website: patarathailand.com (in English, but incomplete menu online)
lunch: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
dinner: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Visit reviewed: 11/24/2008
previously reviewed: 3/9/2007
Visiting Patio again made me wonder why I don't eat there more often. The space is tranquil, the service is great and the Thai-fusion food is delicious. From the mini Thai tacos with prawns and tofu, made with deep fried crispy won ton skin wrappers to the yellow chicken curry worth finishing your bowl of rice for, the flavors and presentation of the dishes made all of us clear our plates.
I'm not sure the reason for the name change since my last review (from Patara to Patio) and I'm still not sure if the other Patios around Taipei have the same menu or not.
Get the apple salad or the deep fried soft shell crab salad. Get the satay. Get the curry.
I'm just not so sure what these puff things on the Pad Thai are...
Patio does fusion well without messing up the traditional elements and flavors of what I like about Thai food and introduces some new dishes that I've never seen before in other restaurants. A great spot for a business lunch or romantic date night, tucked in the alley behind Dun Hua Eslite Bookstore.
For more details, check out the last review.