The Patch, Tomakin

A wonderful surprise on the South Coast

I have been planning on writing another blog post, for The Patch in Tomakin on the NSW South Coast, since I visited in late August. I had a wonderful invite from Sally Burleigh PR to attend this awesome newly renovated eatery inside Tomakin Sports & Social Club.

Tomakin is a small seaside village on the south coast of New South Wales between the major towns of Batemans Bay and Moruya and I wouldn’t have even known it existed if not for the invite – now I want to eat there all the time but it is an hour and quarter drive from the folks place and a 4.25hr drive from home hahaha.

The Venue

Another venue that Sally does the PR for so you know it’s going to be grand even before you arrive. From the outside, it doesn’t look special as it’s in a club and the car park side hasn’t been renovated, but once you enter the restaurant it’s worthy of waterfront at Bondi. And it is kind of waterfront, with only the outdoor area and then a grass section before the Tomaga River runs by. The Patch is located about 15min from Moruya and is worth it for a South Coast holiday or a destination restaurant, but you’ll either need a designated driver or local accommodation as the cocktail are epic, as you can see by mum one of my pics.⁣

The People

The food is on another level and the staff were exceptional, we visited on a quiet weekday so the staff chatted with us.⁣

They made cocktails better than most places in Sydney and it was nice to enjoy the coastal friendliness and hospitality that is well away from the attitude of people paying Sydney rent.

I even got all the kitchen staff involved in a photo – and no one saying “I don’t want my pic taken.”

I have forgotten our waitresses name but she looked exactly like Arya Stark, which mum pointed out at every opportunity,

The Food

Now based on the pics we ordered for about ten people but they knew I was taking pics so we didn’t eat everything but they brought heaps of dishes for me to photograph.

The mains were all items that you would pay a fortune for in Sydney and they tasted heaps better haha. I had the Surf and Turf and I will eat it again!!⁣ I actually believe the Surf and Turf was a special or they have removed it, I cannot locate it on the menu.

The corn ribs were marvellous, the parents had never tried it and loved that they represented ribs. Mum had the salmon and loved it – but she loved the fancy gin cocktails the most. Mike had the crispy pork belly, which I would have had. Mike and I have the same taste, so I choose two dishes, then ask what he is ordering and then order the other haha, anyway, he loved it, as did I, the sides were marvellous and it was cooked perfectly.

I adored the surf and turf, it is one dish that if I am reviewing the venue I must have if it’s on the menu, same with affogatos, bone marrow, and brussels sprouts, but I digress. The dessert plate was a work of art, it is like a sampler of three desserts and they will all blow your mind.

We took the pizza home but it was gas fired in an epic oven and it was a beautiful pizza to devour!

There is only one dish I could fault – the Crab Toast – the toast was burnt and it wasn’t up to the level of every other plate – it was literally the first thing we ate and it was quickly forgotten.

What we were served…

Crab toast – Lemon mayonnaise, celery & chives

Grilled calamari – Chilli & orange emulsion, chorizo & roasted almonds & red bell peppers

Spicy corn ribs – Lime, pecorino & coriander mayonnaise

Crispy Pork Belly – Red cabbage puree & Golden apple

Grilled BBQ Octopus served with mixed leaves, lemon wedges with cherry tomatoes and balsamic glaze

The Salmon – Market fish, capers & lemon brown butter sauce, tomato salad

Roasted Chicken Maryland served with soft polenta and pan sautéed asparagus

The Surf and Turf (not sure if on the menu anymore)

Prosciutto & Rocket Pizza – Fresh prosciutto di parma, mozzarella, rocket & shaved parmesan

Dessert Plate – Mixed cheesecake, tiramisu & chocolate mousse

In Conclusion

I cannot rave about this venue enough – it is in a town with a population of 1000 or so, I imagine in summer that balloons significantly. The food was near on perfection and worthy of awards. We cannot thank Sally B for the invite enough and we stand and applaud all the staff for making us feel so welcome and for serving so many beautiful dishes.

If you are in the Moruya area, stay the night and head on in to The Patch to thoroughly enjoy yourselves, thank me later!

SCORE BREAKDOWN: 3/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets & 1/1 bonus

*** Spooning Australia was invited, with thanks, to this meal and overnight stay by ***

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The Patch Deets



02 4474 7000


The Patch, 71 Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin NSW 2537



Medium – most expensive dish on their website is the The Patch Shared Platter of the day for $80 – it serves 2-4 people

Opening Hours


1130am to 230 pm (Wednesday to Sunday)


530 to 8 pm (Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday)

430 to 830 pm (Friday and Saturday)

Vegetarian Options

I don’t believe so

Local Delivery

Gluten-Free Options

Kid Friendly

Full Licensed Only