Patina, the restaurant inside the CBD’s heritage-listed Customs House, opened in August 2018, replacing what was the ostensibly no-named Customs House Restaurant.
Now the restaurant its own entity, a destination. It has a $40,000 light installation; a marble bar top; and a blue, gold and black colour scheme.
The menu eschews traditional dining (entree, main, dessert) and is share-based. For example, you could begin with smoked-brisket steamed buns, chargrilled octopus, scallop ceviche, or grilled oyster mushrooms with shiitake cream. Larger plates include duck breast with pumpkin, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and a one-kilogram OP rib with chimichurri. The wine list prioritises small producers and family-owned wineries over large multinationals.
The name references Customs House’s iconic copper dome, which over time has turned green due to oxidisation.