Blue Elephant Review
Blue Elephant in Murrells Inlet is one of the gems of the Inlet and one of the best authentic Thai restaurants in Myrtle Beach. Even though choices, when it comes to Thai food, are limited the Blue Elephant is a restaurant that should be judged on the quality and interior design as if a small kingdom with the food of a 5 star restaurant.
The Thai food served here is of its original name and recipe. You also have the option to choose the degree of spiciness: mild, medium, hot, or authentic. Your dish doesn’t have to be spicy at all for those that don’t like it. With so many choices, I choose to try the Panang Pra Salmon (mild) and Thai Elephant Seafood (non-spicy). The salmon in the Panang Pra Slamon was very tender, and flavorful with zesty pang curry, and snow peas. The food was so tender that there was no need for a knife with nicely proportioned sides.
The Thai Elephant Seafood is what would be the Thai version of mixed seafood. The combination of shrimp, scallops, calamari, salmon, mussels, with vegetables, and glass noodles were all of sizeable portions. It was very scrumptious; all meals are served with hot jasmine rice.
Both drinks that I tried were very unique and different than anything I’ve ever tasted. The Thai Iced Tea (orange colored beverage) is a black tea that is flavored with licorice, star anise, and other spices. It was very flavorful and the tones were sweet and soothing. The Thai Iced Coffee has a very strong and sweet taste that you will possibly never find in your local coffee shop. I can’t possibly describe how good these drinks are without you tasting them for yourself. Blue Elephant also serves an assortment of beer from Thailand.
Blue Elephant’s interior has wonders for the eyes for such a small restaurant. Many of the décor is hand crafted and made by the owner, Dr. Paul’s company in Thailand. A picture displayed represents much of Dr. Paul’s life, and also life in Thailand. The china is also hand crafted and made specifically for the Blue Elephant. You may also have the pleasure to hear and watch a woman play a Khim. This is the type of atmosphere for romantic dates, small get-togethers, and fine dining for family and friends.
Service at the restaurant was excellent. The server was very knowledgeable about all the Thai food available on the menu. My glass never went empty and we were checked on very often. A candle is always lit before your meal and you’re always feeling right at home.
The prices here are what you would expect from a 4 or 5 Star Restaurant. Blue Elephant is great for that special treat, special date, or a nice night out. I don’t think anyone can finish the sizeable portions. Good thing you can get it packed up for take out. You can also order food to go if you don’t want to eat in the restaurant. The Blue Elephant is definitely one of the best Myrtle Beach Thai restaurants.