Patina is a splendid contemporary restaurant nestled within the heritage listed surrounds of Brisbane’s iconic Customs House.
Boasting a prime dress circle position on the Brisbane river with spectacular views of the Story Bridge, Patina is the in-place to enjoy some of Brisbane’s finest cuisine made from fresh seasonal produce and local seafood that is sourced daily by the kitchen brigade.
The gorgeous interior features a stunning light installation in the main dining room and earthy-toned plates are paired with matte black cutlery while outside diners can enjoy their meals on the terrace overlooking the river.
Designed to share, the eclectic menu offers delectable Entrees such as scallop ceviche with avocado, red grapes, pomegranate, ginger and kaffir; confit duck rillettes with buckwheat, honey and watercress or smoked brisket steam bun with lemongrass, chilli and coconut.
Included in the Mains are an extensive selection of meats, with 1KG of Darling Downs OP Rib with Chimichurri the stand-out, along with slow cooked lamb shoulder with black garlic hummus, harissa yoghurt, pomegranate and flatbread; whilst other dishes include smoked ocean trout with broccolini, sesame cream, green mustard and yuzu and the recommended pan-fried gnocchi with roasted pine nuts, smoked raisins, kale and ricotta.
To accompany there are mouth-watering options like tempura asparagus, salad of spring beets or grilled oyster mushrooms (grown in Customs House’s own cellar) with shiitake cream, strachiatella and tarragon oil.
And for Dessert, choices include peanut butter parfait, lemon myrtle meringue or crème brulee.
When it comes to drinks, diners are spoilt for choice, with a carefully curated selection of renowned Rieslings, Rosés and Champagnes that have mostly been sourced from small producers and family owned wineries.
For those who prefer a cocktail, Patina’s elegant cocktail menu offers a selection of the finest distilled spirits and mixers. Must-try is the heavenly ‘Honey Bee’ – a sweet Havana Club 3yo rum, topped with honey, lemon juice and leaves of mint.
Tip - Rock up early for pre-dinner drinks on the elegant garden furniture with a front row view of the Story Bridge. Entrees are available to share here and enjoy with a cocktail, wine or beer.
Need to know - For a more intimate group setting within Patina, guests can book Customs House’s private rooms, available for groups of ten to twenty-four. Custom House’s tradition of Champagne Tea and breakfast on Sundays (from 9am) continues at Patina.
Good to know - Patina is named after the iconic copper dome atop of Customs House which over time has oxidised to develop its distinct green colour.
The menu may have changed since our visit.
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399 Queen St