patara used to be one of our favourite restaurants.
my family used to go there often. if w/o amex discounts, price is high though, so that explains why we have not been there for a very long time.
today wife called said there is amex 50% discounts for 2pax again.
alas, we forgot to check, brain doesn’t work so fast nowadays, and only when we sat down & asked then we realized that the promotion is for monday to thursday. so no discount on friday today & have to pay full price.
i guess we should have walked out politely, courteously, which is what i would do when younger & will still do today if my mind had been more active.
anyhow we ordered our usual favourites, key among them tom yam talay (seafood).
this was quite poor really!
the soup had no intensity, aroma. like i told the server “it’s like tom yam soup from some cheap restaurant”. also the prawns & squid were totally overdone(old)…. (we thought the chef has changed but server said no change). to her credit & good service she offered to replace the soup. we had already finished the soup & didn’t really make sense to ask the restaurant to replace it, so we told her it was ok, just a feedback. i said to her surely other diners would have given this feedback too?
fortunately the roast duck curry was superb, very lemak, fragrant, yummy.
the duck was average, quite tender breast slices. it has always been this way in patara. i think some other restaurants actually give nice roast duck, here it is a bit if western duck preparation.
& luckily the olive rice was still very nice.
looking at the photo of olive rice @ patara on 19.4.2014, that looke dmore impressive & with more ingredients.
but the one we had today was still pretty good la.
so dinner, 3 dishes for 2pax came to S$70++=S$82…
if we came on mon-thurs, with 50% discount for 2pax it would be S$41 (we would have to order 2 main course but since tomyam talay was poor we could order some other main dishes).
i still enjoyed the roast duck curry & olive rice, the tom yam talay, totally not!
maybe i will still come back here when 50% discounts is valid…quite sad really, coming here & not taking tom yam talay.
Patara Fine Cuisine @ Tanglin Mall