By Shahida Sakeri on April 4, 2017
On a recent trip to Chiangmai, Thailand, a wise man once told me: “When you’re feeling hungry, eat Thai food.” Thai food not only fills up really well, but also has rich aromas and flavours that heighten our senses and increase the sensitivity of our taste buds, making the entire dining experience more gratifying.
So on one fine afternoon, I purposefully headed to myELEPHANT, one of the best Thai restaurants in Kuala Lumpur for the past 10 years that shows no sign of waning. The owners had previously run another Thai restaurant called Dodee in Kuala Lumpur city centre; however, when they decided to move the business to Petaling Jaya, the restaurant was injected a fresh look and given a new name, hence, myELEPHANT was born. Today, MyELEPHANT is recognised as a first-rate establishment that promises satisfaction. It even bagged the title ‘Best Thai Restaurant’ multiple times during the Time Out KL Food Awards 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Now myELEPHANT has six outlets altogether – three company-owned and three franchised – with the chef originally hailed from Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. As the business expands, so does the number of the culinary team. I went to the main outlet at Petaling Jaya’s Section 17, to begin MyELEPHANT journey…
MyELEPHANT’s main outlet unassumingly nestles at the ground level of Happy Mansion. As I stepped inside, I find myself admiring the restaurant’s soothing palette of grey, plain white and blue with stark white furniture. There are also large full height windows to ensure plenty of natural light.
Besides its welcoming atmosphere, MyELEPHANT’s food is amazing too, with most dishes deliver that signature flavour integral to authentic Thai cuisine. I suggest that travellers start their meals here by ordering the Thai Pomelo Salad (RM26.50) as the starter that brims with irresistible flavours comprising fresh prawns with scallions, peanuts, toasted coconut shreds, coriander, onions, chillies and a pile of juicy pomelo.
Travellers should then move on to myELEPHANT’s first signature dish: Chicken Green Curry (RM26.50) Though this dish can also be found at almost every other Thai restaurant, myELEPHANT’s version consists of remarkably tender chicken and fresh vegetables cooked in creamy yet spicy and incredibly tasty gravy. For those who prefer it milder, they may opt for the Deep-fried Chicken Strips (RM21.90) that are fried to perfection with kaffir lime leaves, garlic and crushed Thai peppercorn.
Tom yum (RM10.60 per serving), a hot and sour soup, is another familiar sight, but the seafood portion is more generous than usual, with spicy galangal, lemongrass and herbs adding a punch to the deeply satisfying aromatic broth. Diners who prefer to luxuriate at a higher psychedelic level of fieriness may request for the soup to be made spicier.
My dining adventure continues with the Salt-baked Whole Seabass (RM65.72) with myELEPHANT’s trademark signature green chilli sauce, a reason strong enough for the public to make a beeline to the restaurant. The seabass in its entirety is coated in generous amount of salt that is baked and skinned to keep it beautifully moist while maintaining layers of flavours that explode in the mouth.
All entrees on the menu pair well with any of the beverages on the menu, but if I were to suggest, go for the refreshing Pandan Cooler (RM3.71) or Green Aroma (RM8.48). Desserts like Red Ruby (RM6.89) and Mango with Glutinous Rice are laudable too. I could go on sharing my wonderful experience, but then I must say that none of my writing could ever compare to personally tasting the dishes yourself at myELEPHANT – why don’t you drop everything and head to myELEPHANT straight away?
The restaurant opens everyday for lunch at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and dinner at 6:00 p.m. until 10 p.m.