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Thai Elephant

Posted by Beverly Cheng / Reviewed on October 26, 2009 / review policy

Thai ElephantThai Elephant is a run-of-the-mill, westernized South-East Asian eatery across from Terroni on Queen. It offers all of the usual dishes you'd expect from your local Spring Rolls outlet, and they deliver!

Thai ElephantThe darkly-painted dining room is in dire need of a facelift, but the service is warm, helpful and representative of traditional Thai hospitality.

Their paper fold-out menu is a resounding flashback to Thai dishes first introduced to Toronto over a decade ago. Coconut shrimp is butterflied, coated in shredded sweet coconut and deep fried. Although appealing to the eye, it's bland and could use more spices or a twist of lime juice for balance, instead of the overly-sweet honey dipping sauce that comes with it.

Thai ElephantMango salad ($8) with thick strips of sweet red onions, slivers of bell pepper, peanuts and toasted cashews comes doused in an acidic vinaigrette. The sharpness of the vinaigrette is a nice light appetizer for the carb-centric meal to follow.

Thai ElephantCurry Pad Thai ($10) is a generous portion of flat rice noodles, tofu and chicken thickly coated in a powdery curry sauce. The noodles are lacking flavour and could be easily enlivened with a dash of sweet chili or blend of savoury Thai spices.

Thai ElephantSimilarly, Green Curry Chicken ($9) with mixed veggies and strips of chicken breast comes in a sauce that seems straight out of a packet and directly served onto our plate. The accompanying bowl of steamed rice, however, is better than most, as it comes with a yin yang mix of both white jasmine and purple wild rice.

Many may turn their noses up at pseudo-Asian cuisine, but I can always appreciate the merits of a good General Tsao's chicken or sweet and sour pork. So, while I may not ascribe to Thai Elephant's claim to "Authentic Thai Cuisine," it may work for those accustomed to Westernized Asian franchises and prefer their Thai cuisine on the milder side.

Thai Elephant
Photos by Francis Jonas Yap.

Discussion

4 Comments

Amanda / October 27, 2009 at 10:19 am
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I'm surprised to hear of the bad review that BlogTO gave Thai Elephant. I've been a couple of times and thought the food was tasty. The portions are large and the service is very friendly. As for needing a facelift - I don't remember it being as bad as described above.
gorf / October 27, 2009 at 10:56 am
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I ate there a couple months ago and left disappointed. My girlfriend and I were the only ones in the restaurant and the service was painfully slow. The food was definitely lacking flavor all around.

That said, the employees were nice, and drinks were on the cheaper end of the scale

As far as decor goes, I could care less what a place looks like on the inside if the food is good.
jack / October 27, 2009 at 01:05 pm
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since nothing is really authentic here unless you pay a fortune.. may I suggest food court down in the Eaton's Centre(basement near dundas side).. there is a thai fast food joint in the food court.. food is spicy.. and quite yummy..portion is huge when you order 2 items..I love the pineapple fish there(quite spicy) and chicken satay skewers.. the spring roll there is big and quite good..for just over 7 bucks... make sure you get some of the dark chilly sauce sitting right in front of the noodles soup area...yum.. if you are small eater.. the portion is big enough to split into two meals..
Tamar / April 26, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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Sooooo impressed with this place. Although I've never eaten in the restaurant and can only comment on the delivery, the food is amazing. I've ordered a few different dishes from their menu (mango salad, pad thai, khao soi, panang curry, soups...) and I've been blown away with the quality and taste. This is easily on par with famous Toronto Thai restaurants such as Sukhothai and Khao San Road. Hugely recommended!

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