Emile & Solange
Emile and Solange is a charming little French-style fromagerie tucked away inside a gorgeous vintage Albion warehouse.
Named after the grandparents of the French owner, Emile and Solange is Brisbane north side’s go-to for artisan French and Australian cheeses as well as a range of saucissons and condiments and a smattering of crackers to accompany.
Here you’ll find a carefully curated selection of cheese from regions of France as well as the best cheese-making areas of Australia.
Must try are the French Alpine cheeses, which have their own distinct flavour (based on what the cows are chomping at high altitude), including the aged cows milk based Beaufort D’Alpage or the fragrant Abondance, and, from lower ground in Burgundy, the delicious Petit Berthaut, which has had its rind soaked in a local liquor.
Also recommended is the Raclette Livradoux, another Alpine offering that is made from raw cow’s milk and touted as the world’s most ‘meltable’ cheese, while another raw cow’s milk cheese, Fourme d’Ambert, from Auvergne, can be traced back to Roman times.
Camembert fans will find both world-renowned Herve Mons and Petit Normand Camembert from famous camembert maker Fromagerie Gillot. Another Normandy cheese, Petit Pont L’Eveque, hails from the 12th century where it was believed to have been created by Cisterian monks.
As well as cow’s cheese, Emile & Solange has a range of goats cheese, including Mini Cabecou du Perigord Rians, Vigneron form the Adelaide Hills and ‘Frolicky Goat’ by a local Brisbane cheese-maker.
In addition you’ll find the likes of Blue Stilton from the UK’s Clawson Dairy, Dutch Smoked cheese and, from Italy, Castel Regio’s Gorgonzola Picante Blue.
A selection of charcuterie includes La Boqueria from Pamplona, Spain, salamis and Emile and Solange will also be stocking hams.
A small array of gourmet providore items includes Mt Stirling (SA) marinated olives, olive oils (garlic-infused, blood orange and lemon myrtle) and Tapenades (including Green Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato and Black Olive).
Seed style mustards from 176 year old Burgundy mustard-maker Edmond Fallet include Moutarde au Cassis de Dijon (Blackcurrant Dijon) while little jars of Caremelicious (artisan French caramel from Victoria) come in flavours of vanilla, coffee, cocoa and salted butter.
Here's also the place to find Miellerie Untreated Honey (Tea Tree, Leatherwood or Nectar) and Membrillo (Quince Paste).
Lastly to finish the perfect cheese platter are Rolada (prune or fig and walnut or date and pistachio) and a small choice of crackers or Barossa Bark crispbread.
Need to know – On a table inside the front door is a Raclette Grill, which can be used in-store or, in the future, available for hire by customers.
Emile & Solange
10 Fox St