Curry is good, nothing else too surprising since you already come here with high expectations
Wait time: 4/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Food Quantity: 4/5
Price range: $50+ pp
Aug 03, 2014
Very cute and cozy restaurant. Three of us came here for a birthday dinner. The service was excellent, and the staff were very friendly. Food was delicious and they have a great vegetarian menu. The presentation of the food was amazing. One of the best restaurants I have been to.
Jun 08, 2014
Dined in a few times, outstanding!!!!
The service was fantastic and the food delicious.
My favorite dish was the pork ribs, but everything we have had was delicious.
My mouth is watering as I write :)
We would definitely go back!!!
by Myra Cohen
Jun 04, 2014
Lovely authentic Thai restaurant. I go here regularly for lunch. Pleasant decor, fantastic service and the lunch menu is beautifully presented, delicious and affordable (dinner here is a bit pricey). Unlike cheap Thai restaurants which tend to be heavy handed on the oil, their meals are perfectly balanced and beautifully presented.
by Kyle Pitman
May 26, 2014
Recommended by a well traveled work mate. He was over and suggested to go here. Quite frankly, this would be one of the best Thai restaurants I have ever been to. The food, amazing and the service to match. Highly recommend and will return again soon.
Apr 07, 2014
Excellent food , excellent service, excellent atmosphere.
Been this restaurant 3 times already but always consistent...food wise n service wise also..never ever disappointed us...went there first 4 of us n 6 of us lately...all of us thoroughly enjoyed all of elements....well done
by Arietta @ KJAS Blog
Mar 24, 2014
I haven't really been a huge fan of Thai food, but I loved my lunch here at Blue Elephant. It's tucked away down a little alley from the main road so it's conveniently close to the main road shops and bus stops but the restaurant itself was a tastefully quiet place to relax. The decor and beautiful table setting makes it a perfect high end place to take to impress someone.
We started with the mini lunch entree of two mini spring rolls each. They were absolutely delicious, with crisp warm outers and vermicelli, wood ear and other Asian salad vegetables inside. Served with some sweet chilli sauce and an adorably small spoon to spoon the sauce over them, it was a great start to the meal. I'm a sucker for great presentation and Blue Elephant does really good presentation.
The green curry with chunks of chicken, bamboo shoots, green beans, carrot and so many other veges was aromatic but not as thick as I expected it would be. If you like curries, this is great for you, served with some fragrant rice. It's a bit on the watery side and I personally didn't like the colour, but I'm not a fan of curries per se. My boyfriend super liked it, however, so I'm guessing it's a recommend for curry fans.
I opted for the stir fried jasmine rice with duck meat, egg, assorted vegetables and a slice of lemon. It was the best stir fried rice I've had in New Zealand at a restaurant. I loved it so much as the flavours all went really well together and the duck was succulent and it wasn't spicy (thank goodness, I don't like spicy food) at all. Previously my experience of Thai food has always been super spicy stuff, so this stir fried rice made an amazing impression. Dare I say it, but they cook fried rice better than most Chinese. All dishes were served with some julienned white cabbage, parsley and gorgeously peeled carrot flowers that I could hardly bear to eat because they looked so good. Seriously, how did they make those thin carrot flowers?
We also got a dish of curry puffs. Even though I don't like curry, and these smelt similar to the green curry and were a little spicy, I quite liked these. With a less curry-ish filling, they'd be a sure favourite for me too, but I guess that ruins the point of curry puffs. The pastry was flaky, multi-layered and golden brown, a sign of an excellent chef. There was some chicken, potato, onion and curry inside, just a bit, and overall it was delicious. I do recommend this dish for sure.
Overall a delicious meal that was well-presented with excellent service throughout. I highly recommend the Blue Elephant for a quiet high end meal with some friends you want to impress. If you're on a budget, lunch of a dish per person is totally affordable, or if you're feeling celebratory then splurge on a sumptuous dinner. With a variety of dishes for those who like spicy and those who don't, all served in incredibly creative and pretty ways, you must visit here at least once. Thanks Zomato for the voucher!
by Roshnee Patel
Feb 04, 2014
Awesome service.. definitely made us feel welcome and were always asking if everything was ok. Love it and will definitely bring my freinds. Keep it up!! The food was delicious and im vegetarian and there was many options to choose from lovely and spicy as intended and i cant say how much i loved the service such a freindly bunch .. very welcoming and proud of thier culture
Feb 02, 2014
Came here with a friend and booked for a table outside. It is a beautiful restaurant and they even have thick blankets you can use. However my seat was right next to the opened door which made it slightly uncomfortable for me to remember to avoid it with my elbow. I also really like the service here which was friendly and elegant.
