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“Great find just a quick Uber ride from the CBD.”

Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell
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Ranked #22 of 1,968 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Price range: $12 - $60
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Thai
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Parnell
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 9 November 2023 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit the food is amazing.
For entree we had the Elephant sausage which had a lovely kick to it. Enough pieces for two to share.
For main we had the sweet and sour pork which was excellent. The meat was so tender and the fruits in the sauce just gave it a lovely taste. We also tried duck pad Thai which was lovely. The duck gave it just a delicious touch. Both mains were enjoyed with the jasmine rice. Meals sizes were very large.
Dessert we shared the banana fritter again delicious.
Wine a little pricey but we shared a bottle of the Syrah from Hawke’s bay.
The restaurant is nearly deserving of a 5 but service was a little slow but don’t let that out you off.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Wayne Bevins, Owner at Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you

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Reviewed 6 October 2023 via mobile

We stumbled across this adorable restaurant by following the blue footprints. The food was amazing! It felt like you were receiving a big warm hug…comfort food with a kick. The Tom Kha soup is outstanding…the best I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this fabulous restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2023
Thank Libbynelson
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Wayne Bevins, Owner at Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Thank you Libby

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Reviewed 3 September 2023

Despite receiving an afternoon telephone call to validate our dinner booking we had to wait far too long for our table to become available. Apparently a group occupying our table got their date wrong but we couldn't work out why it was us that had to stand around for far too long.
As for the food only one of our group of six rated it above average.
A terribly disappointing experience all round.
Staff were very pleasant.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Thank Muzza1947
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Wayne Bevins, Owner at Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2023

Thank you for taking the time to write this review.

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Reviewed 8 July 2023 via mobile

Excellent food
Loved my prawn Pad Thai .
All our meals were delicious salmon and Duck
Had excellent service , nice warm restaurant

Date of visit: July 2023
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Wayne Bevins, Owner at Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2023

Thank you so much for your kind review

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Reviewed 28 November 2022

For our last visit to The Blue Elephant my title was "Return visit essential". This visit we were very surprised that there were only two FoH staff, and, though pleasant enough seemed overworked. The entree was barely adequate for the price with one piece of five items to share between two people, no knife to cut them in half. We then had to wait 30 minutes for our two mains which was not really acceptable as people who arrived after us were served within 10 minutes of arrival. Previously hot towels were offered to us at the end of the meal, not on this occasion. On a rainy night the walk up the cobbles to find the toilet is fraught with danger.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Wayne B, Owner at Blue Elephant Thai Restaurant Parnell, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2022

Thank you for your review. Staff issues have happened to us lately and unfortunately it can be hard to control. The hot towels have not been available for 3 years as the lady that provided them closed down so we are sorry about that as well. I'm not sure what entree for two you had - our normal entree for two has 2 of all our popular entrees. And yes the loilets are scattered around the village which operates under one licence. We do provide umbrellas in case it is raining. In summary I'm sorry your visit was so disappointing

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