Note: All food and beverages were complimentary, but all opinions are based on my personal experience. Dishes pictured unfortunately have a yellow tint due to a misuse of a camera setting and therefore are not a true representation of the colours of the dishes.
Pink Elephant Thai is celebrating their 5th anniversary and the Alberni location is offering a special menu for a limited time. The anniversary menu allows diners to choose 5 items for $55. To be specific, that’s 2 appetizers and 3 entrees from their select menu. I would say this is perfect for 3 people or 2 if you’re really hungry.
I was invited by Grace along with other food bloggers to check out this anniversary menu specifically. It was actually my first time at Pink Elephant Thai and I was impressed by the ambiance! Those pink cushioned sofas are perfect for a girls night out!
We started off with some virgin drinks, including this citrus tropical drink (which I forgot the name of). Fruity and refreshing, and would’ve been perfect with a shot of alcohol!
The other drink we were served was the Pink Colada which is their take on a pina colada but flavoured more strongly with cherry. This wasn’t my personal favourite since I don’t like cherry flavoured drinks.
Onto the appetizers! The menu has 10 appetizers to choose from so I can imagine choosing just two to be very hard. Luckily, we got to try all of them! Starting off was the Spring Rolls, which I found subpar. I didn’t like the wrapper and found it too chewy. The filling also lacked flavour.
I loved the marinade of the Chicken Satays which featured Thai spices and a hint of coconut milk. The satay sauce was also delicious but I found the chicken to be slightly on the drier side.
The Fish Cakes are home-made with Thai spices and are perfect for those who love spice! I really enjoyed these and liked how it wasn’t mushy.
Thai Shrimp Cake
A personal favourite was the Thai Shrimp Cake which came with a sweet and sour plum sauce. As Sherman would say, the shrimp was “boing” or “bouncy”. You know that texture where this is some bite to it? Yeah, hard to describe, but let’s just say these were delicious!
Thai Style Pork Cheek
Another winner at the table was the Thai Style Pork Cheek which was marinated with Thai herbs and spices and grilled to perfection. This was not tough at all and again had the perfect chew. Highly recommend this!
The Crispy Tofu showcased soft and silky tofu lightly battered and deep fried. As tofu does not have much flavour, you really needed the accompanying sweet chili sauce to go with it.
Som Yum Papaya Salad
The Som Yum Papaya Salad featured green papaya strips seasoned with fresh lime juice and Thai spices. I found this slightly too sour for my liking.
The Larb Gai was really spicy but I really enjoyed it. This dish consisted of minced chicken mixed with fresh lime juice, roasted rice, and Thai spices.
Yum Neau is a Thai Style Beef Salad. Pink Elephant Thai used sliced grilled New York beef and mixed it with fresh lime juice and Thai chili. This is again a very spicy and acidic dish, but I wish the beef was more tender. I found it slightly dry.
Tom Yum Gai
The last appetizer was the Tom Yum Gai. This is the perfect appetizer since the spicy and sour flavours open up your appetite. The hot and sour soup consisted of chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass and Thai spices. Only downside of this dish is the chicken being too dry once again.
Red Curry, Yellow Curry, Green Curry
Onto the entrees. Your entrees also come with two bowls of rice because you pretty much need rice to go with the spicy Thai food! First up were three curries: red, yellow, and green. They were all strong in coconut flavours but my favourite was the yellow curry as it was more aromatic.
Thai Basil Stir-Fried
Sautéed with Thai chili, bell peppers, green beans and fresh basil, the Thai Basil Stir-Fried was a great dish to go with rice.
Thai Black Bean Sauce
The Chicken Thai Black Bean Sauce was sautéed with Thai black bean sauce, ginger, fresh pineapple and snap peas. Again, the chicken was slightly on the dry side.
Cashew Nut Stir Fried
I actually found the Chicken Cashew Nut Stir Fried to taste similar to the Thai Black Bean Sauce. I guess they have similar ingredients and spices at the end of the day. I really like cashews in dishes though!
Stir-fried rice noodles with tamarind sauce, tofu, ground peanuts, egg, green onions and bean sprouts
Pad Kee Mao
The Pad Kee Mao is more commonly known as Drunken Noodles. These rice noodles were stir fried with Thai chili, bell peppers, onions, green beans and fresh basil. Again, I found the flavours to be quite similar to the other entrees.
Chili Pepper Fried Rice
I really liked the Chili Pepper Fried Rice with chili, egg and diced vegetables. This was very spicy, but almost addictive! If you can’t take too much spice, I would suggest letting your server know.
Mixed Seasonal Vegetables
The last entree was the Mixed Seasonal Vegetables which looked underwhelming but tasted delicious soaked in oyster sauce.
Overall, Pink Elephant Thai’s anniversary menu is a pretty good deal to try a variety of their popular dishes. I found I enjoyed their appetizers the most as I found there was more variety in the flavours whereas many of the entrees tasted simliar. I would suggest getting one curry and one noodle or rice dish to get the most variety.