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Review: Patara Fine Thai Cuisine?

Saturday 02 August 2014

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Oh boy was it fine! Bang in the centre of buzzing Soho, Patara is situated on trendy cobbled Greek Street, (there are several other ones around London.) As soon as it hits 6 o’clock and the uber cool media types pour out of their offices, this neck of the woods really comes alive…

Desperate to seek shade after travelling on the sweltering tube on one of the hottest days of the year,  Patara was coolness personified – a refreshing lemony scent enveloped us as soon as we entered and dim, cosy lighting provided an oasis of calm. So far so good! Next we were greeted by possibly the politest waiting staff on the planet (or at least this postcode) and after confirming we’d booked though CityHawk we were escorted past the trendy lit up bar to our table. We ordered cocktails immediately (obviously) and both went for ‘Bobble Flowers’ (£8.75), a mixture of fresh ginger, germaine flower liquor, fresh lime, topped off with a splash of champagne. We were spoilt for choice as there were oodles of other champagne based cocktails, martinis, and fruit coolers all priced between £7 – £9.

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Flicking through the brown leather bound menu, while we pondered our choices, our waitress provided delicious thai crackers and traditional chilli dipping sauce. We considered the Chef’s Recommendations and devoured with our eyes the full range of appetizers, main dishes, and side dishes. After contemplating the fish, meat and vegetarian dishes we plumped for the trio of thai bites  ‘Kong Nueng Ruan’  (assorted steamed dumplings with prawn, chicken and pork filling – £6.95.)which were pretty as a picture! The purple mousse shaped flower filled with sticky satay chicken, crispy pork wonton oozing juice and a fresh cucumber dumpling parcel tasted as good as they looked. Quickly devoured, our glasses drained too, we thought, ‘what the heck ‘and ordered two more, opting for the ultra refreshing ‘Passion Coolers’ (7.25),

We then decided on mains of meat and fish to experience as many flavours as possible. We went for one of the chef’s recommendation of ‘Lobster Pad Kiew Wan’ (rock lobster tail sautéed in basil green curry sauce – 23.95) –  particularly impressive complete with the entire bright orange shell decorated with tropical fruits, draped in a fragrant creamy thai green sauce topped with basil, absolutely yummy. The ‘Nua Prig thai dum’ (thinly sliced tender beef fillet sautéed in crack black pepper sauce with shitake mushrooms and broccoli – 19.95) was also delicious and perfectly cooked, accompanied by sticky Rice (a Thai must have in our opinion – £2.95)

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The waiting staff were attentive throughout, but not oppressively so, and quickly cleared our polished off main plates in readiness for dessert, always the most exciting part for my twin Alice. We decided on a pudding to share with two spoons – Alice choose the creamy coconut ice cream with passion fruit coolly and sticky prunes – an excellent choice but there was an equally mouth-watering array of other exotic flavoured ice creams, warm tarts, chocolate puddings and traditional rice puddings.

Feeling full and very happy, we left agreeing that Patara is the kind of place you go to where once you’ve finished your meal, the experience is so heavenly you want to experience it all over again. We certainly plan to be visiting again very soon!

We used CityHawk app to find Patara, honestly THE best app for last minute restaurant bookings…

Words: Heidi and Alice Bland