Alfred and Constance — Teneriffe Festival
Alfred & Constance pop-up restaurant, Teneriffe Festival
Ethical food. Simple. Homely. Back to basics. These are some of the tenants of the NEW Alfred and Constance menu as they steam roll ahead for a late September grand opening.
Alfred and Constance is a multi-faceted venue that encompasses a fully fledged gastro bar, beer garden, three bars, underground cellar, milk bar and dessert lounge. Entrepreneur Damian Griffiths & designer Alexander Loterzstain have teamed up with acclaimed patron chef, Jocelyn Hancock (formerly of Jocelyn’s Provisions) to create what is expected to be a truly spectacular venue.
The feature that sets A&C’s food apart from the pack is their unique artisanal wood fired brick oven which was custom built for the venue. Unlike a pizza oven, the artisanal oven is heated with charcoal and then the embers are removed and the heat is retained within the vessel (for up up 3 days). By removing the direct heat source, it makes the meat more juicy and tender and gives it more of a slow-cooked taste.The oven so large that A&C intend to use it to roast whole pigs, racks of ribs, whole chickens etc.
In terms of the ethical food concept, it is that the food is raised in a sustainable and appropriate manner. Animals are treated humanely and are grain fed to improve the freshness and taste. Guests will be able to order a whole roast pig and have it carved at the table, creating a communal feast experience.
The Brisbane Bites team were invited to sample the menu at the pop-up restaurant (sample of what A&C will be like when it opens at its official venue in September 2012) at the Teneriffe Festival on the 8th July 2012.
What we had
Bruschetta of roast pumpkin, caper & grilled haloumi
Great composition of flavours and textures. We loved the olive brushed toasted bruschetta which was crispy to perfection.
Tender, tender, tender! Say no more. Seeing the animal carved before our eyes was a show in itself. Can’t wait to see that in action at the A&C when it’s up and running
Lemon meringue tartlets
Pretty authentic lemonade! The lemon syrup at the bottom is out of this world and wheh mixed with the soda water, is incredibly refreshing. It was also pretty cool how they served it out of plastic jam containers. Very retro.
Author: Alexander Look
Photography: Kenneth Au (Canon 5D Mk ii)
Article sponsored by Alfred & Constance
Alfred & Constance (A&C)
132 Constance St, The Fortitude Valley