Cafe Patina Wahroonga has a focus on local high-quality and organic ingredients, and the homemade and gluten-free menu delivers on taste, but also value. North Shore Mums Discoverer Rochelle Kim visited recently and will certainly return again soon. Find out why.
Nestled in the beautiful leafy suburb of Wahroonga and next door to its popular community park, Cafe Patina has long been a favourite spot for locals. It’s convenient and quaint location has long been favoured for long weekend lunches, quick playground coffees and long chats between friends. Recently I also got the opportunity to try its delectable $55 three-course set dinner menu with a group of close friends.
It’s generous servings and philosophy on quality, local and fresh ingredients made its modern Australian cuisine a great choice for a local night out. Impressively, almost all menu items are gluten-free and everything is made onsite with only its ice cream, pastry and bread bought from local artisan suppliers.
Find out what we ordered…..
Cafe Patina, Wahroonga: The Menu, First Course
We all agreed the goats cheese and caramelised onion tart was the absolute standout dish. This the perfect start to a meal, being light but also satisfying. The caramelised onions and fresh pear balanced perfectly with goats cheese, while the crust was buttery and flaky. Honestly, I would return for this dish alone!
The salt and pepper squid was also a hit amongst friends. Coming as a generous serving and accompanied with chilli jam, it was a great start to the meal.
We also ordered the duck liver pate, which was perfectly paired with beetroot, pickles and sourdough to create contrast and make the pate stand out.
The grilled crispy skin Atlantic salmon was unanimously voted as the favourite main dish. Served with roast pumpkin, grilled asparagus, truss tomatoes, Persian feta and a cranberry and hazelnut dressing, it was fresh, light and delicious. It’s a specialty for Cafe Patina Wahroonga, and diners adore it!
When we had the char-grilled sirloin with shoestring potato chips and cafe de paris, we were impressed with the quality of the steak. The focus on fresh and local ingredients was certainly evident. However, the pairing of the shoestring fries made the dish a little salty overall.
It was hard to pick a favourite dessert and with the great choices available, it’s easy to see why. The patina mess, which a meringue served with vanilla ice cream and passionfruit sauce was a lighter dessert and was a nice way to complete a three-course meal.
But if you wanted rich comfort food, the warm chocolate pudding is hard to go past. The dish was served with ice cream and hot chocolate sauce. It was like a warm cosy hug, so I hope this is also on Cafe Patina’s winter menu.
Fans of vanilla crème brûlée won’t be disappointed either. The beautifully caramelised top and creamy filling made it a satisfying end to the meal.
We paired our meals with 2017 Teusner ‘Salsa’ Rosé wine from the Barossa Valley, which I recommend and will order again.
Definitely visit Cafe Patina for your next date or ladies night. The food was not only delicious, but I loved that I was supporting local businesses with such a strong philosophy around homemade organic food made and locally sourced ingredients. After our meal, we chatted to Chef Stewart Wallace and this was when we began to appreciate how the love of food and his locale was presented in his menu. It imbued the meal with a sense of community pride that’s hard to replicate and certainly recognisable in the friendly service.
Adding to this, the value of the set menu was just incredible. It’s hard to believe we enjoyed such a beautifully prepared three-course meal for only $55 per head. The servings were on the large side and maybe a little too generous – but hardly a complaint. Alcoholic beverages and drinks were also well priced, making it an exceptionally pleasant night out without hitting the back-pocket too hard.
Cafe Patina: Essential Details
- Where: 64 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga NSW 2076
- Website https://cafepatina.com.au/
- Opening Hours: Open 7 days
- Breakfast 7:30am – 12pm
- Lunch menu 12pm – 4pm
- Happy hour 4pm to 5pm Wed to Sat
- Dinner: 5:30 pm – 10 pm (Wednesday – Saturday)
- Getting there: There is ample street parking, but also close to Wahroonga train station if arriving by public transport.