We ordered the fresh spring rolls (ie summer rolls) with prawns - I love the plum sauce it came with but the roll itself was towards the tasteless side and quite forgetful.
For main we ordered the Massaman Lamb Curry and the Blue Elephant Spicy Cripsy Pork. The curry had a great slightly sweet flavour. The lamb was fairly tender, my friend liked the potatoes and I liked the crunchy nuts and roasted shallot they added. I enjoyed the pork dish as well especially the crispy pork and the bamboo shoots. It being medium spice was just about right too.
For drinks, I had the Blue Elephant cocktail which looked amazing and tasted alright. My friend had a glass of gewurztraminer, which I am glad they stocked as I have experienced many restaurants not having this wine despite it being on their menu!
All in all, I thought the price is a little bit high but it would be a great place to impress your guest as the dishes and the place look amazing.
by Kyle Kastner
Jan 29, 2014
We just visited for a special occasion (our last night in NZ after living here for a year) and could not be happier with our experience. The service was absolutely top notch and the food was excellent. Our waitress was so helpful and courteous, making us feel at home and even bringing us a free entree so that we could try one of their most popular dishes (Aroy Dee Thai Herb Wrap), which was delicious. For our mains we tried several dishes with prawns, chicken, scallops and beef. We were impressed by the incredibly tender cooking of the seafood/meats and the level of flavor and spice that was brought to every dish. Even the dishes we ordered "as-is" had a fair level of spice, while the "thai-spicy" curries we ordered were by far the most flavorful and intensely spiced dishes we have tasted in the country over the past year (warning: their "thai-spice" level of heat is definitely not appropriate for the kiwi palette). I would highly recommend this restaurant just based on the food, but the attention to detail and service put it over the top. 10/10.
by William Laughton
Dec 17, 2013
I went here with high hopes for my birthday dinner. it is a cute cosy location with great atmosphere. it is not too loud and the music was fitting. we were met by 3 immaculately dressed waitresses. The best dish is all of them. they gave us towels at the end to wipe our hands with. Very professional. best Thai restaurant in Auckland.
by Carmella @ Easy Food Hacks
Nov 29, 2013
Blue Elephant is tucked into a small alley off Parnell Road, giving it some privacy from the bustle of the main street. First appearances, I was somewhat apprehensive. An ethnic restaurant in just about the least ethnically diverse and one of the most expensive suburbs in Auckland doesn’t bode well.
We were warmly greeted, and opted to sit outside in the cool breeze. The servers were in beautiful traditional attire, and service was incredibly gracious, as you would expect. I asked the server for recommendations, and after some confusion around what was most authentic on the menu (I should have asked what were the specialties of the restaurant), we decided on three dishes.
The recommended starter of Aroy Dee Thai herb wrap (4 for $12.50) were fantastic. These are a palate cleanser combination of duck or prawn with finely cut aromatics (ginger, red onion, a sliver of lemon, capsicum), roasted peanuts and toasted coconut shavings generously drizzled with a sweet-sour tamarind sauce. The morsels are wrapped in spinach leaves, which you have to eat in one bite. It was a sensational burst of flavour which evolved as you chew through the different components.
For the mains, we had the massaman lamb curry ($25.50). It was full of wonderful spices, rich and creamy, with very tender and generous pieces of lamb. My friend, who is a massaman curry fiend, said it was a very good version.
My favourite though, was the tamarind king prawns ($29.50). The five extra large prawns were presented in a teepee formation surrounding a mound of beans and broccoli. These were excellent; sweet prawn meat, lightly coated and deep-fried, giving it a savoury, crispy layer, and drizzled with a sticky tamarind sauce. The prawns had already been partially shelled, so you could if you wanted to, be more dignified and eat with cutlery, but fried foods always seems tastier when eaten with fingers.
