13.5/20

Gerald's Bar

386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, VIC

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Convivial, cluttered and slightly dissolute, Gerald's plays a vital role in Carlton North, where places to slump with a glass in your hand are few and far between. But this is no dive. fine wines, cool tunes and an ever-changing array of cleverly constructed small plates make that abundantly clear. Most dishes comprise just a few elements, relying on ingredient quality as much as flavour combinations. Sweet kingfish tataki is offset by pink grapefruit and chervil; glistening roasted quail comes with pomegranate seeds and burghul. Larger offerings include a generous pork chop with radicchio and pistachios, or porterhouse topped with thyme butter and served with a side of iceberg. If you'd rather graze while concentrating on the tipples, you can play padron pepper roulette, or linger over a board of prosciutto, bresaola, sopressa and pork and fennel salami. With its quirky brand of charm, Gerald's feels like a private club. Luckily for Melbourne it takes all comers.

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386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North, VIC

  • Cuisine - European
  • Prices - E $12 M $25 D $9
  • Features - Outdoor seating, Private dining, Bar
  • Chef(s) - Peter Savage
  • Owners - Gerald Diffey & Mario Di Ienno
  • Cards accepted - Mastercard, Visa
  • Opening Hours - Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 3pm-10pm
  • Seats - 50
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