The discovery of a new, outstanding venue to savour exquisite traditional Thai cuisine and admire the history and culture of Phuket in a setting of unsurpassed ambiance is not-to-be-missed. Top it off with the fact that the chef responsible for the food and owner of the restaurant is none other than Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, founder of the Blue Elephant group, and your table is set for a fine gourmet evening.
The Blue Elephant Governor Mansion Phuket Cooking School & Restaurant is the 13th restaurant in the Blue Elephant Group. Set In a landmark elegant Sino-Portuguese mansion, built in 1903, that was once the Governor of Phuket´s home, a meal offers not only dishes created by a HAPA (Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2008-2010) for `One of the Most Creative Chefs in Asia´ winner, but an insight into the architecture and décor of the times.
The heart of a fine dining experience is elaborate dishes elegantly displayed and subtly, exquisitely spiced. The Royal Thai Banquet includes an array of starters, soups, main courses and desserts, which range in degrees of spiciness and represent an innovative approach to Thai cooking with a spectrum of recipes from the past and present with a look to the future.
Starters include Chor Muang, a steamed flower shaped dumpling, Doi Kham Salad, purple eggplant salad with grilled scallops, Labb Salmon, a salmon tartar and Black Chicken Crispy Spring Rolls. Enticing soups include a choice of Tom Kha Kai Black Chicken, a soup of coconut milk and galangal and Tom Klong Wild Red Sea Bass, a spicy and sour soup.
Main courses, a variety of seafood and meats, are tantalizing. Nooror´s Massaman Lamb, a coconut milk curry with potatoes, peanuts and cashew nuts, is described in a 19th century poem by King Rama II. Then there´s Duck with Tamarind Sauce, Black Chicken Green Curry, Phad Sator Koong, prawns with parkia in shrimp paste and Bamboo Fish, Parrot fish cooked in a bamboo case.
Exceptional. Professional. Outstanding hospitality. Top-notch service. These elements, brought together in historic surroundings, ensure the Blue Elephant is a not-to-be-missed dining experience on any discerning diner´s list.