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Published April 9th 2017
No fat elephants were harmed in the making of this dinner
It's Friday night, and when you work in the city but live in the outer suburbs, it can be fun to stop and enjoy the after-work vibe of Brisbane before commuting home. Last week we decided to do just that at a Thai restaurant called Phat Elephant, and what a good decision!
Located above Post Office Square, Phat Elephant opened in 2016 and is already popular, judging by the crowd last Friday night. And deservedly so: the service was quick, smiling and helpful, as Thai restaurant staff usually are, and the food was just great. Getting prompt attention from the waitstaff was easy, even during busy patches, thanks to the rather cute little electronic call button gadget fixed to each table.
Your friendly staff are just a ding away
The Phat Elephant menu contains a photo of every dish, which made choosing even easier! My husband has some dietary needs to accommodate, but it was no problem at all – our waitress worked hard to find suitable dishes, checking with the chefs to make sure of options.
We shared chicken satay sticks as an entrée ($12), followed by Crispy Pork and Sweet Basil with Rice ($14.90) and Calamari with Crispy Garlic and Black Pepper ($20.90), although we had to skip the garlic part. The calamari was tender, and plentiful too, and the pork was simply amazing! Everything was beautifully presented, in true Thai style.
We thought the prices were quite reasonable for a city venue, and if you have an Entertainment Book this year, Phat Elephant are now among the offers. Even more incentive to give the restaurant a try!
If the crazy buzz of the main city area isn't your thing, Phat Elephant will suit you better than the mall area. Being on the grassy Queen Street level above Post Office Square, the restaurant is away from the Friday night frenzy without being hidden in a dingy alley. You can still enjoy people-watching from the windows above Adelaide Street or the outdoor tables by the walkway to Central station. And once you're done, it's a two-minute toddle to the train or bus home. Perfect!
You can book a table through the Phat Elephant website and even place orders via Deliveroo. The restaurant also offer catering for functions.