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Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

It makes my mouth water just remembering the meal we had there. We were accompanied by a Thai friend and her husband so she ordered and we ate. Every dish was delicious, the service was excellent and several of the staff including the chef are...Thai. The only negative comment I have is that the beef was a bit tough so would probably avoid it next time. If you want to enjoy a quality environment and an excellent Thai meal in Beijing this is the place.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Patara Thai cuisine is centrally located and minutes from the Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square. Great food and lovely ambience 👍🏻

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed February 19, 2018

Patara is a really good Thai restaurant just 10 minutes walk from the forbidden city. They have all the famous Thai dishes on the menu and both the restaurant, service and not to forget the food are all very Thai like. Price range is good...and you will not walk away hungry!More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed January 26, 2018

Patara is in the heart of Beijing, on the top floor of the upscale Jinbao Palace shopping center. Our dinner was very good (authentic Thai), as was the service. Looking forward to trying Patara's sister restaurants in London and Vienna!

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

Underwhelmed is a word a don't particular like using. But I can't help it - it's appropriate sometimes. No one likes to enter a restaurant where the main distraction is the clatter of cutlery and crockery being bashed around, and the restaurant is virtually totally...empty and devoid of ambience as if you've arrived on the verge of closing time, but it is in fact mid-evening on a weekend, when the restaurant should be churning out dishes and atmosphere by the bucket-load, instead it is harbouring three disinterested looking staff members and a sea of empty tables. Staff that appear rushed and harassed even though the staff to customer ratio at the moment is roughly 1:1. At that kind of ratio, you'd hope for some kind of service, even in Beijing. I've had better service at a cheap-eatery. Even in Beijing. I lived in Bangkok for a couple of years which I like to think gives me a qualification to judge Thai food for its authenticity. Was I taken back to a steamy Bangkok soi, or a Chao Praya riverside eatery? Well the massaman was a little under seasoned, the plaa neung manow (steamed fish) was a little over-seasoned with fish sauce making it too salty, and the yam glass-noodle salad was lacking in something. However, the tom yam goong was on the money. The chef certainly nailed that. It was deep in flavours, the balance of spicy, sweet, salty and sour, all about what one would hope for. Yes, it would have been a bit spicier in Bangkok, but I understand the chef would be used to diners with less tolerant palates. After the tom yam arrived, I did add to the only Thai member in Thai and Chinese that we can eat spicy food. Our plaa neung manow therefore arrived spicier than its soup predecessor. My girlfriend was given some nicely-cooked rice, whereas I was give some from an older batch, that was mushy, very over-cooked, and should not have left the kitchen hotplate. I did ask for it to be replaced, but it was done so in a way that gave me no indication of whether I was getting a new portion or not, which left me sitting wondering whether or not I should continue eating or wait for the possibility of new rice to arrive. The prices are high for Beijing and not justified by the level of food, or service - for which there was even a surcharge. More expensive that what one would pay for comparable food in the U.K., and in the UK Thai ingredients has had to travel much further. As someone who regularly cooks Thai food at home in Beijing, ingredients are generally not expensive. Lemongrass is only 1 kuai a stick in 三元里 market. What did grind my gears the most was the mandatory service charge. When a service charge is automatically added, one would expect some level of service. If it goes to the staff and good service was provided, then perhaps it can be justified. But not in this case, far from it. Beijing is a city that is not known for service, to put it politely, but the only distinguishing factor between normal Beijing service the service we experienced was that the staff were softly-spoken and not blasting orders out at a million-decibels. But for this privilege we were forced to pay a 70 kuai surcharge. We got a "谢谢" (thanks) as we were leaving, but not even a "慢走" which even cheap restaurants often politely wish you when you are leaving. Honestly, I just felt the staff were totally disengaged, and if it had been in the UK I would have refused to pay the service charge, as one is within their rights to do when it is marked as discretionary. It was my girlfriend's birthday as I mentioned when I called to book - well our booking was not even acknowledged when we arrived, due to it being so empty - and I also tried to tell a member of staff the same, but she walked off. So this was not acknowledged either. Anyhow, we were just looking for somewhere special to eat for the occasion, and whilst Patara is fine for satisfying cravings for Thai food, it is not fine-dining, and it should not be advertised as such. I would implore the managers try to inject some enthusiasm into their staff, there just seemed to be some morale missing. I would assume that the mandatory service charge does not reach their pockets, and if this is the case, I would also ask why the restaurant must add this to the menu prices. Frankly, it seems like a ploy to give the diner the image that they are in a fine-dining restaurant, but the smoke and mirrors did not really work here. Reading this back, I realise I may sound like a pretentious diner, but I am far from that. I usually dine at very modest local street-side eateries, in fact prefer street-food when available. But if paying to eat at a fine-dining restaurant, fine-dining is what I would expect. Patara is more like mediocre-dining. Management please read and take-note. There's potential.More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

On the 6th floor of Jinbao Place is this great Thai food restaurant. If your lucky, and not a large group, you might sit by the window with a partial view of the city, and this is a great plus. The juices are fresh squeezed,...and the food was fantastic. We had the minced pork and the chicken cashew, along with steamed jasmine rice. Also on our order was the phad Thai. All items we had were excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly. I recommend this for Thai food in BeijingMore

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed August 15, 2017 via mobile

Patara is the most authentic Thai restaurant in Beijing. Conveniently located near the MTR station Dengshikou exit "C" in the 6/F of the Jinbao Palace. It is managed by native Thai. The food is outstanding in quality and taste. The service is perfect and very...attentive. Sometimes you have to slow them down that food is not coming to fast after the appetizer😁 The price level is Beijing standard. Anytime again👍More

Date of visit: August 2017
Reviewed December 14, 2016

The restaurant is located on the 6th floor of the Jinbaotower. So try the seats next to the windows, you will have a magnificent view. About the food, it was good but the menu was a little bit poor.. I was expecting more main thaï...dish as different kind of Tom Yum/pad thaï. The price is about 168RMB per dishMore

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed October 7, 2016

This is probably the most Thai taste you can get in Beijing. For a Thai like me, I have to admit they did a great job keeping the authentic Thai taste despite ingredients' limitation. Would recommend if you are in the mood for Thai food.

Date of visit: August 2016
Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

The dishes here are authentic and very delicious. The setting is nice and you can ask to be seated by the window so you can see the city skyline. Service is the greatest. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2016
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