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“It is not as good as it used to be”
Review of Blue Elephant

Blue Elephant
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Ranked #1,372 of 17,420 Restaurants in Paris
Price range: US$29 - US$117
Cuisines: Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Bastille / Oberkampf
Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“It is not as good as it used to be”
Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Sorry to say this restaurant does not live up to its reputation anymore. The mixed entrée platter was ok. The salmon tartar good. But the duck dishes were a disappointment. They should stick to the classic thai dishes. I am truly disappointed. Been here several times during many years.

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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Special Evening Turned Sour”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

We took some friends in Paris to the Blue Elephant as a treat to them for being so kind to us. They have eaten here previously. Since we asked them to choose the restaurant they would enjoy, they chose this one.

The restaurant was very crowded. However, we were seated promptly and given menus promptly. We were served an amuse-bouche, which was quite tasty. It was a hopeful beginning of what was anticipated to be an excellent meal.

Although we tried to attract the eye of the head waiter, he did not take our order until about 1 hour and 15 minutes after we were seated. Two diners had wine, which was brought promptly, but the carafe of water requested was brought at least 20 minutes later after asking a waiter for another table. The appetizers arrived shortly after the wine but a long time prior to the water. The main courses arrived at least 45 minutes (perhaps an hour) after we had placed our order.

We were served our rice, followed shortly with three of the main dishes, which we were not planning to share. One diner's main dish did not arrive at the table. Only after the rice was cold and we asked a wait person of another table and canceled the order did it arrive - granted with apologies, the offer to comp that dish, and complimentary coffee and tea after dinner.

This may have been a bad night for them, but this was not what any of us expected regarding service.

By the way, the food was quite good, but the poor service over-shadowed that aspect of the meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Paris
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“good”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

good food. Interesting flavours. We took the degustation menu. It was fun to try all different types of dishes. Although we were not able to finish!

  • Visited May 2014
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Paris, France
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“this place is probably overrated, we left with pure disappointment”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

we came with a high expectation since the place was highly recommended by many friends, some even said it was the best thai restaurant in paris. however, the food is really just average; in my opinion, it's not authentic at all. something's missing with papaya salad, the taste wasn't just right; beef curry was overcooked; beef salad was so so...the service was slow- probably cus it was Friday evening. price-wise i personally think is a rip-off. we won't be coming back again.

  • Visited May 2014
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Dusseldorf, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Authentic Thai Food”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Authentic atmosphere. Great food and service. Would definitely recommend going for the set menu for 2, or choosing a selection of starters with one or two main dishes

Visited May 2014
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