A lunch date at Patina

I feel like I’ve been neglecting life a little, lately.

Almost a month into a new job, that I love, I’ve been busy, adjusting and a little swept away. And, with it, everything else has been suffering a little – the blog, friends, and of course – my husband.

So, in an attempt to make up for being an exhausted wife for a few weeks, I thought it was time to spoil him to a great meal and have a little one-on-one lunch. I’d heard about Patina Steak and Fine Wine, one of the newest additions to Newlands Quarter, and their legendary steak – which, I thought would make for a good lunch date.

Think leather booths, elegant glasses, with touches of emerald green and rustic decor, it’s a little fancy, but not pretentious.

Luke started with the tartare (R95), which was good – but, lacked a little acidity or freshness and, compared to the steak that was to come, wouldn’t be quite as memorable. There was nothing wrong with it, but it wouldn’t really wow you either.

On the other hand, my calamari risotto (R85) was fantastic, and a definite, instant highlight. Creamy risotto, with a fresh hit of preserved lemon and thinly-shaved fennel – it was a truly beautiful dish and just perfect for autumn. A generous portion, I’d suggest choosing a light main to follow, unless you’re keen to sit with leftovers (and, to be honest, leftovers as lunch isn’t the worst position to be in).

While the tartare was a little lacking, Luke’s steak more than made up for it. He chose the wing rib (R280 for 600g), on our waiter’s recommendation. Not a cut we see often, it was a large portion by any standard. With a choice of sides and sauces, he went for the crispy onion rings, sweet potato fries and a creamy thyme and garlic sauce. Upon his first bite, I believe his eyes actually closed and he moaned out loud. Saying it’s the best steak he’s had in memory, and possibly ever – I don’t think he could quite recommend it highly enough.

And, while the steak was eye-wateringly delicious, the sides also deserve special mention too – especially the light, crisp onion rings.

Patina has a fantastic selection of wines by the glass, with Luke opting for a Saronsberg red, as well as an extensive offering of gin and tonics – neighboured by co-owned bar, Botany, we suggest enjoying a pre-or post-dinner drink in the courtyard, too. However, a note for vegetarians – your options are limited to salads or side dishes. This is, after all, a steakhouse, so I’m not sure you can expect too much more, understandably.

We left, very full and very happy. If you’re in search of a fantastic steak, then I’d suggest making your reservation as soon as you can. While they are busy almost every day of the week, Patina is more a special occasion or date night restaurant than your every day dinner, but, if Luke’s reaction is anything to go by, it is absolutely worth it.

We enjoyed our meal as guests of Patina. All views and images are my own.

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