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Gemelli Italian Restaurant

Gemelli Italian Restaurant
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Italian, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R200 (wine) R400 (sparkling)

Critic's review

Anna Montali

Food
For starters your taste buds will excited by the Gamberetti – prawn tails prepared in a smoked tomato-and-basil salsa and accompanied by an avocado mousse and lemon aïoli – and the beetroot, pear and fig tartlet made up of a buttery pastry case topped with roasted seasonal beets, preserved pear, Weltevrede fig jam, gorgonzola crema and salty candied walnuts. Another hit is the spicy half chicken, which is sous vide and prepared in a garlic-and-chilli marinade. It’s served with duck fat potatoes and a rustic salad.

The warm chocolate brownie – made with 70% dark chocolate, almonds, dates, praline and Amaretto custard – is served with a vanilla gelato and is dessert heaven at its best.

Drinks
There’s a great selection of cocktails. Local and international wines are also on offer, as well as craft beers and Stella Artois on tap. There’s also a fairly good selection of champagnes. Those who order by the glass, take note: it’s measured at 185ml.

Service
Extremely friendly and well-trained staff.

Ambience
Warm and welcoming with Italian type murals and soft finishing.

And…
Booking is a must for dinner, but Gemelli probably isn’t the best option for a quiet romantic date night.

(2018)

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  • Anna Montali

    Food
    My taste buds are excited by the Gamberetti – prawn tails prepared in a smoked tomato-and-basil salsa accompanied by an avocado mousse and lemon aioli – and the beetroot, pear and fig tartlet. The tartlet is made with a buttery pastry case and topped with roasted seasonal beets, preserved pear, Weltevrede fig jam, gorgonzola crema and salty candied walnuts. Another hit is the spicy free-range sous vide chicken prepared in a garlic and chilli marinade. It’s served with duck fat potatoes and ensalada rústica. The chocolate brownie is oen of the best I’ve had. It’s made with 70% dark chocolate, almonds, dates, praline, Amaretto custard and served with a vanilla gelato. This is dessert heaven at its best. The menu really offers a wonderful selection for all sorts of taste buds, with something to make everyone happy.

    Drinks
    There’s a great selection of cocktails, including Aperol Spritz, one of Italy’s favourite summer cocktails. Local and international wines are also on offer, as well as craft beers and Stella Artois on tap. There’s also a fairly good selection of champagnes. For those who order by the glass, note that it’s measured at 185ml.

    Service
    Extremely friendly and well-trained staff.

    Ambience
    Warm and welcoming with Italian type murals and soft finishing.

    And…
    Booking is a must for dinner.

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User reviews

  • Shem ukutya kwalapha is worth all of the hype. Hayi jonga, bayapheka abapheki kwelakhitshi. Bekumnandi wena fish, wena steak, ndithi ne shank ne pork belly mntakabawo. Hayi shame ukuba ufuna ukutya okumnandi yiza apha.
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  • What a complete and glorious rip off. People are packed in with tables inches apart - can't chat as far too noisy. There are no table cloths or place mats on the grubby melamine covered tables. Cutlery is wrapped in a paper napkin and dumped on said table. Prices are exorbitant given the above: eg small ravioli parcels cost R170.....this is certainly NOT fine dining but fine dining prices are charged, with a kingklip being R350. Only had one beer (literally 1) in stock. Never again.
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  • Had the most stunning dinner at Gemelli's last night and can highly recommend this vibe restaurant for great evening of delicious food and drinks. The menu is varied and everyone at our table was blown away with their food so, if you're feeling like delicious pasta or a fab peri peri chicken head on to Gemelli's and you will be blown away! Make sure you book as it is busy!
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  • Best Italian I've had in a long time! Pasta's are to die for! Recommended!
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  • Most outstanding meal I have had in a long time
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  • Gemelli Cucina upped the Italian restaurnat game when they opened. Their pastas are delicious and freshly made. Their wine list hasn't disappointed us yet. The ambience is always pleasant and relaxing! There could be more vegetarian options though, I usually end up eating the same few things every time I'm there. Their menu is due for a refresh though, it would be a good way to keep the patrons coming back for something different,
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  • Even though the restaurant is pricey, it is by far my favorite in Johannesburg! I have tried a few dishes now but in particular the Antipasto starter and Lamb Ragu is unbelievable! Go as often as my bank account allows!
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  • Portions are on the small side - a given when the food is simply delicious! A slightly more expensive 'dine out' but worth it.
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  • Loved the lamb rump risotto. It was fresh and tastes great. I would definitely go back.
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  • Beautiful and vibey restaurant with standout generous portioned food. Had a seriously tasty calamari starter and the sublimely cooked pork belly main...Very tasty sllround despite a very bsy restaurant. If I had to nitpick it would be about the noiselevels in the restaurant, very loud. But ok, it adds to the trendy bistro vibe.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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