D’Elephant Thai, Chadstone, Melbourne
It’s shopping centre Thai cuisine at D’Elephant Thai in Chadstone. But don’t let that put you off, it definitely holds up to Melbourne standards and that statement goes for most of the dining at Chadstone.
Fit to be Thai
When it comes to the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere, you’re drowning in a sea of fair dining opportunities. From the two food courts inside, to the countless snack kiosks, cafes, grocery marts and the more proper dining district. D’Elephant Thai sits in the latter, and it’s styled as an accessible, casual eatery.
My friend Jo and I headed in – and not going to lie – we just wanted to eat some pork belly in us. We ordered two dishes to share. The Pad Khana, with the pork belly, which is mostly stir-fried Chinese broccoli. Oddly, the menu screams in caps that the pork belly isn’t meant to be crispy in this dish. This makes me feel like they have had some interesting customer experiences. (People love some crispy crackling and that definitely includes me).
The food is rad
The Rad na is also a non-crispy dish, because it’s duh, noodles with gravy. That comes in at around the $15 mark which is pretty decent value for money. Both dishes were fast and tasty, so I’m content with my experience at D’Elephant. I found there was a good level of meat in the stir fry, and the Rad na had that lovely savoury gravy with a hill of freshly fried noodles underneath. Again, with a fair amount of meat/ seafood.
D’elephant offer a cool range of many Thai dishes (a little less potent to what I’m used) but it makes it a safe option for groups.
I didn’t end up having any dessert/ sweet stuff at D’elephant, but the Thai milk teas looked pretty yum. It was getting a bit late for the mall and most of the stores had closed. We didn’t want to overstay our welcome. So we were off to find our transport in the carpark; that’s super easy when there’s no other cars, and then get home.