Arlette’s Kitchen is one of Brisbane’s real hidden treasures – an historic Albion corner store that has been turned into a gorgeous French-Vietnamese cafe serving breakfast and lunch.
Tucked down in a bit of no-man’s land behind Albion railway station, Arlette’s Kitchen is a charming dining oasis worth checking out.
Inside is one of Brisbane’s most charming settings, with fairy lights strung across the ceiling, polished floors, candlelit tables, cosy dining nooks and walls adorned with French vintage posters and Vietnamese paintings.
The succinct food menu offers a blend of delectable French and Vietnamese classics with a creative twist.
All day breakfast fare ranges from French crepes with forest fruits and chocolate gelato, to zucchini, haloumi and corn fritters with petit salad and poached egg, and The Daredevil - smashed avocado on multigrain toast with black pudding, seared scallops and Vietnamese herb salad.
Lunch, served from 11:30am, includes small plates of smoked salmon and cream cheese crioches, barbecue duck bao buns, and crumbed lamb brains with horseradish cream.
Otherwise, a seasonal menu, updated every four weeks, consists of classic Vietnamese fare such as spicy beef noodle soup, Northern Vietnamese twice cooked pork belly, and vegan pho rolls.
Child-friendly, littlies can choose from mini crepes with seasonal fruit and vanilla gelato, plain croissants, and butter and vegemite fingers served with chocolate milk, babycino or mini fire engine.
Drink wise, there’s Elixir espresso, T2 teas, specialty lattes made with coconut milk, traditional Vietnamese iced-coffee, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and milkshakes.
Arlette’s Kitchen is fully licensed. After 10am, customers can wine and dine with wines from NZ, SA, WA, Victoria and France, bubbly from France and Australia and a couple of ports. Customers can BYO wine for a corkage charge.
Need to know - You'll find Arlette's Kitchen on the corner of Albion Rd and Mawarra St on the west side of Albion Station, For Uber purposes use 'Arlette's Kitchen' as the address. There is ample parking available on the streets nearby.
By Deb Lidster
59 Albion Rd