Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Smiling Elephant

Last night we finally made it to the Thai restaurant, The Smiling Elephant. We have wanted to try this restaurant for a very long. I don't know why we waited for so long because the food was amazing. The restaurant fills up fast and we were lucky to arrive when we did, otherwise we would be sitting outside in the humidity waiting for a table. The inside is VERY small. There are about 11 tables, if that, and you can view the kitchen through glass where the chefs are at woks cooking up a storm.

We started out with fresh vegetables and a peanut dipping sauce. These quickly blanched vegetables included zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, cabbage, and carrots. They were served with a peanut sauce that was both sweet and spicy. It was a great, refreshing appetizer to begin the meal.

At The Smiling Elephant they are known for their Pad Thai, so we of course had to try that. WOW! What a blend of flavors! The noodles were thick and cooked to perfection and provided a great base for the warm peanut sauce, chicken, and vegetables. This Pad Thai was unlike any other that I have had before. There was something very fresh about it while being comforting and homey as well. Great flavors!

In addition we had the curry of the day which was  Panang, with chicken. The flavors of coconut milk and lemongrass were melded into this curry. The flavors were so bright and blended perfectly together.

I would highly recommend this restaurant and we can't wait to go back and try even more of their extensive menu.

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