Jozi Lunch/Dinners

Gemelli, Bryanston

                 Gemelli: A type of pasta that derives from the Italian word for twins.

This newly opened Italian gem is heading for great success! The enthusiasm of the staff and everyone involved is clearly evident as the week-old restaurant gets its wings and takes flight. It is well situated just a few doors down from The Baron in the Post House Link Centre on Main Road.

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I recognized owner Alessandro (Alex) immediately as he very successfully managed Col’Cacchio in Northcliff for a number of years and left a memorable impression on me from the few occasions that I ate there.

Although Gemelli follows in the Italian theme of Col’Cacchio, there is no pizza on this menu. There is more of a specialised focus on fresh pastas and other main dishes.

The atmosphere buzzes from the moment you step inside and the bar quickly caught my eye with its bold wallpaper.

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It was fully booked when I called during the day but they assured me that they do try to accommodate walk-ins and when we arrived at 6.30pm, on Friday evening, we were promptly seated. The decor is simple but effective and the place is a mix of retro and modern finishes that compliment each other well.

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With Alex’s repertoire it was not surprising that this place would attract a few well-known South African names like Sasha Martinengo and one of my favourites Mr Maps Maponyane, for a visit that evening.

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Starters range from soup, seafood and salads and will set you back R69-R95. The main meals are broken up into 3 sections which include classic pasta dishes (R60-R90), signature pasta dishes (R98-R145) and main courses which consist of meat and fish dishes starting at R130. If you have a sweet tooth then desserts (R55-R60) are a must! The menu does not lend itself to children although there were a few young kids at one of the larger birthday tables.

I opted for a classic Carbonara with Pancetta (in my supposed attempt to avoid carbs-haha) while Daniel decided to go for a more ‘specialised’ Rigatoni pasta which included Prawn tails, Smoked Chorizo and Smoked Paprika Chilli in a White Wine, Tomato and Coriander Cream sauce.

I was almost disappointed when the food arrived as the portion size looked small but in actual fact it was just enough and actually a nice change to finish my food and not feel that I had overeaten. (Well done chef!)

We ended off with the highly recommended Nougat cheese cake topped with sprinkles of meringue and a ball of very unique tasting marzipan ice-cream, which is apparently a major rival of the Tiramisu Trifle. We struggled to finish it between the two of us but it lived up to its reputation.

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It was an evening well-spent and I can’t wait for my next visit!

  • Food 4/5
  • Value 4/5
  • Service 5/5
  • Atmosphere 5/5
  • Overall Rating = 4.5/5

Contact: 010 591 4333

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