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“Almost there but needs something extra” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gerard's Bistro

Gerard's Bistro
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Ranked #45 of 4,266 Restaurants in Brisbane
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $27
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Persian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Awarded Brisbane Times Restaurant of the Year for 2014/15, Gerard's Bistro is a critic favourite, located among James Street's stylish restaurant and retail offerings. Diners' taste buds are taken on a journey across the Middle East with Head Chef, Ben Williamson's Levantine inspired share plates. The drinks menu is an original international list, crafted to complement the bistro's flavourful food offering. Adventurous breakfasts, which stay true to the restaurant's Mediterranean roots, are available on weekends.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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252 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Almost there but needs something extra”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

I took two friends for the 6-8 setting as so many restaurants need to turn around two sittings - the food is tasting plates and it was recommended we'd had two to three each - - we seemed to choose a lot of meat dishes and there only seemed to have two or three seafood/fish dishes. We chose 7 but as the recommended last course was huge - slow cooked brisket with accompaniments but again with more bread - think we could have chosen four plus that. The waiters do "fly" and I think we should have asked for more help to get a better balanced meal result (our fault). Memorable was the old Riesling we drank (2002) by bottle and by glass and of the food I would recommend the goat, the baked aubergine, Baked beetroot and the slow roast waygu brisket at the end of menu could be a main course easily, with the baked cauliflower. I thought the charcuterie plate was pretty ordinary in its presentation and didn't like the suspended grain bread and thought the meats could have been presented with more respect with more pickled vegetables to cut the fat taste of the charcuterie. We did run late so no time for desert as our table was required at 8 and we were respectfully asked to vacate and we were given our half bottle of wine to leftover to depart - would I go again yes. Bill for three was $300 with two bottles of wine - very similar to Chiswick Sydney although their menu slightly better and a little more expensive.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney
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112 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Sensational food & ambience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

To optimise your experience here make sure you go with a number of people so you can order lots of share dishes. All the dishes we tried were great. The wine list was comprehensive and had some interesting wines.

Dish to rave about was the wagyu brisket - the flesh melted in my mouth. The accompanying little dishes of eggplant and onion set the dish off nicely. Also had the cauliflower dish which was very tasty too.

  • Visited October 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Avoid like the plague”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

We went here a week ago as a group of 6. We had to wait 30 minutes to have our order taken and an additional 2 hours for the mains to arrive. The waitress we had was extremely rude and was unapologetic about the wait time. When the meals finally arrived half were luke-warm/cold as if they had been sitting there for a while waiting for the other meals to be prepared. Serving sizes were small and very overpriced. Terrible experience from a very novice restaurant posing as fine dining. AVOID!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Fantastic food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We dined here on a busy Saturday night, staff were attentive though some a little forgetful. The food was well presented and served to us in an order to compliment each dish we chose. There were a large range of dishes to choose from and our selection was delicious. The wine selection was good. I would definitely eat here again and recommend.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

I've been here four times and each has been very good. Definitely go the beef. I've always ordered to much, watch for the up sell on dishes. Service quite good, sometimes lost, but very friendly and knowledgeable. I'll be back.

Visited September 2013
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