Confit Bistro — Fortitude Valley
French style decadence at 10AM in the morning… not bad! We’re not talking about champagne (or at least you’d hope not) but rather the new-ish French inspired brunch menu at The Fortitude Valley’s Confit Bistro.
The Brisbane Bites team was invited to try out all the deliciousness that Confit has to offer on Saturday the 30th of June 2012. Having interviewed our waitress, it seems that Confit has been doing a breakfast menu for quite some time. However, it is only recently that they have decided to roll together their distinct breakfast and lunch menus into one all-day brunch style menu. I’d say that’s in response to the increasing amount of us who love a weekend sleep in and strolling down mid afternoon for breakfast. Well, it certainly works for us!
To give a background, Confit was established about three years ago by acclaimed Executive Chef Jason Peppler (formerly of The Fortitude Valley’s Isis Brasserie, now Ortiga, and Toowong’s Two Small Rooms). Brisbane Bites had a chat with him a while ago and his aspirations to create “good and relatable food”definitely shines through with his brunch menu.
What we had
Finally! Somewhere that does a latte just right! There was the right amount of foam on top the hot milk. The coffee blend was a bit stronger and bitter than I am personally used to, but it was equally enjoyed. The cup it was served in was pretty funky…matching with the saucer too!
Savoury Crepes filled with duck confit and sautéed wild mushrooms, sauce mornay and frisee salad — $18.90
Certainly a one of a kind menu masterpiece in Brisbane. Granted, the mornay sauce was rich and creamy, it was delectably tasty. Here at Brisbane Bites, we love to see duck on a breakfast menu. The mushrooms were plump and juicy and the salad provided decent visual and textual contrast which balanced out the meal nicely.
Croque Madame (house made Brioche, double smoked ham, poached egg, sauce choron, frisee salad) — $17.90
Cheese, cheese, cheese! The filling of the croque madame was spot on in line with my wonderful reminiscent memories of my travels across Europe. The double smoked ham fresh and vibrant and cut through the creaminess of the sauce choron (similar to Hollandaise sauce, but instead of lemon, typically using tomato puree, shallot, parsley, peppercorn and tarragon).
The free range poached egg was done with the perfect amount of runny-ness inside.
It is true that typically a Croque Madame uses crispy, buttered bread instead of butter & egg enriched brioche, as used in Confit Bistro, but the variation was still enjoyable and offered a sort of twist to the traditional.
What we think
The menu offers authentic French fare at a decent price. The meals are good size and surprisingly filling. The ambiance is quite and relaxed with pleasing mahogany hued decor.
Shop 4/ 9 Doggett St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Open Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday
Open Lunch: Wednesday — Sunday
Open Dinner Tuesday — Saturday