Brisbane’s first cheese restaurant has arrived!
30 May 2016
Brisbane has its very own cheese focussed dining spot? You’ve gouda be kidding me! From brie to cheddar, parmesan to goat curd and povolone, there’s no doubt every foodie will find a cheese to please at Fromage the Cow. This charming cafe and fromagerie just opened on Milton’s Park Road, with the unmissable blue cow out the front signposting Brisbane’s latest addition to the ‘must try’ cafe bucket list. If the promise of a cheese cabinet isn’t enough to entice you, the rich aroma of coffee and the staff’s French accents definitely will, whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The breakfast menu is a fusion of French technique and Australian cafe classics, with generous servings and an obvious tribute to dairy. The quintessential avo smash gets a makeover with the addition of goats cheese mousse and roasted sesame dukka, or you can ditch the breakfast roll for a Monte Cristo breakfast sandwich with leg ham and gruyere in brioche French toast. Baked eggs are replaced by brie en cocotte with baked eggs, pumpkin, morcilla sausage and sourdough, but even the granola lovers aren’t forgotten – the spiced poached pear features warmed grains, sweetened goats curd, vanilla anglaise and roasted nuts. There’s also the three cheese omelette, Irish warerabbit, bacon and eggs, and sourdough toast – but our pick was the roasted mushrooms. Cheese and mushrooms are a match made in heaven, and the roasted mushrooms with parmesan custard, basil pistou and seasoned greens on sourdough lived up to every expectation! Incroyable! If you resist the urge to cosy up next to the fireplace, there are hot drinks and tasty treats to takeaway including pastries and cheesy (of course) toasted sandwiches. The lunch and dinner menu is equally as impressive with a distinctly French flavour. Entrees including French onion soup with cheese gratin, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, crab risotto with lemon mascarpone and cheese soufflé, while mains are the likes of grilled pork with brie, gnocchi with truffle and pecorino, sirloin with whipped gorgonzola and trout with goat cheese. As if you weren’t already spoilt for choice, there’s also charcuterie, fondue and cheese platters to share, and a bar menu. And then there’s dessert – licorice root cheesecake, white chocolate panna cotta, ricotta with figs and honey, because who says you can’t have cheese for dessert? If you’d prefer to leave it up to the professionals, there’s the “wine and cheese” option with a set three drinks perfectly paired with three cheeses – all you have to do is choose between the white, red, bubbles, pink, sweet or beer! Pay homage to fromage with French flair and Australian hospitality at Fromage the Cow. Now open at 14 Park Road, Milton, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and cheese! Words by Kat Gridley Images by Judit Losh