Patina – Ryan Richens back in the Southern Suburbs with a fine Steak Restaurant, a legend in the making

Three weeks old, Patina

Patina is your go to place for a fine piece of Steak. Ryan Richens who left the southern suburbs to just this side of the Boerewors Curtain, is back in the best possible way. In the late 1960s, the steak house revolution started in the very premises formerly occupied by Golden Spur in the Newlands Quarter in Dean Street.

Patina is a premium Steak Restaurant.  It has only been open for three weeks and on Friday I was invited by Ryan to go and have a meal there.  I took my friend Julian Richfield and we had a truly stunning meal.

The restaurant is situated at the back of the Newlands Quarter and there is no indication outside the building as to this super dining venue is inside. I parked underneath the shopping centre opposite.

So to the meal – served by a charming waitress who was quiet, consistent, aware and not wanting to be our new best friend.

The restaurant’s wine list is an eclectic affair with a good offering of wines by the glass. And bubbles and of course a great selection of reds to go with the Chalmar Beef, and a good choice of whites for the chicken and fishy stuff.

Roasted Marrow Bones

My first course was one of childhood favourites – Roasted Marrow Bones with the crispiest fluffiest Onion Rings, sourdough wafers, beetroot aioli and pickled mushrooms. Seriously delicious.

My main was the grilled Chalmar Sirloin with which I had a repeat of the onion rings, large fries and a lovely Sauce Béarnaise.

Grapefruit Cheesecake, Grapefruit Sorbet

Dessert. Oh dessert! So refreshing to find a restaurant which really cares about its desserts. Oh, the bliss of Grapefruit Cheesecake, Grapefruit Sorbet. Pretty to look at, though the pea shoots came as a bit of a surprise.

Arnold Schwarzenegger like – “I’ll be back!”

Ryan Richens

Patina is in Newlands Quarter, 35 Dean Street, on the cross of Dean Street and Main Street, in leafy Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa.

Call 021 823 9739 for reservations.


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