Patu

(713) 528-6998

2420 Rice Blvd Ste B, Houston, TX | Directions   77005

29.717567 -95.415834

 
Restaurants, $$, Buffet  more

More Tags: Family-Friendly Dining, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining

Cuisine: Thai

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: University Place, South Central

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Reviews for Patu

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Typical Food, Bad Service, and a bit over priced. – I'm not trying to bash this place but it's a bit hard not to. My three friends and I had a pretty terrible experience here. We were never offered drinks, my buddy who ordered an imported beer (TsingTao) had to send it back because 1. it was flat and 2. it was way over the shelf life date. We ordered some spring rolls and they were actually pretty good. When our food arrived she put down the 'family style' plates and walked away. We had to walk up to the waitress to get her to bring us actual dining plates to eat off of and the rice we ordered. While eating we noticed the song on the speakers was skipping repeating the phrase "like a flower" over and over and over again. We actually told the waitress that it was skipping and it was really getting to us and she said "o.k." and walked away. We were pissed. It was miserable. The last thing she did was refill two of the four empty glasses of water....all were empty...so we didnt have drinks for the last part of our meal...awful. I don't know how anyone could enjy eating here. I've had the same quality of food for 1/3 the price. Crap. Really.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

"Ok" authentic Thai – Decent food in an unremarkable atmosphere. Better suited as a lunch joint to get a quick Thai meal & not for dinner. Service was slow and bad.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Small place, sub-par food – I went here with a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. First of all, it is tiny and hard to find because it used to be just an alley. (It is next to Texadelphia) At 7pm we were the only patrons in this little restaurant. The service was attentive (obviously). We tried the Tiger Cry Salad, Pad Thai, Ke Mao, and a red curry dish with chicken. The salad was just awful. The beef was tough and dry and was on a meager bed of iceburg lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.The dressing was overly spicy, without any taste...just a jalapeno puree really. The pad thai and ke mao were just okay. We have had better. The curry dish was simple and tasty served with white rice. Overall, the food was just okay, but for that price, we won't be coming back. The place lacked ambiance. Fake windows and harsh overhead lighting attempt to make up for the lack of real windows in this restaurant flanked by brick walls.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Once a favourite, seems to have gone downhill, probably won't go back – Ok. I loved Patu. I've been eating their food since the summer of 2006, when I worked in the Village (a co-worker and I used to order the vegetarian massaman curry for lunch a few times a month, one of us would pick it up to go). I moved away from Houston, but every time I am back in town I make sure to get an order of the massaman curry. I take my family there and have recommended the place to friends.

The service has never been good - the waitstaff does not engage with customers, they are sometimes slow or get things mixed up. Regardless the massaman curry dish was so great I didn't care. When I went last night with my family, however, I was quite disappointed. Sure, it was a busy Friday night...but they were way too disorganized. A woman who i've picked up orders from many times took our order, and read it back to us, specifying each of our "spicy" choices and ensuring my sister that "mild" was just a little spicy. Two of our dishes were delivered to the girls at a table next to ours, and finally brought to us. My sister's curry was more spicy than my father's (he had ordered his a step up). My massaman curry had changed to "g ang mussaman" in the menu and I hadn't realized this included the elimination of vegetables, star anise, and peanuts in the curry (it usually had all of this). When I asked our waitress if the recipe/menu had changed, she kept saying no, the mussaman never had vegetables in it. The change is fine, but they weren't pleasant about my question. The potatoes in my dish were undercooked. We weren't checked on again after getting our food, and when we asked for our cheque it was brought to the girls next to us (AGAIN! by the look on their faces, they weren't pleased or impressed with the service either).

I was disappointed with the change in my dish, but their reaction to my attempt to find out when it changed tipped things (last time I ate there was January). The disorganization and general unenthusiasm of the staff is no plus.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst Service – My wife and I went there two weeks back and ordered Some Vegetarian Curry and Veg Pad Thai with out egg and some appetizers. After the appetizers they brought the Pad Thai and Rice for the curry, but the curry is no where to be found. After reminding them twice they bring the curry and being vegetarians to our shock we find beef in it. We inform one of the waiters who said he will replace it. Already grossed out we decided to replace it with another Veg Pad Thai. After some time they bring the Veg Pad Thai and this time it has egg in it. Not surprisingly by this time our appetite was dying and we are frustrated with the service. Eventually they bring another Veg Pad Thai with out eggs. Now here comes the kicker, for all this mess they did not even have the courtesy to put any portion of our bill on the house. I did not even bother asking them about it and simply paid the bill and walked out. Since that day my wife doesn't even want to eat at any restaurants.

It shows how much care they take in preparing their dishes and how much they care for their customers. In my view they don't care at all. I wish I can given them zero star rating.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Grease Meets Thai. Thy better straighten up!!! – Bad food all together greasy rice, old chicken, bland and the veggies are right out of a freezer bag.

On the bright side it was a nice day to go to the rice village.

P.S. wife is still feeling sick from our lunch 6 hours ago :{

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great food – We love patu thai...great food, cute and cosy ambience, this is my favorite thai restaurant, next is veing thai

Recommends
over a year ago

Rice Village mainstay for a speedy lunch buffet, authentic Thai dishes and affordable prices. – In Short
Inside the small, narrow restaurant (it was once an alley) the décor creates a charming cottage-like environment for lunch or dinner. Popular for its affordable buffet, the assorted dishes feature plenty of meat and vegetarian options. On the regular menu, the steamed dumplings are a popular choice while entrees include curries and noodles, seafood with basil and a standout tom yum soup. Patrons can request dishes suited to their spice level and most dishes can be made vegetarian.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Thai around! – I recently moved from Houston and miss this place terribly. Whether it's their incredible lunch buffett or a plate of the chicken pad thai or panang curry, you can never really go wrong. Their Thai hot is wonderfully hot, and the atmosphere is cozy and warm.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Thai on a budget – Food is amazing. You have an option of mild to Thai hot spicy on almost all menu options. Personally I recommended over all other Thai restaurant in the area. Good service, low prices, big portions, good food. What else is there?

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