Is there anything more enticing than a cheese platter paired with a wine flight? Add your BFFs – and even better goss – and you’ve got the makings of an epic catch-up. Up the fancy factor by celebrating Bastille Day on July 14 with a French-inspired fromage and wine soiree at one of the Valley’s Francophile establishments, or fill a picnic basket with sweet pastry treats. Bon appetit!
Agnes Wine Bar
Welcoming walk-ins to its wine bar, Agnes dishes up the French fancies that have Brisbane swooning. Pull up a stool and enjoy an aperitif, digestif or wine from the impressive drinks list with snacks such as oysters, malted sourdough and beef tartare, or indulge in raspberry mille-feuille and Basque cheesecake for dessert.
The cosy old-world surrounds of Baedeker Bar on Constance Street are perfect for indulging. Book an exclusive soiree for a long lunch or night out in The Garden, or head behind the revolving bookcase to The Cellar to indulge in a two- or three-course meal package. Weekly, seasonal and degustation menus available with matched wines from Australia and around the world for each course – ooh la la.
Brisbane’s newest French brasserie and aperitivo bar Bisou Bisou (“kiss, kiss” in French) at Hotel X is the Valley’s must-visit spot for revolutionary cheese and wine pairings. With breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar snacks and dessert menus plus a fromage trolley full of French and Australian cheeses, Bisou Bisou is *chef’s kiss* for gourmet Gallic grub, fancy cocktails and a stellar selection of French, Aussie and Kiwi wines.
French Kiss Pastry
No need to lift a finger – French Kiss Pastry will do all the heavy lifting for you with freshly baked desserts and gourmet French cheese platters delivered to your door. The online patisserie operating out of McWhirters will wow with the most incredible sweets you can imagine, such as macarons, tarts, petite cakes and delicate pastries. Select your choice of soft or hard cheese and crisp wafer crackers and add caviar for added French flair.
Tucked into a laneway on Alfred Street, La Valle Wine & Bottle Shop has all provisions available for you to sip and snack on site or take away some vino. Dine outside for prime-people watching options, or cosy up inside with curated cheese and charcuterie platters, pâtés and street-style focaccias paired with wine from the 200-strong list.
Enjoy joie de vivre at this Wickham Street Parisian steakhouse bistro, which specialises in the French classic, steak frites, but also serves up a mean baked Camembert and Chardonnay, with onion confit and warm baked bread, of course. Don’t forget to crack into a crème brulee dessert as well. Book online to secure your seat and let the good times and French wine flow!
Imbued with savoir-faire, savour the classic ambience of The Parlour. A new addition to the Valley within the La Costa dining precinct on Brunswick Street, this stylishly moody bar channels the artistic vibe of poets and intellectuals with decadent cocktails, cheese and charcuterie boards and a delicious list of wines, beer and ciders, including sparkling magnums of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial French Champagne, if you dare.
The Prince Cellars
Got your food provisions sorted? Complete your so-Frenchy-so-chic spread with a bottle or two of France’s finest. The Prince Cellar bottle shop on Wickham Street is open until midnight daily, and the knowledgeable staff will steer you in the direction of a great drop for any budget. Whether you’re after a full-bodied Burgundy or a crisp Blanc de Blancs Champagne, we adore the range available at this independent wine store.
Image: Baedeker Bar
— February 2020