Graze your way around the tasty new Middle Eastern-menu at Gerard’s Bar
In news that should have your tastebuds tingling with anticipation, Adam Wolfers a.k.a culinary wizard and executive chef of Gerard’s Bistro is unveiling a tantalising grazing menu at Gerard’s Bar on Thursday March 19. The menu has been carefully curated to fortify its connection with its sister space across the lane and is set to offer a selection of pared-back Middle Eastern-style dishes that are perfect for sharing, or not.
It’s been a busy eight months for Adam Wolfers. After taking the helm at Gerard’s Bistro and gaining national acclaim for his vegetable-led Mediterranean menu, Adam is now busy putting the finishing touches on his first edible offering for Gerard’s Bar. The new menu is filled with flavours influenced by Adam’s own adventures abroad, his Jewish heritage and the various (esteemed) restaurants he has worked in throughout his career. Culinarily curious diners can expect a selection of mezze such as chickpea miso hummus, house-made shanklish (Middle Eastern cheese), aged tahini and wagyu basturma served with freshly baked woodfired laffa bread. Pick at a selection of snacks such as swordfish falafel, freshly shucked oysters and fried kibbeh before wrapping your mitts around a mouthwatering manoushe (kebab) stuffed with your choice of cheese, meat with fine herbs and lemon, chicken with toum, pickles and zoug or felafel. Finish your feast with a taste of traditional desserts including Turkish delight and labne malabi with strawberries. Also included in the mix are influences paying homage to owner Johnny Moubarak’s Lebanese heritage, with his mother Salwa’s family favourite flatbreads or Saj bread one of the key highlights.
As always, the edibles are accompanied by a tightly curated selection of tipples, featuring signature cocktails such as Gerard’s G&T (Beefeater gin, elderflower, tonic syrup, lemon, soda water) and Delightful Turk (Absolut vodka, cocoa white, orange blossom, rose water, watermelon, rhubarb, lemon-milk clarification) alongside a focused wine and beer offering that champions Australian producers and brewers. The intention is to highlight some great regions and varieties of the world, but also provide guests with the opportunity to explore new and interesting labels. For those wanting an extra-special drop, the full Gerard’s Bistro wine list is also available at Gerard’s Bar. The new food and drink offering is complemented by some sleek updates to the interior, transforming the venue into a more elegant and intimate destination. Gerard’s Bar’s new menu will debut on Thursday March 19. For opening times, skip over to our Stumble Guide and prepare your tastebuds.
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