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Gerard’s Bistro
Middle Eastern
  • 14/15 James St,
    Fortitude Valley,
    Brisbane, QLD
  • (07) 3852 3822,
    www.gerardsbistro.com.au
  • Breakfast Sat-Sun 8am-11am

    Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-10pm

Gerard’s Bistro
-27.456352,153.038883

A kitchen pass framed with mismatched timber and pickling jars should be your first clue that Gerard's is no jardin-variety bistro. Then there's the frequent use of geometric patterns, the room's eye-popping palette of blues and greens, and splashes of Lebanese red on the brilliant wine list (by the glass, no less) - all pointed reminders this loud Fortitude Valley diner is a long way from France. Most telling, however, is Ben Williamson's single-page menu of Middle Eastern and North African savoury dishes. Richly charred octopus tentacles accented emphatically with chilli and green strawberries are typical of Williamson's thinking, just as rosewater scented watermelon cubes keep local spanner crab on-brand. Staff cheerily decode the menu (laham nayeh, incidentally, is lamb tartare made magical with cured egg yolk and preserved lime). Composed desserts such as the goat's milk posset maintain the energy through to the finish.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • Shared dishes $8-$62

    D $14-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Breakfast
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Ben Williamson

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