At the end of the meal, you receive a warmed lemongrass-scented hand towel, which is a very thoughtful gesture, especially if like me, you have sauce stained fingers after eating the prawns.
I enjoyed Blue Elephant’s innovative menu and especially the friendly staff. My one disappointment was the lack of Asian vegetables on the menu. Budget wise, including two drinks and rice, ran to nearly $90 for two people.
Nov 03, 2013
I am not a big fan of Thai food, so that does play into my rating. I went to Blue Elephant for dinner as one of a group of six. The service was quite good for a busy Saturday night - the waitress came to check on us regularly, and came to take our orders in a timely manner.
We ordered starters, and they seemed quite big. I ordered the prawn cakes, which came with sweet chili sauce. With some rice, I would have been quite happy to call that my evening meal!
As the main, I ordered beef Pad Thai. I found this to be overbearingly sweet and couldn't eat much of it. My dining companions were more pleased with their selections - the green and red curries were reportedly both very good, while the sweet and sour dish was so-so. We did not have dessert.
One interesting thing to note is that Blue Elephant have quite a good wine list at reasonable prices.
Aug 04, 2013
Went for the first time after reading brilliant reviews and i must say i was not disappointed one bit. Food was great and some unique ingredients on one of my dishes but the chefs made it work perfectly =D.
Service was fantastic, my table was wobbly but i didn't really care, then the waitress from nowhere comes over and fixes it without me having to ask. Friendly staff that know how to treat customers.
Would happily recommend this restaurant to all my friends
by Samik Patel
Apr 21, 2013
We have been going to this little yet amazing Thai restaurant. Blue Elephant is our favorite restaurant for Thai food. To develop the taste of Thai food, was this and only restaurant which gave us the start for liking Thai food and now it has become our top favorite. We are Vegetarians but there is no difference in the taste and the flavour in their meals, specially the curries or starters with Mock meats is amazing, we have never had this option of mock meat in any other Thai restaurants. From soups to mains or noodles, it's aromatic and mouth watering.... The staff there is so hospitable, friendly and caring. Also the ambience is very traditional yet very romantic. What else do you need to become a regular customer of a restaurant ? We love Blue Elephant, what would we do without you for Thai food :):)
by Pete P
Mar 06, 2013
We ate here 2 weeks ago. The food was ok, we think was not really authentic Thai food. Adapted for western taste, service was fine. Not too happy with a grumpy waiting staff face. She should stay home if not happy to come to work on a busy night !!!
by Emma Gerlach
Feb 15, 2013
Absolute best Thai food I've had in Auckland. Tucked away in a cozy little restaurant with a very authentic feel, we were greeted with smiles. The duck and crispy pork we ordered was amazingly good. The waitresses were very attentive, and the owner even checked to make sure we were enjoying our food. A nice touch. At the end of the night, we received hot lemon-scented towels to wipe our hands and two free chocolate hearts. (It was Valentine's Day) We will definitely be back.
by Anke Rintelmann
Jan 28, 2013
If I had reviewed the Bue Elephant after going the first time before Christmas it would have been a straight 5 stars. We had the duck curry with the grapes and the fried almond coated chicken. It was quite different from what you get at typical Thai restaurant and very good. This time we had the Mussaman curry and the crispy pork. Unfortunately the taste of the curry was dominated by cinnamon, which made it very off balance in my opinion given that would normally been a range of spices and flavours in such a curry, such as cardamoms, lemon grass etc. Unless you really love cinnamon don't go for this one. The crispy pork was good but nothing special. The starters were really nice both times and I would recommend the herb wraps and fish cakes in particular. The staff are very attentive and friendly, knowledgeable about the dishes. The restaurant is in a very nice little nook tucked away in a back alley in Parnell and it's nice and small. If going with more people I would definitely book.
by Kirsten Ibbetson
Dec 23, 2012
This Blue Elephant is hidden away down a small cobblestone drive way off Parnell road. As my parter and I reached the bottom we were met by an immaculately dressed Thai hostess who showed us to our table. The restaurant is lovely and open with dulcet tones of traditional relaxing music playing throughout it.
For a place not to far away from the main road I found The Blue Elephant very charming and quiet. A wonderful escape.
