patara thai in london shares owners with the patara in bangkok. the one in london is absolutely delicious, although my friend who introduced me to patara london says the one in thailand is even more amazing. until i board a 20 hour flight to bangkok, patara london will do, very well and nicely that is.
hubby and i have been to patara several times now in the past few years, and always to the one on maddox street — london friend tells us that it’s the best one and we haven’t eaten any of the other locations to advocate on their behalf. while we sometimes try new dishes, like the grilled beef salad in the first picture, we invariably find ourselves drawn to the gang kua goong–prawns stewed in a curry of kaffir lime, tumeric, scented coconut with betelnut leaves–and nua tom kati–beef, slow braised in a coconut milk reduction with fresh lime, lemongrass and chili. hubby detests coconut milk, but he makes an exception for patara, where he literally drinks the herb-laden coconut milk based sauces in which the prawn and beef have simmered. there’s just something so surreal about the flavours — at once tangy, refreshing, spicy and harmoniously rich. i’ll usually tack on a steamed mango sticky rice to the end of the meal — my sweet tooth can’t resist.
7 Maddox St.
Tel 0207 499 6008
Mon-Sun: Noon – 2.30; 5:30pm – 10:30pm
(Note: they also have locations in Soho, Knightsbridge and South Kensington)