Tuesday, October 1, 2019

D'elephant, Chadstone by Bureaucrat

One of the good things about shopping centres is that they now have a range of better quality dining options - a very welcome change from the rather dreary food court fare of days gone by.  This time around, we found ourselves at Chadstone Shopping Centre and an opportunity for an early lunch saw us front up for a table at D'elephant.

I've eaten at D'elephant Thai Street at the Glen Shopping Centre which I really enjoyed.  However, from what I understand, this particular D'elephant at Chadstone is not located in the food court and is styled more like a restaurant - so, no buzzing electronic tokens heralding your order and table service is offered instead.  As Mother Hen and I were soon to find out, there are also slight changes in the menu offerings.

D'elephant, Chadstone, kao mhu grob
I was really hoping to order the grilled chicken with rice and soup dish that they have at D'elephant Thai Street Food.  Alas, this was one of those dishes that do not appear at the restaurant version of D'elephant.  I took this opportunity to try something new - Kao Mhu Grob.  This was a very rich and yummy crispy roast pork.  The pork was pretty good - most of the crackling was deliciously crunchy, although there were a few chewier/tougher bits.  The meat itself was tender and had a nice meat-to-fat ratio.  It came drizzled with an aromatic sauce and served with soup, rice, half a boiled egg, cucumber slices and steamed gai lan.  All of this was done very nicely.  There was a soy-chilli dipping sauce which we avoided as some of it splashed out and we found out unexpectedly that it packs fiery punch!

D'elephant, Chadstone, chicken pad thai
We also shared a chicken pad Thai.  While both dishes were very good, this was our favourite.  The lovely tangle of slippery noodles tossed in that wonderfully balanced salty-sweet-sour sauce.  There was quite a generous amount of chicken breast.  We also ordered a prawn pad Thai as a takeaway item (just as nice and with three or four moderately sized prawns).  Next time, I think I'll go for the vegetarian version.


We really liked it
We really liked it.
Mid value
Mid value.


A good place for a meal.  The quality is good but I do prefer the street food version at the Glen - mainly because it has a few more well-priced options which aren't available at the restaurant versions of D'elephant.

Find it 

Tenancy F018
Chadstone Shopping Centre
1341 Dandenong Road
Chadstone VIC 3148
Phone: (03) 9568 6600

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