In what was once a bit of a no-go zone for serious foodies, in the cross-section between Alexandria, Redfern and Erksineville, now stands a cafe that is worth the venture. Meet Gerard is born from the experience of Mariella Traina (formerly of Petersham eatery The Counter) and Sarah MacWilliam (who previously ran the kitchen at West Juliett). Here the duo is exploring a fresh take on local cafe culture. The menu might have a few familiar mentions — scrambled eggs, smashed avo and French toast — but on closer inspection, these aren't standard dishes you know. The scrambled eggs are topped with broccolini, sumac and goat's curd. The french toast is jazzed up with baked apple, salted caramel, ricotta and a spice crumble. It isn't the biggest space so it fills up quick. If you can't stick around, it is still worth grabbing a cuppa — made with a special blend from local brewers Coffee Alchemy — and a house-made sweet treat before you head on your merry way.