With Chatswood Chase’s recent revamp, Pattison’s has relocated from having only a food court counter to a space to call its own along with its own seating. Along one wall are tables found alongside an inbuilt couch seat, while in the middle of the store is one long wooden communal table. The back wall features chalkboard-style illustrations and the new shop space allows for a much extended display cabinet of Pattison’s goodies.
Pattison’s sells mainly sweets in both individual and larger to-share serving sizes. There is a much smaller range of savouries, also available in the two sizes, with the salmon quiche being a particular favourite of mine. Although they now have their own store, the process is still to purchase and collect items at the counter with drinks brought out by staff later.
However, the savouries will have to wait for another time as on this particular afternoon I find myself in the company of two of my favourite women – Wifey and Mistress – as well as my very new husband. We are here for coffee and cake and those two things alone. But first we must get past the issue of finding a table, and a clean one at that. It takes us several attempts to flag someone down to clear away used plates and coffee cups for us, with one staff member declaring he is busy (clearing another table for which there is no one waiting) and for us to ask someone else.
We eventually relocate with our plates of sweetness to a table that has already been cleared and wiped down, and before long our coffees arrive as well. I have my usual flat-white which comes decorated with a beautiful fern pattern. Between us we have several things, the first being a fruit tart with short and crumbly pastry. With me not being a custard fan, I also like how the tart isn’t filled with a thick, gungey yellow paste. Then there’s the cream éclair, one of my favourites at Pattison’s, with its light puffy choux pastry and wonderfully dairy-tasting (ie. not mock) cream filling.
The lemon tart is smooth with just the right amount of lemony tartness, and with filling which ever so slowly oozes when cut with a fork. And even with my custard bias, the crème brûlée is still a delight with its thick caramel topping although I’m not sure about its foil housing.
We relax with our cakes and disseminate the day’s events over coffees, before it’s off to dinner with some mad hatters.
Pattison’s Patisserie, Chatswood
Shop B050, Lower Ground level of Chatswood Chase, Chatswood NSW
Tel: (02) 9415 4333
Opening Hours: Mon-Wed 9:30am-5:30pm