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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 5, 2020

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The Corner of Alfred & Constance Street

Tiernan Silcock

I love food, and I love big servings of food. There is absolutely nothing worse than spending an exorbitant amount on a meal that takes up a quarter of your plate, no matter how good that teensy morsel is. Luckily, upon IMG_1944venturing to Alfred and Constance for the first time, I was not disappointed.

Opening late last year, this unique restaurant is nestled within Fortitude Valley and combines the idyllic and rustic feel of an Australian pub with that of an island getaway. The venue is divided into sections that encompass differing wacky themes and dining options. These include the Tiki Bar, which offers crazy flaming cocktails, or Alfred’s Café, which offers a more subdued atmosphere with snack foods and coffee. The areas feature a confusing and eclectic mix of items such as deer heads, palm trees, chandeliers and street signs, all of which somehow works to give Alfred and Constance a distinctive ambiance.

I had the opportunity to have dinner within the Vanguard Beer Garden Restaurant, which overlooks the open plan kitchen, woodfire grill and oven. The menu has a wide range of meal options and portion sizes, with entrees around $14 and mains ranging in price from $29 to $58. I ordered the lamb shank, and it was close to the best I have ever had. It was definitely value for money, as were the wonderful cocktail jugs. There was a bit of a wait on food given it was relatively quiet, however the exceptional quality of the food more than made up for it.

IMG_1943Overall, I had an incredible dining experience. I couldn’t have asked for better service, with all of the staff friendly and attentive. The atmosphere and décor was different to anything I have experienced before in Brisbane, with such a versatile venue ensuring each visit will be different.

I plan to go back very soon!