I confess I am not a fan of buffet style dinners;
somehow that “all you can eat” title seems like a challenge.
I am also not a fan of huge portions, while certainly value
for money I was taught to clean my plate, especially at a
restaurant and so I feel compelled to eat it all. If you
want bite size portions at reasonable prices and a stunning
glass or three of wine, then El Patio on Nimmanhaemin Soi 11
is your place.
The ambiance is great; an open air walled in patio with a
real Spanish feel. It is cozy without being claustrophobic.
There are comfortable couches to lounge on while sipping
your wine and savoring your tapas. For the hot season there
is an inside air conditioned room, or for those who just
like to sit inside. The owner plans on putting up some kind
of retractable roof for the rainy season. It is lovely and
relaxing; an oasis of calm in the heart of busy
But the food is the main focus of any eating out review, of
course. The chef is a charming and friendly young Spanish
man who makes some really unique and exquisite food. The
brie and sai oua (Chiang Mai sausage) on bread is fabulous
and really just a perfect combination. You only get one
piece per order so be sure and order a few of these. The
garlic prawns are deliciously garlicky, just the way I like
something that has the name garlic in it. I have never
understood those people who order some dish with the name
“garlic” in it and then complain that there is too much
I really liked the seafood salad with passionfruit dressing
served in a little passionfruit cup. In fact, many of the
seafood dishes were my favorites including the deep fried
squid, although I must say the lamb skewers were tender and
juicy. There are a few vegetarian options as well including
mushroom croquettes and a really creamy but tiny shot glass
of pumpkin soup. The asparagus in tempura was crunchy and
not bitter like asparagus can sometimes be here in Thailand.
Chris recommended a fresh Mesta white wine for us to try and
it certainly went well with the food. All in all, this
restaurant is a repeat on my list when I want a relaxing
place to eat and chat with good friends.
Each individual tapas is served separately and prices range
from 15 to 35 baht per piece. El Patio is open daily 5 p.m.
to after midnight and is located directly on Nimmanhaemin
Soi 11 next to Beer Republic.