The atmosphere was not in any way let down by the cuisine. We ate the Fresh spring roles and the Aroy Dee Thai Herb Wraps for our entrees. It has to be said that our wonderfully charming & witty waitress Shelley really made our night that little bit extra special. She was very willing to tell us how to eat the Aroy dee Thai wraps, what was in each dish and was happy to cater to all our requests. My partner loves spice, I don't take it too well, this is the first time any restaurant has offered fresh chilli on the side so we can both enjoy the dishes to our own tastes.
The fresh spring rolls were so delicious with the gorgeous mint really cleansing the palate whilst the Aroy dee Thai herb wraps were fun to eat and was a real burst of flavour. It all tasted so incredibly fresh.
The word to describe our mains is divine. We had the crispy pork dish and duck with cashews. The sauce for the duck was so incredibly tasty, you really could pick up the delicate flavours and the fresh ingredients were just beautiful. The pork actually smelt so good the couple at the table next to us actually asked what the dish was so they could order the same thing,
Having a Thai step mother and my partner spending a few months in Thailand i would like to think we were good judges of thai food. So don't take this review lightly- The Blue Elephant deserves 5 stars +.
All in all with the romantic atmosphere, presentable traditionally dressed waitresses with amazing customer services and to top it off absolutely delicious food -you'd be silly not to give The Blue Elephant a try. I was very impressed and I will definitely be back again.
by Diiya McCaw
Dec 12, 2012
We have a fab night at the blue elephant. The service was great. Most of our food was tasty and up to expectations. I do have one complaint and that is the delay in food. We were a party of 10 and received our entrees and some mains(individual orders) at very staggered times. We have 6 ppl get their entrees and were done by the time the other 4 arrived and it was not different items. And same with mains with the delay being long enough that 2 ppl were left eating on their own at the end. The rice situation is a bit stingy especially since its being charged separately. It was a very small serving offered each time and charged every time whereas other places offer rice for 2 dollars and I've never had to ask for more. Anyway it was a nice place and everything but the prawns were great. The service was very friendly albeit a bit delayed.
by Gavin S
Dec 03, 2012
Four of us ate here last week after reading all the good reviews and we were not disappointed! Everything was fresh and tasty and the service was friendly and attentive. Presentation of each dish is done with great care and it's part of what makes this place really special for me. I have eaten a lot of Thai food - both here in NZ and in Thailand - so I do feel like I know good Thai food when I taste it. What a pity that Andrea C (25/10) did not understand about the mixed seafood curry with egg in it. I had to work hard to persuade the staff to make this for me as they are thinking of pulling it from the menu because of the bad review. What a pity that would be! This is a wonderful traditional Thai dish and it was perfect.
I'll be back :)
by Andrea Chalmers
Oct 25, 2012
I went to the Blue Elephant last night for dinner. We ordered two entrees and two mains. The Pad Thai was really tasty as were the entrees. Unfortunately our mixed seafood curry arrived with the sauce (coconut cream) split, i.e not creamy but liquid with congealed bits in it. I asked the young waitress about it and an older more senior waitress came over and told us it was meant to look like that as it had egg in it!! I have been to many Thai restaurants and had many fish curries that have not looked like this. She offered to redo it if we didn't like the taste. It tasted ok as it was not the flavour that was at fault. I am always reluctant to send food back to the kitchen if having to complain. It is a shame they didn't take the time to re-do the dish before sending out to us as I will not recommend this restaurant or go back in the future. The young waitresses were very attentive and the decor pleasant.
by Cam W
Oct 10, 2012
Awesome awesome awesome, especially the Blue Elephant Curry and Massaman Lamb Curry. The Blue Elephant Curry is out of this world, never tried anything like it. Service was excellent too. Strange that the waitress served the rice from a "communal" bowl (when you needed more you had to ask) but everything else was top notch.
Sep 12, 2012
The best thai food I have ever had!!! Amazing and original, the food has the real thai spices. Tom yam soup is my favourite thai meal and I can say I have tried quite a several around Auckland and have never tried anything like this!!! The spicy scallops were just heaven to try!!! The dishes are well presented and we didnt have to wait long for the food. The service was great, staff helpful and attentive. Well done!!!
by Roger Honeybun
Sep 06, 2012
Wife and self dined at Blue Elephant hidden down the lane next to the ANZ in Parnell. It was worth the hunt. Food excellent, staff charming and attentive. Would recommend for that plus excellent value for money.
