Alfred & Constance has a distinctively Queensland vibe. Maybe it’s the weatherboard house and the party lights but it just yells, “come in, relax, have a drink, EAT, enjoy our fun atmosphere and drink some more.” So we did.
There was nothing on the menu that didn’t tempt me so I spent plenty of time considering the options. For starters do we go with the southern fried chicken drumsticks with bourbon caramel sauce ($15.90) or the flame grilled lamb cutlets with yoghurt, tahini and garlic sauce ($16.90 for two). In the end we chose the blue swimmer crab cakes with hot pink mayo ($15.90 for 2) and the crispy calamari with sweet paprika mayo ($14.90). Crab cakes that were actually filled with crab and not a filler and the most tender calamari I’ve had in a long time. It was a happy start.
I actually had a tougher time choosing a main. I really wanted to try the pig carved from the whole hog and served with apple sauce, crackling and skin on potatoes (250g $32) or the slow roasted pork belly with smokey cauliflower puree and roast pear ($29.90) but in the end I went with duck, something I rarely order. Duck served with braised leek, lentils and quince ($32.90). It was the combo of braised leek, lentils and quince that got me in the end. Al went healthy again (what is going on here) and had the Cone Bay barra with lemon and sea salt crust, kipfler potatoes and sugar snap peas ($32.90).
Al’s fish dish was cooked perfectly and so pretty to look at with all of the fresh colours. After a mix-up with my main (I was served a beautiful looking bowl of gnocchi with roast pumpkin and walnuts ($27.90), the duck arrived and looked spectacular. It was a sweeter dish than I had anticipated, the quince, maybe a little overpowering for the leek and lentils but still a delicious flavour combo. Our side dish of sauteed peas, brussel sprouts, broccolini, bacon and pine nuts ($9) was a winner. I devoured most of this while waiting for my duckie.
A&C has a great atmosphere. The music is cool but not too loud so you can still talk without yelling. The service we experienced (thanks Cody) was thoughtful and friendly. There is plenty to look at (I especially liked the walk to the bathrooms) and the glow from the EAT sign. Check out the winter menu here, text your friends and go check it out!
Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 7am – late. Weekends 8am – late.
Corner Alfred & Constance Streets, Fortitude Valley.
Phone: (07) 3251 6500.
For the Love of Food dined as a guest of A&C and Lucid Media.