Harden's survey result
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“An excellent Thai chain”, which “reinvents itself from time to time”. “Service is amazing, and with a smile”, the “always buzzing” branches are very civilised, and “the food is of a consistently high quality”.
“Delicate” cooking, “unobtrusive” service and “subtle” décor combine to make this popular and rather superior Thai chain “an all-round good effort”.
“Charming” service, “beautiful” decor and a wide choice of “refined” dishes win enduring popularity for this “old-favourite” Thai chain; “after so many years, there’s nothing new on the menu” however, and sceptics find standards “nothing special” nowadays.
“Authentic Thai food, elegantly presented in a calm and pleasant atmosphere” – that’s the deal that’s long made a big hit of this “reliable” chain; given the prices, though, critics can find the style a touch “formulaic”.
Patara is about beautifully executed, contemporary Thai cuisine, elegantly presented in a relaxed and stylish environment.
The chefs, all trained in Thailand, have a respect for quality ingredients and seamlessly blend eastern and western techniques to create dishes of character and depth that are not enslaved to tradition, dishes that appeal to a sophisticated European palette.
The first Patara opened in London 25 years ago. The focus then and today remains the same: great quality and fine presentation of Thai dishes, both traditional and contemporary. Patara is authentically different fine Thai dining.
Patara, which translates as gracious lady, derives its name from Khun Patara Sila-On who, for the past 30 years as a restaurateur, has brought her warmth and generosity of spirit to the Patara restaurant group, overseeing the opening of restaurants in London, Switzerland, Austria, Singapore and China as well as her native Thailand.
The design of the restaurants echoes the food: mixing the classic with the modern. From modish dark wood interiors, a neutral colour palate and brushed stone flooring. These are complemented by traditional Thai motifs, from subtle wall mounted carvings to an impressive miniature temple which forms the centre piece of the Soho dining room.