Sep 01, 2012
Yummy!!! We went with a group of 6 and we all very much enjoyed our meals.
Fantastic service, setting and food.
The best thai I have had in Auckland, we will definitely go back and would highly recommend!
by Tim Graves
Jul 03, 2012
Fantastic, authentic Thai food, wide variety on the menu. If you like fish try the "Chubby young blue elephant" - delicious! Attentive and super friendly service with reasonable prices. There is a reason this place has so many good reviews... We're definitely going back!
by Tania McFall
Jun 24, 2012
WOW!!! Pure pleasure...the best Thai food I have ever had. Karen and Wayne are fantastic hosts and have created a first class intimate Thai dining experience. I would highly recommend the Blue Elephant in Parnell.
Thai Food as good as it gets!!!
Apr 27, 2012
The portion was big (for me and my girlfriend), and the ambient was great. However the taste of the food was only above average. There are better Thai food in the area. Great services by the waiting staff - gave us a good explanation on the menu items. Would go there again for the atmosphere rather than the food.
by Karen Short
Apr 16, 2012
the best Thai food we've ever had!! This restaurant is amazing! there were so many flavors in each bite of our meal ~ The prices are very reasonable, the menu extensive, and the owner, Karen, is a sweetheart! Great wine, too! We'll definitely return, on our next trip to New Zealand!!
Apr 05, 2012
All three of us gave this lovely, charming restaurant full marks.
-Love the menu which had some unique offerings, in particular the herb parcels which were just divine and just completely different to what we've ever had in a thai restaurant.
-Food was well prepared but also beautifully presented, spiced just right and delicious
-The location was quaint, surrounded my greenery in the heart of Parnell.
-The actual place was charming, tastefully decorated with music appropriate to its theme
-The hostess was warm and ensured we were happy and comfortable.
-Fully recommend for both couples and small groups as it was a lovely, intimate setting.
Mar 31, 2012
We went here tonight after reading the great reviews on this site. It was REALLY delicous! We eat Thai at least once a week, and we will be going back for sure. Can't believe I haven't found it before now - YUM
by Arsene Lupen
Mar 28, 2012
Nice and friendly environment. The staff and the food are superb. Our children loved the presentation of the carrot flowers and the chance to have a try by themselves as well.
I can write pages here about their high quality service and delicious food but it must try it. I only had the same feeling at Carinthia that I'm the most honoured GUEST here and the food and the staff is for my satisfaction.
Since our first visit we often visit the Blue Elephant and always really satisfied with everything such as food quality and taste, hospitality... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
by Paeterasp Vevaina
Mar 23, 2012
Excellent food, specially their prawns were ultra delicious. The banana dessert was extremely wonderful too. Went for my wife's birthday there. will go back again.
Mar 17, 2012
We don't venture into the city often for food (traffic, parking, ugg). But when we do we often eat here. Time after time the food is excellent and consistent. The service is great; attentive and genuine. Thank you Blue Elephant for making the trek worthwhile!
Donna and Alan
----- 19 Nov, 2010 -----
Had the best time here. Great service. considering it was really interesting, delicious, freshly cooked food, we were served promptly - arrived 8pm and were waddling out the door by 9.30. The hosts went the extra mile for us. No complaints at all. Excited to hear they are open for lunch too. Even though parking is a challenge in Parnell, we needed the walk!
Feb 17, 2012
Consistently great food, friendly, efficient service and reasonably priced. Add the fact that it is a BYO and blue elephant is a perfect venue for any occasion. Highly recommended.
Oct 03, 2011
Fantastic food awesome atmosphere, fab staff, would recommend to anyone wanting a nice relaxing night out with friends, you can't go wrong. Their Chubby Young Blue Elephant (Hapuka with stir fried vegetables) and the chicken cashew nuts are a firm favourite, I would highly recommend you try them.
I travel from West Auckland even for takeaways. A++++
by Grant Harper
Aug 09, 2011
Our last meal in New Zealand was at the Blue Elephant, and what a fantastic memory to leave NZ with. The Blue Elephant is hidden away in Parnell Rd and is a perfect setting for such a lovely little Thai restaurant.
