Monday, June 19, 2006

Patu

She: Interested in trying something new, we decided to check out Patu (2420 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX) in the Rice Village. We ordered their special yellow curry with seafood and a rice noodle dish with beef, egg, broccoli, and cauliflower.

I definitely enjoyed the curry. They bring it out in a tureen and pour it onto a heated metal plate so that it sizzles. Although I'm sure the sizzling routine is just to put on a show, the dish didn't disappoint. The sauce was tasty and they gave you plenty of rice to go with it, which I liked. My only disappointment was that I would have liked more pieces of seafood in the curry. As it was, they gave us some shrimp, scallops, squid, and imitation crab leg, plus four mussels. The dish also had carrots, green beans, snow peas, and green pepper.

I was a little disappointed with the noodle dish, but I think that's primarily because of my aversion to fish sauce after a pad thai catastrophe in my kitchen. I could definitely taste the fish sauce in the noodles, so I wasn't too enthusiastic about it, but at least it wasn't as strong as when we ate at Satay in Austin. There were certainly other flavors in the dish as well, so I didn't mind eating it. The beef was a bit overcooked, but I liked the egg, cauliflower and broccoli mixed in.

I think Patu is worth another visit. They give you a lot of good food for what I think is a decent price, and in a head-to-head with Nit Noi, I think Patu wins.

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