The beautifully elegant and sophisticated Patara Fine Dining Thai Restaurant is located in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok near to Thonglor BTS station. A complimentary Tuk Tuk service is available to whisk you from the station to this extraordinarily beautiful fine dining experience.
Our first impressions were how stunning the oriental gardens were and how inviting the building was with its subtle lighting, elegant furniture and beautiful floral decorations. Upon entering the restaurant we were struck by how intimate and soothing the atmosphere was and the warm welcome by the staff gave the impression that you were really cared for. For a taste of what was in store for us we were offered a huge choice of cocktails. They all sounded so nice and exotic that we finally took the waiter`s recommendation and went for a Cocktail Patara and a Grand Mimosa. These were superb and a great start to our evening. As an initial appetiser we were presented with prawn crackers with peanut sauce whilst we surveyed the vast exciting menu. Our most difficult problem was choosing from the extensive and mouth watering menu. After much deliberation we both went for the Assortment of Patara`s Delicacies as our first course. This course was simply a work of art. It comprised artistic-looking dim sum, prawns in a papaya sauce, chicken sate, meat cooked and wrapped in beetle nut leaves and fried soft crab on a bed of spicy pasta. The dish looked like a creative sculpture, a work of art that was almost too good to eat – but it was divine!
For our main course I opted for a char grilled beef sirloin steak in spicy brandy sauce served with sticky rice whilst my guest chose baby lamb shank in red panang sauce. The steak was tender, delicious, beautifully crafted and the sauce subtly enhanced the flavour of the steak.
My guest`s lamb was elegant and arrived with a plentiful amount of creamy sauce delicately spiced and balanced so as not to overpower the flavour of the meat.
The whole eating experience was enhanced with a surprisingly excellent bottle of Monsoon Valley Thai Shiraz which was very drinkable and a rich, creamy, fruity, medium bodied bottle of wine. We would say that the two main courses were outstanding, beautifully presented and of a standard that you would expect from a top class restaurant. Feeling fit to burst, we momentarily thought that we might skip desert. However one glance at the menu proved too tempting and we succumbed to dark chocolate pudding with Haagen Dazs ice-cream and caramelised baby bananas in coconut cream and sesame. These were a cacophony of flavours that were both refreshing and wicked, and were a wonderful contrast of warm and cold.
We understand that the restaurant is developing it`s corporate clientele to include outside and event catering. We believe that this would be extremely successful as Patara is dedicated to ensuring quality and they have a passion selecting the finest ingredients, inspired by the changing of the seasons. It shows in the freshness of their recipes and the loving presentation of each and every dish.
We found Patara to be very relaxed and totally hassle free. This was an outstanding dining experience with a delightful fusion of western and Thai influences. This was fine dining at it`s very best and it is not hard to understand why this chef and restaurant has won so many awards.
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