Thai Elephant captures the magic of the Land of Smiles through authentic cuisine. And smile is exactly what you’ll do after a meal in Owner Pok Lafargue’s homey Santa Rosa Beach restaurant. Shareable portion sizes make dining with friends and family all the more fun, and it’s a real treat to test taste a little bit of everything at the table.
Handheld appetizers are a treat for the senses at Thai Elephant. Crisp Fresh Rolls are light and perfect for a hot summer day at the beach. And Tea Rose Dumplings, ground pork marinated with water chestnuts and wrapped in wonton skin, disappear quickly.
Tom Kha Gai, warm chicken coconut soup, is a delicious cure for all that ails you. And Thai Beef Salad is a spicy go-to that cools as it burns. Vegetarian options, rice and noodle dishes, an entire section devoted to curries, and traditional stir fry combinations round out the menu. But if you’re looking for a culinary adventure, you may want to try something a little out of the norm.
Entrees like Pad See-Ew are a crowd favorite. As are Chef’s Specials that give a nod to influences near and far. For a taste of surf, Snapper Lad Prik comes on a bed of Thai style fried rice and is served with fried shrimp. A unique take on rich flavor comes in the form of Roasted Duck with red curry, peppers, bamboo and Thai basil.
Sweet rice and mango makes for a delightful after dinner treat. And Thai Elephant serves traditional beverages to complete your experience, like Singha beer and sweet and creamy Thai Iced Tea.
Thai Elephant is located in Santa Rosa Beach in Plaza 98 near the Post Office. The restaurant is open daily and has one of the best lunch specials in SoWal ($8.95!), dinner and take-out. Enjoy old time home cooking in the dining room or call ahead for take-out at 850-660-6711. See the menu online at www.thaielephantsrb.com, and read reviews and more on Facebook.