Thai Elephant - 21-09 31st St., Astoria, NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)
I came to Thai Elephant with some out-of-town friends who were eager to experience Astoria’s diverse cuisine. Having tried Wave Thai many times (and loving it), I wanted to see how Thai Elephant stacked up. Overall, my visit was positive but did not blow me away. The décor was interesting and I liked all the elephants, especially the elephant mask wall fixtures. The atmosphere was laid back, with unexpected background music—mostly 80’s and 90’s. Our appetizers (curry puffs) arrived in 10 short minutes. They were soft and while fresh tasting, a bit on the greasy side and definitely not as flavorful as the ones at Wave Thai. The spring rolls on the other hand were crunchy, savory and definitely addicting. As for my entrée, I ordered a classic beef dish, the Sweet and Sour. Unfortunately, the beef was overcooked and even had a strange mushy consistency. And the vegetables, although fresh, were too heavily drenched in sauce. But both of my friends were impressed—one ordered the ginger shrimp and the other got a tofu spicy vegetarian dish. I’ve heard from several Astorians that they enjoyed the take-out here and that it arrived fresh and still hot. Overall, I’d consider going to Thai Elephant again but only if Wave Thai was too crowded or if someone in my party had their heart set on it.