Why didn't I know sooner? I accidently discovered that The Cheese Pleaser has opened a Delicatessen and Fromagerie in Brisbane CBD. They were open for 8 days before I stumbled across it. It is located at Shop 5, 158 Adelaide Street in the city and is easy to miss. Firstly, it is TINY. Secondly, from outside it looks like a lot of other little take-away cafes. Inside though, it was a different story. It was doing a roaring trade with lunch-time office workers waxing lyrical about cheese in all its guises and how it's about time Brisbane had a "proper" cheese shop like Sydney. Inside, you will love the delicious branding.
The shop is a collaboration between a mother and son dynamic duo. Sebastiaan de Kort is a chef who trained at the popular Brisbane restaurant Moda: and his mum Sharyn has been in the cheese industry for years. They are as passionate about cheese as I am but far more knowledgeable than I pretend to be, and happy to share that knowledge. They told me that they are dedicated to sourcing great produce (locally where possible) that's fresh and seasonal.
Bruschetta and brioche with rosella jam (image by writer)
The lunch menu changes daily and includes salads, cheese platters, bruschetta, brioche with rosella jam, artisanal toasties and Croque Monsieur (my favourite). There is a hot Special of the Day, to take away, such as oven roasted Scenic Rim chicken with rosemary and kipfler potatoes. All breads served are made locally.
They also stock charcuterie and gourmet cheeses, including the hard to source raclette. In fact, one of their salads is potatoes with raclette. They also sell olives, oils, crackers, chocolate, nougat, pastes and other cheese accompaniments. They are planning to have a self-service cheese fridge at the front of the shop.
The Cheese Pleaser offers a gift service with all kinds of cheese hampers - perfect for picnics or a present for any occasion. They will also cater for weddings (with a Wedding Cheesecake), corporate events and parties - big or small. I haven't tried their cheese tables or cheese platters but the response on Face Book was very positive.