|interior of the old industrial space|
Okay, I'll get down to it right away. Mr P. and I were somewhat disappointed. Although it is a lovely space with lots of interesting things to peruse (including all the old books we were sitting next to), we felt a bit left out. The staff were off-hand, including the young lady at the front who waved a vague hand to a table which had a Reserved sign on it already. So we didn't sit there! Our order of frîtes did not arrive, so I had to hunt them up. In fact, the young man didn't seem to know what frîtes were, or maybe it was our terrible French accent? Then I had to hunt up the herbed mayo which was supposed to come with. Not a good start folks.
|duck tartine $24 - it looks bigger than it was:)|
I chose a duck tartine, which as you may know, is an open-faced sandwich. No surprises there, but for $24 I expected something pretty whizz-bang. It ended up being a slice of bread which was near impossible to get into (frankly I would have needed a buzz-saw to access it) with a few thin slices of duck. I would've needed tweezers to pick out the slivers of fig, and a microscope for the wee dots of blue cheese. And of course, you get loads of (way too many) bitter greens to fill in the blank spots. Not happy Jan (as the old commercial goes.) Oh, but the incredibly fresh walnuts were fabulously crunchy.
|mushroom tartine $21.50|
Mr P. chose the champignons (aka mushroom) tartine with prosciutto and pecorino. Strangely the photo looks like blue cheese but it wasn't:) He mentioned that he thought the mushies would be warm; they weren't, so that was a bit odd to him. Not sure I would necessarily expect a warm topping on a sandwich, but that's Mr P. for you. The prosciutto was lovely, full of flavour and an elegant sufficiency. And I reckon he had a lot less of those nasty greens than I did:=)
|frîtes with herbed mayo $6|
Okay, so finally the frîtes came out, and finally we got the mayo. What can I say? They were fries, and they were fine, if a little lukewarm. And what's with the no-salt regime lately? Suddenly, fries are coming out here, there and everwhere sadly salt-free!
|sparkling blood orange with chilli $4|
|a kayak frame hanging from the ceiling|
The Pickings' Verdict: intriguing place to hang out, food overpriced in my opinion, and service a bit on the vague side, but I would like to go back just to try more things and see if I can catch the staff on a better day.
Vieille Branche is licensed, and open Tues to Fri 7.30am - 2.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 1.30pm
Sun 1pm - 6pm with Live Music
And they do weddings!
Ph: 07 3862 1840
10 Fox St., Albion Q 4010