Patara, Oxford Circus, good for a business lunch

We had a customer in yesterday so rather than send out for some uninspiring M&S sandwiches we decided to pop downstairs to Patara. We tend to use Patara a fair bit when entertaining at work as it is only downstairs, quick and reasonable. They do a great business lunch platter which gives you a bit of everything. Having said I was getting a bit fed up with the same platter and was pleased to see they had given it a bit of a makeover. Presented on a long dish with a few different bits it looked very nice. The customer enjoyed it and there was a really good buzz in there as it was busy. I found my jumbo prawn platter very nice though the bowl of veg was slightly overcooked, the jumbo prawns however were perfect.

One draw back was one of our party ordered a starter and main instead and the main took a bit long to arrive. However it was very nice when it did turn up. We were also given some complementary melon after the meal which was a nice touch. The meal for 4 with a bottle of house Shiraz came to £100 which was very good value.

I noticed they have revamped the rest of their menu so a may well pop back for further sampling. Along with Goodman down the road Maddox St is well looked after.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

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