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Patina Steak and Fine Wine

Patina Steak and Fine Wine
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Cost
R300pps avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Seafood, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R45 (1 bottle per 4 people)

Critic's review

Katharine Pope

Food

With most steaks above the R200 mark, this is not a cheap neighbourhood restaurant. The steak tartare is the second clue that this is no ordinary suburban steakhouse. Patina’s version of this classic dish is beautifully plated with wafer-thin pink radishes, mustard seeds resting in a boat of pickled onion, and a covering of grated cured egg yolk, which falls like pollen on the pretty plate.

The steak – all Chalmar beef – is perfectly cooked, and has a flavour a notch above most chain steakhouse offerings. Try the fillet champignon topped with creamy thyme, roasted garlic and wild mushroom sauce. There’s also fillet on the bone (a rarely seen cut, which promises more flavour than the standard fillet), lamb ribeye, and a Wagyu burger to be had.

Not in the mood for red meat? The seafood offerings include an unusual calamari dish – a generous bowl of cheesy parmesan risotto topped with grilled calamari tubes. All mains – including, somewhat strangely, the calamari and risotto dish – come with a side. The sweet potato fries – made with gorgeous orange gem potatoes – are particularly moreish; crispy on the outside and creamy in the centre.

This is not a good spot for vegetarians – aside from three salads, they will go hungry.

For pud, there’s a chocolate fondant with hazelnut crumb, mascarpone and sour cherry ice cream. But, in the event that you don’t possess a second stomach designated for dessert, try the affogato: three scoops of vanilla bean ice cream doused in espresso and topped with a sprinkle of honeycomb.

Drinks

We can recommend starting off at Botany for a gin and tonic. As for Patina’s wine list, there’s a good selection of fairly well-known options, with some well-priced options available by the carafe.

Ambience

The old Italian Kitchen space has been beautifully fitted out with lots of wood, including designer tables and chairs with emerald green upholstery. It sadly is a little too loud inside – some sound absorption would make a huge difference – so unless you’re there with a rambunctious group of friends, book a table in the quieter covered courtyard.

Service

Staff are friendly, and for the most part efficient. On a busy night, you may be left to your own devices for long stretches. It’s best to speak up and make yourself known.

And…

Book in advance. Patina is frequently fully booked, even on weekdays.

(February 2018)

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User reviews

  • Fantastic meal as always! All the steaks at our table were delicious and cooked perfectly. The risotto side is incredible!
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  • Delicious steak with a brilliant risotto side. Could not have asked for a more feel good dish. My wife calamari was equally good. Well done Patina
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  • I expected Patina to be good but I was blown away. We had mushroom risotto and calamari as starters, then ribeye and fillet champignons with a bottle of the Buitenverwagting Merlot. It was all absolutely gorgeous and I'd go again this week but fir my bank balance! Pur bill was R1000 for 2 of us, but with not one complaint it is well worth it .... A real treat
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  • Love Patina! Fantastic steaks. Order the risotto side add extra onion rings! The caprese salad is the best I’ve had and is big enough for two to share as a starter.
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  • Service was extremely disappointing. We had to ask for menus after been seated for 15 minutes. We then had to ask for a drinks order after another 15 minute wait. The steak was so salty only a small portion could be eaten and when we told the waiter his reply was" next time order it without salt" this option was not advised on the menu or by the waiter taking the order. The creme brule was a dry texture. To which the manager said that he could see it was overcooked. We sent back most of it. Not one thing was taken off the bill. The mushroom risotto was delicious. However as it is a steakhouse this should have been the star of the show especially as they are charging a fair amount of money for it.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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