Smiling Elephant, Nashville

October 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was recently directed to The Smiling Elephant for some of the best Thai food in town and am so, so in love with this food that I can see myself returning again and again (if only they delivered!). When you walk through the door, there is a giant gong to the right that you are instructed to bang if you enjoyed your meal. Surrounding that are photos of the some of the famous faces that grace this place (Ben Folds, Nicole Kidman, etc). Even more thrilling are the smells that waft through and get your stomach growling. If you step in further you’ll see men working on giant woks and realize where the smells are coming from.

Thai Iced Tea

Lemongrass soup. I will need to find a similar recipe to recreate at home, this broth could cure the flu.


Smiling Elephant Pad Thai- Stir-fried green bean noodles with tofu, eggs, bean sprouts, ground peanuts and chicken

I wish I could remember the name of this. It was a new dish that had pork, tomatoes, eggplant and basil. Sort of like a delicious Thai Sloppy Joe over rice

I’ll admit the dessert was a little unusual. Banana in a rice cover cooked in banana leaves. Somewhat chewy in texture but sweet, it was interesting though not something I would need every time. I’d rather fill up on the dishes above.

“Like the food? Let the Cooks Know! DON’T BE SHY! HIT THE GONG!”                                          “We know we like you!”










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