We tried Patou for the first time last night. Good experience overall, though I'm not quite ready to put it in the same category as Dok Bua and Khao Sarn.
As is the case with several Belmont Center businesses, the space is long and narrow, with a dining area in the front, another one in the back, a narrow strip in between with a window showing the kitchen, and a small concrete patio out back with maybe 5 tables. We opted for the patio, since it was such a nice night, though the air was almost too still--could have used a bit of a breeze.
We started with chicken coconut soup (tasty, though perhaps a bit too sweet) and an app that was a special last night--steamed rolls with char-grilled chicken, noodles, and veggies that came with a sweet sauce as well as a delicious (and hot!) red chili sauce. For our entrees, we had the pad Thai (the ingredients were fresh, though it seemed like the dish could have used more ground peanuts) and the country-style chicken basil (hot and spicy with lots of flavor, and the ground chicken had a nice consistency, but the dish itself was slightly watery). The Chang beer was excellent, as was the Thai iced tea (the sugar water and cream was on the side, which was a nice touch).
Prices were a bit high for Thai food, especially for some of the more exotic dishes on the menu, including several dishes that were around $18.The menu and the atmosphere felt a bit more upscale than your typical Thai restaurant, so that probably justified the higher prices (plus its Belmont location--there were some seriously rich-looking folks in the restaurant last night!).
I'll be going back to Patou sometime next week to try another dish or two. I know people who absolutely love this place, so I'll have to ask them what their favorite dishes are before I head back.