|My poached tiger prawns, with fennel, citrus, avocado, shallots and chilli.|
A refreshing clean look with pastel coloured floor boards. Sited at a buzzing foodie hub in South Cronulla Beach, the Gerrale Street Kitchen comes up with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Greeted at the entrance, customers are led to their seats, which can be in an inner chamber for groups, bar like tables for four and along the long but well designed counter for independent on the run singles.
The restaurant runs deep inside, reminds me of a summery locale and the beach was within walking distance. The menu has touches of California, Mediterranean, modern Australian. The place was abuzz with yummy Mummies, day trippers and youngsters that moment.
Favourites of mine that jumped out of the menu were Zucchini and corn fritters for breakfast; the French Canadian toast with pecan crumble (!!!!), smoked bacon, banana slices, maple syrup and Mascarpone, all carefully balanced on a Brioche French toast; the fig and goats Feta salad, adorned with orange, pomegranate and pistachio; the flamed corn fed chicken thighs for lunch, accompanied by Miso infused Vinaigrette, coriander, charred corn and smoked almonds on a salad base of brown rice.
And yes, there are pizzas - with seven clear choices that celebrate iconic Italian stuff like Mozarella cheese, Prosciutto, San Marzano tomatoes, anchovies, basil, hot or mild Salami sausage rinds and olive oil flavours.
Waffles, fritters and pancakes are what the gentler gender loves here. Carefully chosen ingredients like Yuzu, curd, Goji berries and quinoa add to enhance taste and presentation.
Honey roasted sweet potatoes are my weakness, to me they are better than wedges. Influenced by Greek cooking preferences, they are warm and assuring on a cool winter's evening.
I absolutely was blown over by my poached tiger prawns with avocado smash. They were delicately designed into an elegant horizontal row, standing out with a fresh and yummy countenance. One bite and I knew this was the light meal I wanted that moment. The flavours combined well, I figured this was fine dining and the texture of seafood against the contrast of healthy green mush was superb. The sensations of light chilli, citrus juice and fennel remained embedded in the prawns as you bite into them.
Above photo, I noticed the preparation of a chicken salad, it was pretty and yummy looking, although meant for another table. The individual parts that made the whole were seriously placed and arranged, with gusto by the preparer.
Blokes should take up the three cut beef burger, with Provolone cheese from near Naples, bacon, hand cut potato chips, the compulsory lettuce and tomato slices garnished with onions and pickled cucumber. All drizzled with Mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard. Heavenly !
And as you go out, satisfied after the meal, the staff with a smile ask if you were happy with the meal.
My impressions of the Gerrele Street Kitchen:
Ambiance: 3 out of 5
Customer Engagement: 4 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 4 out of 5
X Factor: 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Recommended menu choices:
Corn fed chicken thighs;
French Canadian toast;
Three cut beef burger and
Poached tiger prawns.
The Garrele Street Kitchen is located at 19-21 Gerrale Street, Cronulla NSW.
Opening hours are from 7am to midnight every day.
Contact +61 2 9523 4111