There is something very comforting about the Gerard’s Bistro dining space. I see it as a modern take on 70s chic with warm tones, cool tiles, large comfortable dining chairs and floaty curtains. It’s confident without being flashy and a perfect venue to celebrate with Al, Miss P and M on what has been a very eventful year.
Al and I had previously sampled the magic of Gerard’s for breakfast so we knew what to expect. You can read about that experience here.
We decided we’d share all of our dishes so our dinner began with fried cauliflower, tahini, ras el hanout (a spice mix from North Africa), smoked almonds and pomegranate ($12)
Served at the same time was the suckling pig, peach and walnuts ($32) which Al so expertly portioned into four tasty serves. Next was the beautifully presented coal-grilled broccolini, kale, shallot oil and lemon ($10) along with the ‘Morasa Polow’ Iranian sweet rice, saffron, sour cherry, almond, pistachio and pomegranate ($10) and the Saltbush lamb ‘tagine’, pickled dates and carrot, candied orange and green olive ($22).
After a little rest and while enjoying the last of the Oregon Pinot ‘Evesham Wood’ we decided to finish our meal with summer berries, whipped cheese, orange blossom, white chocolate and mastic ice cream ($16) and smashed chocolate, Turkish delight and pistachio curd ($16).
(Mastic is an aromatic gum or resin exuded from the bark of a Mediterranean tree, used in making chewing gum and as a flavouring. Apparently it’s closely related to the pistachio).
The chocolate dessert, although richly flavoured with bitter chocolate and intense pistachio curd was no match for the artfully presented whipped cheese, berries and ice cream. This was a cracking dessert, beautifully balanced and light. A perfect way to end the meal.
In my humble opinion, Gerard’s takes the award for the most beautifully presented food I’ve experienced in 2013. It’s art on a plate but more importantly, it delivers on flavour and lots of it. Head chef Ben Williamson and the Gerard’s team have a lot to be proud of!
It’s the type of restaurant where you’d feel equally comfortable dining alone at the bar, with a large group of friends or a romantic date night. If you haven’t experienced Gerard’s, then add it to your ‘must go list’ in 2014 for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Open Tues – Sun: 12:00 pm – late
Open for breakfast Sat & Sun: 8am -11:30am
ph: 3852 3822
Gerard’s Lane, 14 /15 James St, Fortitude Valley