Breakfast at Gerard's Bistro
Georgia McDermott | On 19, Sep 2015
You might almost walk straight past hidden treasure, Gerard’s Bistro as it lies tucked away in Gerard’s Lane.
Head Chef Ben Williamson (formally at 1889 Enoteca, Cha Cha Char and Urbane) creates distinctively Middle Eastern flavours in his cuisine, also reflected in the Moroccan-inspired dÃ©cor at Gerard’s. WilliamsonÂ invites Gerard’s diners to indulge in seasonal, local produce and unusual flavours for an experience that is designed to excite.
His creations reflect tastes of northern Africa and southern Europe, for a consistently unique and flavoursome dining experience.The setting,too, is far from minimalist with an array of textiles at play; from exposed concrete to carpeted floors, mosaic tiles to unique timber installations.
Renowned for its relaxed yet sophisticated dining, Gerard’s is now open for breakfast on weekends and makes the perfect rest-stop after indulging in some retail therapy in the ever-fabulous James Street precinct.
If you’re stopping by for a leisurely Sunday breakfast the shakshouka is sure to delight, with eggs baked in tomato, red peppers, merguez, blackened onion and yoghurt, served with two pieces of generously cut sourdough toast.
Or for something different try the breakfast mezze with za’atar flatbread, tomatoes, cucumber slices, mint, a little bowl of labne and strips of air dried beef – the flatbread is really delicious and unlike any breakfast offering in town.
The rosewater rice pudding with fresh berries, plum and pistachio sounded very tempting for a lighter breakfast option, too.Â Wash it all down with some coffee, a Virgin Mary or one of Gerard’s freshly squeezed juices.
Stop by Gerard’s Bistro for dinner Monday to Sunday, lunch Tuesday to Sunday or breakfast on the weekend for an extraordinary dining experience.