14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
07 3852 3822
Take a break from the trendy and always busy James Street to get comfortable in Gerard’s Bistro – a cosy and relaxed haven for patrons who love local produce being 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 cosy and 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, Mel and sister Katie Moubarak with that of Head Chef, Ben Williamson. Together, the team found inspiration from the brothers’ Lebanese heritage, combined with Ben’s experience traveling throughout the Middle East.
By reaching into their Middle Eastern 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 customers’ perception of casual dining with fine dining high standards has won them a number of awards and accolades.
Early in the day, try the fig and barberry sourdough toast, served with whipped cultured butter and James Street rooftop honey; or be adventurous and go for a twist on a classic with their rosewater rice pudding, with fresh berries, sour peach and pistachio. If you have a craving for eggs, you can’t go wrong with their Baghdad eggs fried in cumin with garlic, mint and lemon on flatbread, served with tahini yoghurt. Pair any of these selections with a Damascus rose bud iced tea with saffron rock candy, and you’ll be ready to face the day.
If you manage to secure a booking for dinner, start with the perfectly flavoured Moonlight Flat oysters, shucked to order and served with buttermilk and smoked chilli; or if you sway towards poultry, go for the crisp chicken skins served with Aleppo kimchi custard and barberry salt.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to their hearty share plates, with options ranging from vine leaf bound quail with almonds and rose, served with caramelised fig and smoked curd; to free range duck Fesenjan in saffron, pomegranate and walnut sauce. If you’re after heavier meats, there’s slow-cooked lamb, and slow roasted wagyu brisket on the menu – perfect for sharing.
End your meal by indulging in a delicate hazelnut praline served with milk chocolate ice cream and a translucent roasted almond milk jelly, or pick any of the winners from the extensive cocktail list. Lavazza Espressotini is a perfect closer for the night, or if you’re looking to keep the party going you can never go wrong with a Hemingway Daiquiri – Havana three year old rum with Maraschino Liqueur, grapefruit juice, simple gomme and fresh lime juice.
Come for the food, fall in love with the atmosphere and return for the cocktails. This is one gem you’ll be visiting over and over.