14/15 James Street, For titude Valley
Take a break from busy James Street to get comfortable in Gerard’s Bistro: a cosy and relaxed haven for patrons who love seeing local produce transformed into fine dining. Gerard’s Bistro is named after the French mathematician, Gérard Laumon, and this inspiration is carried into the design, where hard lines and geometric shapes define the beautiful space.
The sophisticated atmosphere lends itself to romantic date nights, but the setting is also perfect for dining with friends or even enjoying one’s own company. Gerard’s Bistro has quickly grown a reputation for attentive service and fine food in a relaxed, yet refined setting. Gerard’s Bistro combines the hearts and minds of brothers, Elie, Johnny and Mel, their sister, Katie Moubarak, and Head Chef, Ben Williamson. Together, the team found inspiration from the family’s Lebanese heritage, combined with Ben’s experience travelling throughout the Middle East.
By reaching into their roots and combining this with modern Australian sensibilities, they’ve created a diverse and unique offering that attracts both loyal locals and travelling foodies. Their focus on shifting their customers’ perceptions of casual dining to fine dining standards has won them a number of awards and accolades.
Start your meal with a glass of bubbles and then order a wine to match your meal. Their global list incorporates tipples from near and far, from Marlborough sauvignon blanc to Italian fiano, French Beaujolais and South Australian shiraz. There’s even a Queensland Raven’s Croft Tempranillo on offer.
Dishes here are designed for ‘pairing and sharing’ – so if you find yourself overwhelmed by choice, ask your waiter when selecting your food.
To that end, the menu is comprised of sharing plates that range from the ‘out there’ and experimental to the homely and comforting. To start, there’s Organic Bread and Smoked Butter, huge Angasi Oysters served with cultured yoghurt dressing and thyme oil, and their famous Bekaa Chicken Wings with kishk yoghurt and rose.
For your next course, there’s a diverse offering of both carnivorous and vegetarian eats – such as the Whole Smoked Eggplant with turmeric and mint, and the Morasa Polow (jewelled rice), which hold their own next to the Suckling Pig with fermented pumpkin or the Slow-Roasted Brisket served with seasonal sides.
End your meal with Summer Melon Granita with yoghurt sorbet and fermented chilli, alongside Bay Leaf Custard with charred apricot ice cream (it’s a sharing menu, after all). Alternatively, wind down with a digestive drink, such as an Amaro (they have four different varieties), an Espresso Martini or a Fine Fig Feature: Martel VS Cognac, Pedro Ximinez Sherry, spiced syrup, lime juice and apple juice. Gerard’s is a place where you come for the food but return to for the cocktails and the elegant atmosphere.