The menu is exciting to read, and our host explained all the dishes in such a friendly manner that we felt as though we were dining and an old favourite. We had the Mixed Entree which was superb, followed by Massamam Lamb Curry and Blue Elephant Spicy Crispy Pork.
The meals were generous and the flavours were magical. The Crispy Pork unlike anything I have ever tasted before.
The service is first class and friendly; also probably the cleanest restaraunt I have ever eaten in (look at the cutlery, glassware and furnishings!)
Our only regret was we couldn't try the 'Chubby Young Blue Elephant' or any of the other fabulous dishes on offer.
by Paul Mizow
Aug 09, 2011
This is the best Thai food I have ever eaten. In fact, it is better than Thai food. It should have its own distinct category, 'Blue Elephant Food'. The menu offers a blend of traditional dishes and slightly more exquisite creations that will surprise any seasoned Thai goer. The service from the owners and the intimate dimly lit surroundings are equally genuine and lovely. I just can't rate this place too highly.
by Craig Johnson
Aug 08, 2011
I heard about this place from this web site. We were celebrating a family members birthday and we didn't really want to visit the city - after all - we do have a fair choice of good Thai restaurants in the Eastern suburbs. It was my decision to try the Blue Elephant and I'm glad I did. From a very genuine welcome from the owners we were shown to our table. I had already checked out their menu so had an idea of what I wanted to order. Trouble was - there was too many I wanted to try! We were a party of 5 with 1 fussy eater (no seafood or chicken!). We ordered 8 entrees between us so we got to taste quite a few of what was on offer. Presentation of the entrees was fantastic and the various flavours were ... well words fail me but the word "fresh" comes to mind. The mains were also excellent but again we had over ordered. The servings are probably a little larger than what we are used to from a Thai restaurant - but even so .. we over ordered!!! It's so hard to choose what you aren't going to choose here. We all liked the way the menu was structured. Simple enough to pick your style and then pick which meat you want done that way. The service was attentive without being over bearing. The owners, Wayne & Karen, took an interest in us and chatted informally. I felt like we were regulars even though this was our first visit ... won't be our last though!!! Karen & the staff very kindly took away what we couldn't eat & packaged it up nicely for another meal the next day. She then arranged a small (thank goodness!!)desert complete with 2 candles for the birthday girl .... complimentary. A very kind & generous gesture. Even our 'fussy' eater was impressed. We love Thai food and have tried many very good places up & down the country. If this isn't the best it sure is in the top echelon. Try it. You will be impressed. Thank you Wayne & Karen & staff for a great night.
P.S. beware of the extra hot chilli king prawns ordered by another table .. the fumes even had Wayne coughing!!!
by Tony Miller
Jul 05, 2011
What an amazing journey for your taste buds.
Truly the best Thai Cuisine I have ever tasted.
The decor and the service is also amazing, a delightful find in Parnell.
Well done Thai Blue Elephant
by Rob Ford
Jul 01, 2011
My absolute favorite Thai restaurant in Auckland. The food, service and atmosphere are consistently excellent.
The atmosphere is tranquil, the food is generously served, beautifully presented and delicately flavored.
by David A
Jun 25, 2011
Simply the best Thai food I have ever eaten, friendly service with a lovely ambiance.
All dishes ordered were cooked to perfection, the crispy pork, red duck curry are to die for.
Will definitely be frequenting on a more regular basis.
by Tony Douglas
Jun 12, 2011
Undoubtedly the finest Thai restaurant in Auckland.
From the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere to the luscious, exquisite, tantalizing food, the Blue Elephant is a hidden gem. Well done guys.
