Alfred & Constance has given new life to the quieter end of Fortitude Valley. Away from the Brunswick Mall is a Queenslander that has been transformed under the hand of Damien Griffiths. This new venue has large appeal to the masses – catering to those in search of a Tiki Bar and dancing all night long or those who want dinner and drinks all in the same venue. It’s one place that you want to be seen.
For those who long for something sweet and those that crave a midnight snack, you can come down to Alfred’s Cafe. During the day, it’s a cafe. By night, it’s a late-night dessert bar. Their tempting offerings are pictured below. All for a cool $14.50. There’s also the option of natural yoghurt or ice cream with various fruits, syrups and fresh seasonal sauce combinations for $7.50 – sounds great for summer! A whole case of decadent cakes where you order your dessert may mean that you might just have to have an extra slice of cake and eat it too.
On a cold winter’s night, the crackling fireplace will attract other late-night sweet tooths like a bear to honey. Winter is synonymous with warm puddings. So naturally we tried a soft-centred chocolate pudding with almond praline dust and vanilla ice cream. The mix of warm, oozy chocolate and cold vanilla ice cream is a combination that you cannot go wrong with. The chocolate is super rich and for a person that isn’t all that huge on chocolate it was a little too much for me so it’s good that there was ice cream to play down that bittersweet richness.
The sticky date pudding with butterscotch ice cream and vanilla custard sauce was my favourite dessert on the night. It was gooey and sticky and not overly sweet. The natural sweetness of the dates was enhanced with that delicious vanilla custard sauce. I only wish that I could have a whole jug of that to drink on it’s own! Maybe I’ll have to have a nip of brandy next time I get this dessert… yummm.
The crisp, fluffy waffle comes with generous scoops of tart limoncello gelato and a pretty little quenelle of lemon curd. Again, the combination of warm and cold makes my mouth all kinds of excited. Fresh, citrus and a light dust of icing sugar make this a nice refreshing dessert that isn’t super rich or sweet.
There’s a few offering of dessert wines as well as espresso martinis using Vittoria coffee. A nice selection of teas and coffees are also available from the dessert bar. There is also supposedly an alcoholic juice and smoothie station which I must try next time!
Head in for dessert and rug up next to the fireplace. Winter is here and so is dessert.
This place takes the award for: best place to get a midnight snack that actually takes good.
Alfred & Constance late-night dessert bar
Opens 7 days a week, until late
Corner Alfred & Constance Streets, Fortitude Valley
I ate as a guest on behalf on Alfred & Constance and Lucid Media.