Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Falls Church: Elephant Jumps

A group of friends and I have started a monthly girls night where it’s just us gals going out to eat and chatting about life and love and other fun things. Last month we went to Kapnos Taverna for Restaurant Week in Arlington and it was delicious – I highly recommend. We all shared food and I knew these girls were worth keeping around (note – if you do not let me take a bite of your food, I will still probably be your friend).

This month’s restaurant choice was Elephant Jumps in Falls Church (Merrifield) and it was another winner in our books.
Jessie ordered the Thai Spicy Shrimp Soup $5 (which we all sampled a spoonful of) It was sweet, sour, and spicy with perfectly cooked mushrooms and shrimp. We also ordered the Thai Spring Rolls $4 which were fried without being oily and served with a delicious sweet chili sauce. 
Erin and I split the Pineapple Fried Rice $11 pineapple, green pea, onion, carrot, egg, curry powder, cashew nut, cilantro + chicken and the Fried Tilapia with Mango Salad $15 (a popular mention on yelp) fried tilapia served with green mango sauce, red onion, chili, lime. Pineapple Fried Rice is really a best of both worlds dish– sweet and savory. It was aromatic and had a mild curry flavor to it with a splash of sweet from the pineapple. The breading on the tilapia was fried to perfection and had a good flavor to it. Tilapia is a mild fish and the combo of the breading and mango salad adding a crunchy yet fresh, cool, spicy and acidic contrast when paired together.  

Kir ordered the Chicken Aroma Coconut Rice $15 grilled marinated chicken, coconut rice, thai sweet chili sauce, side of papaya salad. This chicken was marinated and cooked perfectly, with a slight and welcome hint of coconut flavor. While Jessie enjoyed the flavor of her Chicken and Peanut Sauce $11, the sauce was more of a soup and the chicken and veggies were not her favorite. 
Prices and service and were great - they were extremely patient with us. After we paid for our bill we hung around and talked for probably an hour and they had no outward feelings of annoyance or trying to move us along (it was not full or we would have definitely moved along and chatted somewhere else). The food was really good, and everything we ordered is highly recommended except for the chicken in peanut sauce. 

Would I come back? Yes, I would love to try more of their dishes, especially the SEN YAI PAD SEE EW MOO MUG (an original/more authentic version of my fav pad see ew)!!! 

8110 A Falls Church Blvd
Falls Church, VA
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