PS. Try the spicy crispy pork! Mmmmmmmm
by Darryl & Sopida
Apr 25, 2011
We found the Blue Elephant from a deals site and we challenge anyone who say this is not the best Thai restaurant in Auckland. That is why we have been back 4 times since December 2010. The food is totally authentic as Sopida can testify since she is Thai. The service is very friendly and efficient. Thanks to Karen, Wayne and Kwang. We really love this place and been telling as many people as possible.
by Nikole Mckenzie
Mar 17, 2011
I would rate this a ten star if I could.. the food is great and the service is just as good as the food :) it is in lovely, quiet cosy location... you are guaranteed to enjoy your meal every time... I find myself re-visiting the BLUE ELEPHANT at least twice a month or more... hope you all enjoy the food as much as I have :)
by Tanna Wang
Mar 04, 2011
Wonderful restaurant, a great dine out experience. Place is dimmed with lovely fittings lit by candle lights. It is atmospherically romantic with great service, food was delicious, highly recommend to all! Because of Blue Elephant, I've fallen in love with Thai food!
by Damian Batson
Jan 29, 2011
Absolutely superb. Each dish was fresh and each had an exquisite characteristic flavour.
better than most Thai restaurants in Auckland, which tend to have a "uniform" taste for every dish.
Definitely going again.
by Justin Flitter
Jan 16, 2011
Blue Elephant serves up some of the best Thai I've ever had. Always fresh ingredients and clean presentation you wont be disappointed here.
If I lived in Parnell I'd be eating here every night
by Ralph Baramee
Jan 16, 2011
We had dinner there for the second time last night,we have eaten at nearly every major Thai restaurant in Auckland and again it was by far THE BEST and most exquisite meal we have ever had, from entree to desert the meal was faultless, this restaurant has to become the top Thai dining experience in Auckland.
Highly highly recommend
by Carolina Tapia
Jan 11, 2011
just been there for dinner with my partner and I have to say that is probably the best Thai restaurant we´ve ever been here in Auckland (and we´ve been to a few)
The flavour was just incredible, and the sticky rice!! since we came back from Asia 2 year ago we haven´t been able to find places that serve this kind of northen east Thai style. JUST GREAT!
the service and the atmosphere was fantastic.
Thanks so much for everything! we´ll be coming back certainly!
By the way, the entrance to the restaurant and the portions are huge and well balanced!... maybe the people from the review by Orly was really oversized...;P
by Wolfie W
Oct 21, 2010
We dined here on Friday night and the place was packed - maybe the promtional voucher which gave us $50 worth for just $20? Parking was a nightmare but what would one expect in Parnell on a Friday? After several circuits we found a space a short walk away. Ambience was ok, tables very close together meant no privacy of conversation, and I didn't really like the cheesy piano-by-candlelight music which seemed a bit at odds with Thai decor. The food was fairly standard tasty Thai fare, perhaps could have been hotter, servings were HUGE, and we took away doggie bags willingly offered, and with fresh rice added compliments of the establishment. Service was friendly and professional. Good value, especially with the discount voucher.
by Gregory Oshiro
Oct 17, 2010
My partner and I arrived the restaurant after 9pm since we couldn't find a parking. Even though we were late for our reservation, the staff(later we realised the lady was the owner "Karen") was welcomed us -It was a great start. We ordered the whole snapper dish which was moist and tasty -actually the size of the fish was much bigger than we expected so we were struggle to finish it though it was delectable;) Another dish called "Crispy Pork" was just superb!
We thought the way they treated customers was warm and equally friendly to anyone. The ambience was perfect too! Although we've been to many Thai restaurants, the experience at the Blue Elephant was so far the best. Definitely we would go back again! Thanks to you all.
Oct 14, 2010
I dined here on the weekend after buying a voucher deal. The service was amazing, Karen and Wayne were great hosts and made us feel extremely welcome. The food was delicious - one of the best Thai restaurants I've eaten at in a long time. Will definitely be back!!!!
by Ashley Kerlin
Oct 10, 2010
We first went to Blue Elephant as we had purchased a voucher deal. Our first experience was lovely. We were seated and assisted quickly with very friendly service (possibly one of the owners). Everything from the moment we sat down until the moment we left was absolutely marvelous. The food was by far the best Thai food in Auckland, let alone NZ. Being from the US, we have been looking for an authentic Thai restaurant and are so happy that we finally found it! The food was delicious and the experience was even better. We have since been back and it was yet again wonderful. This is the only Thai restaurant to eat at in Auckland unless you are looking for non-authentic, rush you out the door service. Can't wait to go back this week!
Aug 20, 2010
We regularly go to the Blue Elephant, the food is fresh and delicious, and the service is excellent. Highly recommended!
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