A couple of weeks back I had a catch up with my lovely University housemate at Patara (website here) in Knightsbridge, London. We opted for its lunch menu which offered 2 courses for around £13, which was fantastic value for money given that main courses are priced at £15 and over and portions were decent.
To start I ordered Phed Nam Peung, honey marinated duck breast pieces, wrapped in Pandan leaf and fried. At first I thought it would be rather heavy because of the ‘frying’ aspect, however the duck was cooked just right and not oily at all. Although I would only recommend ordering this if you are particularly hungry at the time.
Pictured below with my starter is also the tofu salad ordered by my friend.
For mains I chose the Gang Kari which was a yellow coconut curry with New Zealand lamb, new potatoes and onions. In terms of flavour the curry was amazing, although if I was to be picky I would probably make it a little hotter. Lamb was not overcooked either. I just wished there was more of it!
Atmosphere: despite visiting on a weekday and just after the usual lunch rush, there was a fair amount of tables occupied and definitely made it less awkward, as the waiters/waitresses liked to stand and watch you from afar. Nevertheless it was comfortable to sit in and the decor was typical of high-end dining.
Service: all staff were all extremely friendly, the older gentlemen who served us was particularly warm and welcoming with lots of smiles and interest in conversing with the customers.
Food: excellent flavours, although probably more on the light side compared with the Thai food I have had Asia.
Price: the lunch offer was amazing value for money, the jasmine tea was also reasonably priced. Although I’m not sure if I personally would pay for the evening prices myself.
I would definitely like to go back and try some other dishes and the location is nice and away from the hustle/ tourist-crowded surroundings of Harrods. Have you been to Patara before? What did you think?