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Royal Elephant – Thai Restaurant in Berlin

Royal Elephant Thai restaurant sign - BerlinStop The Presses!  Spicy Food Found In Berlin!  One of the most common complaints about food in Berlin amongst visitors and expats is a lack of spicy dishes.  ‘A good curry’, ‘good Mexican food’ and ‘spicy food’ have all featured high on ‘things I miss about home’ lists I have read.  So, when I discovered the Royal Elephant, a Thai restaurant on Oderberger Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg, almost on my doorstep, I was delighted.

The Royal Elephant lets you decide how spicy you would like your meal to be.  If you don’t put in a special request the meal will be served Mild but if you favour food with a bit of oomph you can also opt for Mittel Scharf or Thai Scharf.

When I had my first meal here, having experienced a poor curry and read about Berlin’s lack of spice, I opted for Thai Scharf and whilst the dish was still tasty I was left with tingling lips and a sheen on my forehead that meant part of me was glad to have finished.

I’ve learned my lesson and now opt for Mittel Scharf.  For my taste, it has enough spiciness to make the food interesting but not so much that it overpowers the flavour and leaves me feeling like I’ve spent 20 minutes in a Sauna or flown too close to the Sun.

My meal of choice is Bami Pad – a dish of noodles with cabbage, courgette (zucchini), onion, spring onion, carrot, bean sprouts, peppers, mushroom and egg.  As a committed meat eater I choose to add beef.  The other options are chicken, prawns, crispy duck, vegetables or vegetables and soya cheese.

Bami Pad at the Royal Elephant Thai restaurant - Berlin

The Royal Elephant has a very pleasant atmosphere, the staff are friendly and attentive and the food is of a consistent and good quality.  All of the above and the fact that I can almost see my flat from the restaurant mean that I have eaten there a number of times.

In warmer weather you can also take advantage of the outdoor seating at the Royal Elephant Thai Restaurant in Berlin, eat spicy Thai food and watch the world go by on Oderberger Strasse and nearby Kastanianallee as you eat.

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8 Responses to Royal Elephant – Thai Restaurant in Berlin

  1. James 16 May, 2012 at 12:37 #

    haha “flown too close to the Sun” – that’s what I’m looking out for!

  2. James 16 May, 2012 at 12:39 #

    PS thanks so much for this – anything remotely spicy in Berlin needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

    have you checked out this place yet?

    • andBerlin 16 May, 2012 at 13:28 #

      I still haven’t been to Sigiriya but it’s been on my to do list since I read your post. I walked past there the other day but I was on my way for Currywurst and couldn’t be diverted!

  3. fotoeins 21 May, 2012 at 17:55 #

    “Someone please take me here!” On second thought, I think I’ll just head here this fall for a try. 🙂 Thanks for your post and for the recommendation!

    • andBerlin 22 May, 2012 at 00:53 #

      What with this and your Currywurst mission your food options for your Berlin trip are filling up!

      • fotoeins 22 May, 2012 at 07:44 #

        There are “too many” choices in Berlin, but I don’t think that’ll stop anyone from trying. It’s definitely about the “journey”. 😉

  4. ebe 23 May, 2012 at 14:19 #

    I need to stop reading these reviews when I’m hungry! Added to my list of “must go in Berlin”

    • andBerlin 23 May, 2012 at 16:30 #

      Ha ha! Let me know what you think of it when you’ve been.

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