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Patina Steak and Fine Wine

Patina Steak and Fine Wine
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

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. It’s frequently fully booked, even on weekdays.

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User reviews

  • Nice restaurant, really great food. Customer service seriously lacking. Took them over a week to activate a gift card I had purchased for a birthday and despite the promise of it being active in 2 days ( which should be immediate, like everywhere else) Promised to phone me to let me know when it was active but they did not and I had to email them several times to get an answer.
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  • Love Patina! Great atmosphere, really excellent steaks, fab wine list and knowledgeable service. Do yourself a favour and have the risotto as your side dish of choice - it is INSANE. Also notable are the caprese salad, and the squid starter (served on more delicious risotto). There is now also a gin bar in the courtyard, so go there for a gin cocktail or glass of bubbles before dinner. Feels like town in the 'burbs!
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  • Brilliant ambianc, service and beautiful restaurant with good quality food and ambience.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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