I had been wanting to have a meal at Patara’s for a long time. Le Patara is located in Geneva’s Beau-Rivage hotel by the lake and it is probably the most upscale Thai restaurant in the city. I had been hearing mixed reviews for years.
For the most part, I find Thai restaurants in this city to be a complete disappointment, all the more reason to see if Patara was any different and decide for myself if it was worth paying upwards of CHF 100 per person. A friend’s recent birthday celebration was the perfect opportunity to spend an evening at the ritzy establishment.
Turns out the food is actually very good, it is certainly a notch above all the other Thai restaurants I’ve been to in the area. The service, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. We had to wait a little too long for our starters and main courses and communicating with some of the restaurants’s wait staff proved rather challenging.
At one point we asked one of the waiters for an extra couple of minutes, but our request was either repeatedly misunderstood or ignored. Either way, I wasn’t overly impressed with that aspect of my dining experience.
I should also add that while I thoroughly enjoyed my meal that evening, Patara seems to serve more of a fusion cuisine than the kind of authentic Thai food people often crave when they go to such restaurants.
So would I go back? Yes, but I’d expect better service – otherwise, I doubt there would be a third visit.
Pictured below: shrimp tacos, Tom kha kai (a Thai chicken and coconut soup), Pad Thai and Khao Niaow Ma Muang – a delicious mango and sticky rice dessert.