This Spanish restaurant is housed in a stunningly beautiful mansion with, not surprisingly, several great patios. It’s got both modern and traditional Spanish dishes made with fresh products served up by a chef from San Sebastian and an excellent selection of modestly priced wines.
Editor Rating (Review):
Average: 2(1 vote)
Situated in a beautiful three-story lanehouse in the former French Concession, El Patio has a great location, elegant décor and extensive terrace seating, but, at this point, it is still lacking in the food department.
We started off with patatas bravas (¥48), a bowl of crispy potato chunks wading in a pool of mildly spicy chili oil and smothered by a mountain of mayonnaise. It’s a heavy dish perfect for mayonnaise lovers. But the goat cheese salad with honey vinaigrette and nuts (¥78) went back to the kitchen after one bite. Despite a well-balanced combination of goat cheese and nuts, it’s unbearably sweet and sticky.
The Spanish omelette (¥52) didn’t fare much better–it was lacking in both flavor and texture. It looked like a few pieces of potato had been accidentally cooked into a greasy omelette.
The ham croquettes (¥52) came in a group of four deep-fried, bite-sized nuggets that had a crispy crust on the outside and creamy potato filling on the inside. While the ham taste was present, we had trouble locating any actual pieces of meat in the croquettes. Our favorite dish of the night was the egg with truffle and potato cream (¥68). The perfectly poached egg sits on a smooth, garlicky, creamy potato throne and wears a crown of fragrant truffle oil.
Overall, though, this was a disappointing meal that only redeemed itself with two bottles of the refreshing, affordable house white wine (¥160). Given the ownership’s good work with the now-deceased Bonito, the comfy chairs and the well-priced wine might make it worth a visit, but it’s still very much a work in progress.