Restaurant Reviews

Gerard’s Bistro: Restaurant review

Address

14/15 James St
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Hours

Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-10pm

Prices

Shared dishes $5-$62
D $8-$16

REVIEW

It seems apt to begin your modern Middle Eastern journey with a little spice. Gerard's smoked harissa Margarita will do the trick – a preview of what the team has coming your way in this artfully designed space with its subtle nods to the Levant. Each plate will compete to be more charismatic and intriguing than the last, with bold flavours uniting in harmony. The snap and pop of burghul cracker topped with Paroo kangaroo and indigo-hued scampi caviar is the perfect beginning, followed by the likes of the earthy, rich caramelised blood cake paired with pickled daikon, toum, cured egg yolk and shaved bottarga. More delicate, lightly poached hapuka should not be overlooked; its lingering chilli warmth offset by caramelised tahini and the salty crunch of sea succulents. The only thing you won't want to share is dessert – sorrel ice-cream beneath a porcini meringue.
Phone:
(07) 3852 3822
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Breakfast
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Ben Williamson
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.