Scenic sights are a given at Queen Street's newest eatery. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the mall, Patina makes its home on the river-facing side of Customs House — and along one of the quieter stretches of the Brisbane CBD waterfront.
From Thursday, August 23, you can settle in for lunch seven days a week, dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and breakfast on Sundays, all with the the Story Bridge sitting in the background. Or, those keen on dining in luxe surroundings can head inside the heritage-listed building and sit in the luxe new fit-out, which features earthy colours, bronzed fixtures and an eye-catching light installation.
Menu-wise, with executive chef John Offenhauser (ex-Marco Polo) in the kitchen, Patina does many local restaurants do: it showcases seasonal, regional produce across share-style dishes. Paddock-to-plate and farm-to-table are the buzzwords here, although one particular ingredient is cultivated and picked onsite. Yes, if you're ordering anything with mushrooms (grilled oyster mushrooms with shiitake cream, stracciatella and tarragon oil, perhaps), they were actually grown in the venue's own cellar.
Other highlights include pan-fried gnocchi with roasted pine nuts, smoked raisins, kale and ricotta; chargrilled ocean king prawns with black pepper, curry leaf and sugarloaf; and the huge one-kilo Darling Downs OP rib (a bone-in rib eye steak) with chimichurri. Desserts range from peanut butter parfait to lemon myrtle meringue. And, although all of the above makes great evening fare, making the once-a-week trip on a Sunday morning is recommended — especially if you're a fan of big breakfasts and Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters espressos.
Elsewhere, lunch features two- and three-course options from a set menu, while a decadent Champagne high tea is also available — for two, or for groups.
And, in addition to a wine list spanning tipples by the glass and by the bottle, Patina boasts an extensive cocktail selection, complete with martinis made with popcorn syrup, both gin and whisky sours, and ginger and lemongrass margaritas.
Find Patina at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane.