This week we tried some outstanding Thai cuisine presented at the Siam Elephant Bar and
Restaurant located in the tropical and lush grounds of the beautiful Siam Bayshore Resort with its delightful low rise pavilions set between Second Road and the world famous Walking Street. In fact, the main entrance is from Walking Street at the Bali Hai Pier end, where one is welcomed by the friendly staff into the tranquil world of this elegant resort, which is probably one of the oldest in Pattaya starting way back in 1974. The Siam Elephant Restaurant has an indoors section and open air bar and restaurant terrace that overlooks Pattaya Bay and the famous street where one can enjoy a cocktail or cool beer and literally watch the world go by. It has been around for about 3 years and has established itself for producing excellent top quality Thai dishes.
The contemporary style Siam Elephant not only offers authentic and traditional recipes known to Western palates, such as Red or Green Curry or Phad Thai Koong Sod, (Noodles, Shrimp, Tofu, Bean Sprouts and Tamarind Sauce) but also some very interesting Regional dishes that are unique to the creativity of the executive chefs such as Lers B at the Resort.
Appetizers such as Pho Pia Tod (95 baht) deep fried Vegetable Spring Rolls with a Sweet and Spicy Sauce Dip. Tung Tong (150 baht) Crispy Parcels of Shrimp and Water Chestnut served with a Sweet Plum Sauce.
They have an unusual assortment of Thai Salads, including Yum Pla Salid Dad Diew (210 baht) which is a Crispy and Spicy Sundried Fish with a subtle Herb Dip. Or Yum Sam-O, a refreshing Pomelo Fruit Salad with Roasted Coconut, Shrimps and Shredded Chicken for 210 baht.
There are also a good range of Soups and Curries available on the menu, including the famous Tom Yam Khung (220 baht) made with Giant River Prawns, Mushrooms, Galangal, Kaffir Leaves, Lemongrass and Chili and the classic curry Kaeng Massaman Nuea (220 baht) made with Beef, Onions, Potatoes and Peanuts.
We tried a selection of the specialty dishes from the menu, which all came in traditional Thai fashion; that is all at once. Including an appetizer, Mee Krub (115 baht); which is a dish of crispy Rice Noodles served up in a Sweet and Sour Sauce and garnished with Fried Shrimps, Bean Sprouts and Chinese Chives.
Tom Kha Kai (210 baht). A fragrantly aromatic Chicken soup flavoured with Galangal in a light Coconut Milk and garnished with fresh Herbs.
Chu-Chee Koong Nang (250 baht). Very large and succulent Fried River Prawns cooked with Red Curry and Coconut Cream.
Pla Kao Rad Prik (390 baht). This is a simple but wonderful fish dish made from a whole Crispy Fried Garoupa served with Chili and Garlic in a very tasty Tamarind Sauce.
Phad Nor-Mai Farang Hed-Hom (120 baht).
This was a plate full of sauteed spears of fresh Green Asparagus and Shitake Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce.
All served with a delicious steamed Thai Homali (Jasmine) Rice.
This was followed by a special Dessert, simply called Coconut Delight, which it truly was. Coconut Milk sherbet ice served with fresh Coconut meat and Roasted Peanuts, making a delicious finish to a well presented and memorable meal. If you like good quality Thai food then you will not go wrong here at the Siam Elephant Bar and Restaurant.
All prices quoted are liable to government tax and 10% service charge.
The Siam Elephant is open every day from 6pm until 11pm. Telephone: 038 428 678-81.