The Elephant Walk

Perfect from start-to-finish, my first experience at The Elephant Walk on Beacon Street in Boston was one that we delayed for far too long. I don’t know why had never eaten there before, but the Altos Las Hormigas wine tasting that was held there earlier in the evening was an ideal excuse for dinner for two.

My husband met me at the restaurant, and we were quickly taken to a table overlooking Beacon Street. The dining room by the front windows was mostly full, but the tables are spaced far enough apart that the conversations of others aren’t intermingling with your own.

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The Elephant Walk Brookline

Continuing with my love for cocktails that incorporate ginger, I ordered the perfect Lemon Ginger Martini. Cold, tart, with a hit of ginger spice, this cocktail was refreshing and also really delightful with all of the flavorful food we ordered.

Ginger Lemon Martini

The extensive menu at The Elephant Walk features Cambodian and French cuisine and offers many vegan and gluten-free options, making it an ideal place for groups with mixed eating styles. We had a really hard time deciding on what to order, even though we had checked out the menu online at home. There are still so many things on The Elephant Walk menu that I want to try.

I was pretty hungry, so we decided on four appetizers and an entrée to share.

Rouleaux (We had the vegan version.)
Cambodian spring rolls filled with pork, peanut, noodles, carrot and onion; served with greens and herbs for wrapping and tuk trey for dipping

These were crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and perfect for nestling inside a bit of lettuce with crunchy sprouts and the slightly salty dipping sauce. Yum.

Rouleaux

Avocat Kanthor
A timbale of diced raw tuna, avocado, lemongrass, shallot and “French” mint; tossed in a dressing of Asian spices and peanuts; with baby greens

This was pure tuna tartare bliss with so many flavors and textures going on. I am crazy about a well-made tuna tartare, and this was it. The tuna was so fresh and balanced perfectly with the avocado, and was seated atop a ripe tomato disk. The dressing was out of this world, and we ate every single bit of the greens that accompanied it.

Avocat Kanthor

The lighting was not great for photos, and since I was in date mode, decided to put the camera away. We also ordered the following:

Nataing
Ground pork simmered in coconut milk with sliced garlic, peanuts and chili pods; served with crispy rice

I don’t eat a lot of pork, but the Nataing sounded interesting. It was incredible. Poured over beds of crunchy rice, it was creamy and coconutty.

Salade Cambodgienne
Shredded cabbage, carrot and chicken with red bell pepper, onion, crushed peanut, mint, Asian basil and tuk trey

The salad provided a crunchy, light contrast to the Nataing and would be a dish that I would order every time for its freshness and added nutrition to the meal.

Amok Royal
A Cambodian signature dish – a spicy, steamed, custard-like preparation of fresh crab, shellfish and Asian grouper with coconut milk and complex Khmer seasonings and garnished with cilantro and red bell pepper

The Amok Royal was my least favorite, and I probably would not order it again. It had a slightly fishy taste, and some of the seasonings were slightly overpowering in an almost floral way. This was the entrée portion, and by the time it arrived, I was pretty full, so I let the hubby dig in.

Our server was fantastic, swooping in and out, somehow noticing that our drinks were empty even though our glasses were hidden from view by a candle and salt/pepper shakers. She was friendly, helpful, and provided the perfect level of service.

As you can tell, we were incredibly pleased with The Elephant Walk. I had some high expectations based on the ambitious menu, and I was delighted that it lived up to those expectations. The Elephant Walk gets five stars in my book, and I can not wait to return for dinner and to try their brunch. They also offer cooking classes which I would love to check out this year.

Have you ever been to The Elephant Walk or eaten somewhere with cuisine from several different cultures?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    I have a Groupon for the Elephant Walk in Cambridge that I have yet to use! And let me know if you find any interesting cooking classes – you know I’d love to join!

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  2. Betsy’s avatar

    I went to the Elephant Walk in the fall. I liked it but I felt like we paid SO much money for food that was the exact same in Cambodia, except dirt cheap there!! Most of my issues with the place were because we were basically ignored by our server :-(

    Glad you had a nice experience there!! It is a place I would like to try again..

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  3. Raija’s avatar

    Yum! This makes me want to go!!

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  4. Megan’s avatar

    Sounds like you had a great dinner. I went to the one in Cambridge awhile ago and ordered from the French side of the menu. I had a fish dish that I really loved.

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  5. Blog is the New Black’s avatar

    I’ve never tried cambodian food. You’re def making me want to try!

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  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Haha, I like your date mode decision. There’s another EW location in Waltham and I passed it all the time in college. I’ve never eaten in the restaurant but did have some takeout from there once. I had a rice noodle dish with veggies and wide strips of egg. It was lovely. I definitely want to go there sometime.

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  7. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I’ve eaten there a few times. I usually order a noodle dish. Never had a bad experience there.

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  8. Daisy’s avatar

    I adore the little elephants on the menu. something about that huge creature is so admirable and charming. The martini sounds phenomenal. the fusion is so unique. I’d be into all these types of dishes!

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  9. Abby’s avatar

    Last night my husband and I went out to eat to this place called “The Sharp Edge” and I was noticing a lot of elephant paintings and decorations. So weird because there’s nothing about elephants in the name… and even more weird because of this post.

    But we just got panini’s. Looks like your elephant restauarant is a lot more original!!

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  10. Kelly’s avatar

    I’ve been meaning to try the Elephant Walk in Cambridge, which I assume is the same place? Good to hear you gave it 5 stars!

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  11. Shannon’s avatar

    i’ve heard mixed things about this place, but hadn ‘t made it myself… now i’ll have to watch for another opportunity to give it a try :)

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  12. alicia’s avatar

    I’ve never been to Elephant Walk – but last time I was in SF we had dinner at a Cambodian restaurant and I was blown away.

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  13. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

    I’ve been to the Elephant walk twice and was disappointed both times. Sounds like you had a much better experience… I feel like everyone loves it but I just find it over-hyped. I’m so high maintenance, lol. ;)

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