The cheese and charcuterie spot we can never go past
20 Jun 2016
If you’re anything like us, your favourite things in life are cheese, wine and cheese. Throw in some charcuterie, cocktails and a gourmet cheeseburger or two, and we’re one happy foodie – which is why Gerard’s Bar, where we can get all of the above and then some, is one of our favourite spots in all of Brisbane. Tucked away behind leafy James Street, this European inspired spot has been quietly serving up some of the best tapas and drinks in town for just over two years now, both in their suave industrial interior and outdoors on the fairy lit terrace. Little sister to Gerard’s Bistro, the Brisbane bar and charcuterie is the ultimate spot for an after work or weekend wine-down – and not just for the cheese boards you can pair with your drinks. Star of the show is the enormous charcuterie cabinet at the back of the bar, where cuts of cured and smoked meats hang before they are sliced to order. Put together your own selection of jamon, bresaola, pork cheek and salami, pair it with a selection of cheeses like roquefort and manchego and some house pickled vegetables and all that’s left to do is try and pick just one wine from their extensive list. Of course, cheese and charcuterie is just the start. If you need something a little more substantial (though we say just order more double cream cheese and n’duja), you can nibble on fried squid dressed in miso, burnt lime and coriander, fried cauliflower with roquefort mousse and one of our personal faves, a sobrassada dagwood dog (which totally outdoes the Ekka version). Plus those cheeseburgers we mentioned, which come with tomato relish, American cheese, mustard and pickles on a housemade bun. See why we’re so fond of the place? Don’t even get us started on the cocktails – not only are there four different negronis to choose from (FOUR), but you can sip on a vodka, passionfruit, pomegranate and rose number called The Drunk (quite appropriate once you’ve had three of them), or jugs of sips like the Botanica #2, with gin, apple, mint, lemon and ginger ale. If you really want to be wined and dined though, you should clear your schedule for one of Gerard’s Bar’s monthly Food Labs, when their chefs get a little bit wild in the kitchen and unleash their creativity on dishes that defy convention. You’ll find no meat and three veg here – nor will you ever taste the same thing twice. Happening on the first Wednesday of every month, the events are $85pp. So if you’re seeking an after work drinks spot for a Friday evening, you’re obsessed with all things cheese or you just want to spice up your mid-week dining plans, make your new favourite venue Gerard’s Bar. You’ll find the Brisbane bar at 13A/23 James Street in Fortitude Valley, open seven days a week. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!