Nine Elephants Thai Restaurant
Simple, Delicious, and Authentic
With Melbourne’s diverse population and culture, it was only matter of time before Thai cuisine became a staple on most Melbournians’ minds. While these restaurants provide great, delicious food, we felt that the true play of flavours that represent Thai cuisine was not very apparent.
Nine Elephants was started with the concept of bringing authentic, high-quality Thai cuisine into Melbourne. We have kept our menu as authentic as possible and have introduced traditional dishes common in Thailand but not very common yet elsewhere.
Our vision is shared with you as we faithfully prepare all curry pastes and sauces ourselves.
Why “Nine Elephants”?
The significance comes from the number nine in Thai , which is famous for resembling an elephants. Elephants have always been a significant part of Thailand history and it continues to be the symbol of Thailand today. In the past, ancient king of Siam used elephants as vehicles in battle and the greater number of elephants a king had reflected on his standing. The current king of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, owns ten white elephants, and this is considered a great achievement.
Number nine is also significant to Thai people because our King Bhumibol Adulyadej is also known as King Rama IX, who is the longest serving monarch in the world. Thai people also believe that number nine is a lucky number as the word nine in Thai is “gao”, which also means step. And the word “gao-na” means to progress or step forward, therefore having number nine in front of something is symbolic of stepping forward – Nine Elephants.