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“Delicious original Thai food!”

Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell
Ranked #16 of 2,456 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 8 - USD 39
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Thai
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Auckland's taste sensation in a warm cosy atmosphere with great service. Whether for a romantic dinner or lunch, a catch up with friends or family or for business entertainment, we can cater for your needs. With seating capacity maxing out at around 40 to 50 (depending on seating arrangements), it is advisable to make a telephone reservation. The restaurant also offers great wines, cocktails, beers and a nice selection of teas. Open 6 nights (closed Mondays & public holidays)
Reviewed 17 December 2016

The small wonderfully decorated Blue Elephant restaurant is located on 237 Parnell Road in the second row behind some shops (easy to miss! Watch out for the number, which is written in big if you approach from the city center). But looking for it really pays out! The Thai personnel is very friendly and welcoming. And the food! Not this western adapted crap, it tastes like in Thailand! (I can tell, been there several times). With all the flavors it needs, from ginger to chili, from lime leaf to Thai basil. Some dishes are spicy, some are not. We had Red Pandang beef curry (highly recommended!), cashew nut prawns and ginger + oyster sauce beef for lunch. They do have special rates for lunch (if I recall correctly it was: 14,90 NZD for chicken/pork/beef dishes, 18,90 NZD for prawn dishes + 4,90 NZD if you want 2 spring rolls on top). So, if you like original Thai food, this is our address in Auckland!

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3  Thank Caesar52Stuttgart
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

Found this little restaurant after search Trip Advisor and it is wonderful. Food is genuinely Thai, the portions are quite large and the service is amazing.

2  Thank PaulDAmsterdam
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

We were here on 10/12 to celebrate my daughter's birthday with family and friends and this little restaurant has made its mark and will now be our "go to" Thai restaurant in Auckland!
With expectations that we knew everything Thai food, given it is one of our favourite cuisines, the flavours, taste and presentation of the food here was exceptional!
It is a small place so for a party of nine, seating was a bit cramped, but despite this Karen and her team provided the excellent food and service and the lack of space actually turned into a cosy little place.

Karen and her team described each dish as they presented it which was great. Service was prompt and discrete and we never had to wait for food to arrive!

We will certainly be back there. Just a note that parking is diabolical around the restaurant but suggest so plan on this aspect.

4  Thank BalramC10
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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The food was very yummy, we had a Seafood Tom Yum to start which was absolutely amazing, and followed with some really tasty blue elephant pork curry and duck with cashews. My favourite traditional Thai food for a few years and I'd say probably about the best. Service was really the stand out part for me though, everyone was so friendly and they did lots of nice little extra touches that you don't often see. Beautiful atmosphere too. Really highly rated by me!

3  Thank Tom N
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Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Blue Elephant after reading good reviews on Trip Advisor,it certainly lived up to and surpassed these awards.
Best Thai meal I have tasted outside of Thailand.
Excellent friendly service.
Food beyond our expectations ,well worth a visit
Keith & Lynn
Co Durham

3  Thank keith m
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