At Elephant Jumps you are in charge of the heat that comes out of the kitchen. "Thai spicy or American spicy?" the owner, Songtham Pinyolaksana, asked during our first visit. With greedy grins, we went for "Thai spicy." He tried to talk us out of it, but we would hear none of it. What did we learn? Thai spicy isn't applied consistently across dishes. For the pad Thai, spicy means SPICY. As in nose running, eyes watering, ears burning, SPICY. And I'm no wimp when it comes to spice. However, at Elephant Jumps, I would recommend ordering the pad Thai American spicy as the heat in the Thai spicy version overshadowed the tamarind, peanuts---even the taste of the cilantro. On the other hand, the pad krapow pork was more sweet than spicy--too sweet for my taste. For this dish, I would request Thai spicy and give it a few extra squeezes of lime.
I never order dessert in a Thai restaurant, I must admit. The fried banana at Elephant Jumps makes me think I've missed out. Lightly fried and stuffed with sweet bananas, cheese, and then drizzled with dark chocolate, this dessert reminds me that bananas are an under recognized dessert ingredient in need of a publicist.