WAHROONGA'S SHIN­ING STAR Cafe Patina re­viewed

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

Step­ping into the shoes of another long-held lo­cal es­tab­lish­ment is never an easy feat. Cafe Patina in Wahroonga opened last Oc­to­ber, and has since carved it­self out a fol­low­ing with a timely ap­proach to the prepa­ra­tion of food that makes it stand out from the run of the mill sub­ur­ban eatery.

An ethos of all things home­made hero­ing many of the dishes, in­clud­ing the milk flavour­ings, the peanut but­ter and even a home­made cola, makes Café Patina a breath of food pu­rity.

“We even fry the chips in lard rather than canola oil and make ev­ery­thing gluten-free,” says co-owner Hi­lary Wal­lace, a health coach and wife of the Chef.

Ev­ery­thing is pre­pared with great at­ten­tion to de­tail and care, borne out of a “health cri­sis” which forced Hi­lary to re­think her eat­ing habits. So the restau­rant serves the sort of food she eats at home, food “that my grand­mother would recog­nise - chem­i­cal-free and un­pro­cessed.

“The menu is Mod­ern Aus­tralian café food. We fo­cus on hon­est, whole food com­fort cook­ing, sup­port­ing re­gional pro­duc­ers and pro­vid­ing or­ganic pro­duce where pos­si­ble, with plenty of healthy di­etary al­ter­na­tives avail­able.”

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