On 12th May Patara opened its sixth London restaurant on Hampstead High Street, bringing its ethos of Thai fine-dining in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to one of London’s most famous urban villages. The Me:Mo team have been working hard in the build-up to the launch and all that paid off with a buzzy and friendly opening night where press and locals alike joined the new Patara team to explore the restaurant, sip bubbly and try to resist grabbing whole trays of the delicious hors d’oevres which the smiling waiters and waitresses circulated with.
Split between two floors, the 110-cover restaurant has been expertly designed by Superfutures (Barrafina, Chotto Matte, Peyton & Byrne, Quo Vadis), taking inspiration from intricate Thai architecture. Combining the contemporary, comfortable and traditional with subtle references to Thai culture and history through the use of exquisite raw materials, stone carvings and decorative motifs. Marbled panels, elaborate ceiling lighting and splashes of royal sapphire blue and marble sky blue surround a mix of banquette style seating, tables and chairs.
All of this provided a brilliant setting for this first evening with the addition of a traditional Thai fruit carver who wowed the crowds with demonstrations of their craft while, adding to the fun, a caricaturist created portraits for visitors to take home. Filled to capacity but still comfortable to move around, the evening flew by in a flurry of old friends welcomed, new friends made and a rapidly filled bookings sheet for the month ahead – a warm welcome from the discerning people of Hampstead and the start of what we hope will be a beautiful friendship.