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Patou Thai in Belmont Center

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Patou Thai in Belmont Center

Samovar | Aug 17, 2003 12:05 AM

As much as we wanted to love a new place in Belmont Center (at long last re-opening the space vacated by the B&D Deli) Patou was disappointing.

Food was nothing special compared to other Thai places in the area, entrees were rather small, and prices a dollar or two more per dish than I might have expected, with an extra charge for a tiny bowl of white rice. The duck in the crispy duck curry was dry and the vegetables in the dish sparse. Stir fried "glass" Thai noodles with vegetables and shrimp contained a grand total of 3 shrimp. Appetizer plate of mixed rolls was greasy (need to change the oil?).

Finally, the place is cavernous (seats 125 according to the permit announcement in the newspaper) and is an echo chamber with hardwood floors, mostly bare walls, and high ceilings.

I really wonder if a huge Thai restaurant in that location will be able to generate enough turnover to survive.

I love Thai food, but will probably continue to venture farther afield to get it. And I still maintain that what Belmont Center needs is a diner/sandwich/brunch place like B&D aspired to be.

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