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HOT – Des Alpes Swiss Restaurant – 47 Blackwood St, Mitchelton.

Market-goers of Brisbane will know Blackwood St for its monthly Jan Power’s market day.  But did you know Blackwood St is also home to a lovely, ed unassuming, ask family run restaurant that serves delicious, honest, home-style Swiss cuisine?

Swiss food, like its people, is largely influenced by its neighbouring countries with the exception of course, of fondue which the Swiss can credit themselves for.   The menu at Des Alpes mostly takes on German and French style cuisine combined with traditional Swiss flavours and at the helm of the kitchen is a chef who can pump out a variety of eye fillet steaks at a rate of knots, always seemingly cooked to the customer’s specifications.

On our recent visit to Des Alpes we thought it would be remiss to not indulge in some fondue action, so for an entree the four of us shared a Swiss cheese fondue ($10.50pp).  The hot pot of melted Swiss cheese prepared with garlic, white wine and kirsch (brandy) was so rich, but so, so more-ish.

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something fun and child-like about being able to stab pieces of bread with a skewer and swish it around in a gooey pit of cheese….

We also shared a small pot of the escargot, out of the shell served with mushroom sauce and a pastry top ($12.50).  I’m not a huge fan of snails, but at the same time I don’t dislike them; I guess the most noteworthy thing about the Des Alpes snails is that they weren’t overpowered with garlic, which was a nice change.

After practically licking the pot of cheese clean it was always going to be a struggle with mains – a word of warning, go easy on the fondue, and make sure you wash it down with white wine or Coke to help with digestion.

I decided to have the Zurich geschnetzeltes ($26.50); sliced veal in mushroom cream sauce served with Swiss rosti potatoes and salad.  The veal was tender and the mushroom sauce full of flavour and thankfully not too salty.  The rosti potatoes were like a little piece of hash brown heaven!

MM had the prime eye fillet steak with homemade Bernaise sauce ($27.50) also served with rosti potatoes.  The tender steak fillet was cooked medium rare as requested and the Bernaise was delicious.

PM, although with much deliberation, opted for the eye fillet steak Chasseur with sautéed bacon, mushrooms and shallot ($27.50).

CM tried his luck with the eye fillet steak Provencal with tomatoes, herbs and garlic butter ($27.50).

Again, the steaks were both cooked to perfection and the subtle addition of traditional sauce/toppings makes each dish slightly different but equally delightful.

Somehow we managed to squeeze in dessert.  CM & PM shared the parfait flambé Grand Marnier ($12.50).  The home made orange and Grand-Marnier ice cream was chocolate coated and flambé with cognac – another novelty dish for the evening – what is it about flames and food that makes an evening so exciting?!

MM and I shared a serving of the creamy profiteroles ($8.50) drizzled in smooth chocolate sauce.

The Des Alpes experience was yet another exercise in over indulgence, which of course we thoroughly enjoyed.  The staff are friendly and you can tell they are considered an extension of the owners’ family as there is such a warm and caring vibe about this restaurant.  The meals, whilst not the prettiest, are honest and home made with love.

Des Alpes is open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday and lunch Friday to Sunday.  On market days they are open for breakfast and lunch.

  • Des Alpes Swiss Restaurant – 47 Blackwood St, Mitchelton +61 7 3355 9627
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