Fine-dining Thai restaurant Patara has collaborated with Maldon Oysters to celebrate the Oyster Festival. Two new oyster dishes have been created by Patara’s chefs and put on the menu at all four restaurants in London throughout October and November 2011.
The two oyster dishes combine traditional Thai cuisine with seasonal produce from Maldon Oysters and are presented in two ways – raw and cooked, in the following styles:
- Oysters with mint, coriander, lemongrass, Thai vinaigrette, lemon and crisp shallots.
- Oysters deep-fried in soda batter served in its shell with bean-sprout and chilli sauce.
The dishes are set at three: £5.50; or six: £9.50, which seems like a pretty fair price.
They are also offering Champagne by the bottle to enjoy with the oysters, which include Moutard Brut Reserve (£35.80); Laurent Perrier Brut (£56.20); Veuve Cliquot Rosé (£66.40); and Moet et Chandon (£148.10).
For August and September, Patara joined forces with luxury resorts and spa group Six Senses to create a special menu with a focus on health and flavour.
Highlights from the menu included Miang pla Salmon – salmon and herb Thai salad with chilli lime dressing; Goong yai op – Roasted king prawns, lime and chilli marinate, spiced mango and passion fruit foam served with tender steamed bok-choi; and Goong Pow, grilled tiger prawns with kaffir lime dressing served on brown rice infused with green curry paste.
I went to sample the six senses menu in the Greek Street restaurant and had a great evening.
While the salad appeared to have been sitting in its dressing for a while before it made it to the table, the fresh spring rolls were light and delicious, the king prawns were cooked to perfection, the green curry sauce was not watery, but creamy and full of flavour, and the service was way more attentive than I have witnessed in the past, so I am sure that the oyster dishes will go down a treat.
I just hope I manage to make it along before December to sample them!