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Giulio’s Café

Giulio’s Café
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Cost
R70 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Italian, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Nikita Buxton

The newest restaurant to open in Cape Town’s City bowl boasts a chef who once worked under Jamie Oliver – plus décor by celebrated local designer Michael Chandler of Chandler house. Nikita Buxton devotes her lunch break to a thorough investigation of Giulio’s Café.

Food
With a menu inspired by rich Italian heritage, Giulio’s Café boasts a range of authentic and vibrant Mediterranean dishes. Homemade pastas feature alongside gourmet paninos on the menu, while those looking for something a little lighter can indulge at the ‘mangia’ harvest table, which offers a range of fresh salads and sandwiches that changes on a daily basis. Choose from three salads for R50 or five salads for R65. If you're in a hurry and can't dine in, opt to have your lunch takeaway.

After perusing the menu, we decided on the peri-peri chicken livers (R58) and the Giulio’s burger (R75). The livers are brandy-flambéed and served in a delicious chilli, mushroom and pomodoro (tomato) sauce. The flavour combinations are well balanced, the kick of peri-peri spot on. The dish is served with a much-needed slice of ciabatta to mop up any leftover sauce. The burger has a 100% pure-beef patty, and comes heaped with grilled zucchini ribbons, fresh tomato and a slathering of bright green pesto mayo. It is topped off with a sticky-sweet balsamic onion marmalade and held together by a crisp, sesame-seeded burger bun. The burger patty was ever-so-slightly overcooked, but the sweetness of the onions added a great, juicy flavour. What was missing was the bite of creamy fior di latte mozzarella cheese, though this can be added as an extra topping for R12. The side of skinny Parmesan truffle fries offered an addictive crunch, and the sprinkling of cheese is a delicious touch.

For dessert we tackled the yoghurt panna cotta, which is served with mixed summer berries and a berry coulis (R55). The texture of this dessert can be tricky to perfect but Giulio’s has it on the money, their version boasting an ultra-velvety consistency. The vanilla flavours work harmoniously with the bright tang of the coulis and fresh berries.

Drinks
Although they are still waiting on their liquor licence, city dwellers will soon be able to pop in for a boozy weekday lunch, choosing from refreshing mimosas, local and Italian wines, and beers and spirits. In the meantime, however, you’ll have to make do with coffee by Deluxe, or freshly squeezed juices beautifully presented in carafes. The red juice, made with orange, carrot, beetroot and ginger, is a great health-kick combo (R30).

Ambience
Cape Town designer Michael Chandler, of Chandler House, is the creative brain behind the eatery's interiors. The space is modern Mediterranean with regal Roman pillars, marble-topped tables and tan leather seating. White walls are splashed with tons of natural light, and bright pops of greenery are scattered throughout. The food is beautifully presented, served on either wooden boards or trendy Mervyn Gers ceramics, which adds to the bistro-feel of the restaurant.

Service
The service is friendly and efficient, with the added warmth of Giulio’s charming mama checking on every table.

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User reviews

  • Love their breakfasts!

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  • Such a great vibe with delicious coffee & amazing breakfasts. Giulio himself is a super energetic, hands on owner and is always checking to see if his customers are happy. Here is a video review: https://goo.gl/dspDdL Here is a video playlist of my other reviews: https://goo.gl/fDWtmq
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  • One of my favourite places to eat while I'm in Cape Town. Walking into Giulio's is like stepping out of Cape Town and into a different world, great for when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. I've never had a bad meal here and the portions are extremely generous for the price that you pay. There is a lunch rush, so make sure you get there at a good time to claim your table. My breakfast suggestion would be the American Pancakes - make sure to share if you aren't that hungry! For lunch, any of the pastas - they're fresh and flavourful - or tackle the chicken burger with truffle fries. I always check out what they've freshly baked that day to take home with me. Do it, and thank me later.
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  • One of my favourite places to eat while I'm in Cape Town. Walking into Giulio's is like stepping out of Cape Town and into a different world, great for when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. I've never had a bad meal here and the portions are extremely generous for the price that you pay. There is a lunch rush, so make sure you get there at a good time to claim your table. My breakfast suggestion would be the American Pancakes - make sure to share if you aren't that hungry! For lunch, any of the pastas - they're fresh and flavourful - or tackle the chicken burger with truffle fries. I always check out what they've freshly baked that day to take home with me. Do it, and thank me later.
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  • I love this place. It is a wonderful physical space with natural light and classy decor. The owner is lovely and his presence permeates the space and the menu. Both him and his staff are highly attentive. Giulio's is reasonably priced and they serve generous portions. Saturday breakfast is my favourite time to visit and everything I have ordered has been delicious.
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  • Wow, what a surprise this place is. Everything and more - truly out of this world. For a fussy eater this little gem will steal your heart and create an appetite to die for . The menu is ample and the food exquisite. Superb service, great value for money, chilled and vibey ambiance, wonderful host and it boasts generous portions. Suitable for business and pleasure or even for the solo quiet types who just want to soak up the atmosphere. Giulio has really done himself proud and you won't be sorry, so get there early to avoid long queues on Saturday mornings. Really worthwhile visiting more than once.
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  • Giulio's is the epitome of Cape Town - beautiful, trendy and a place you want to return to time and again. The Loop Street gem is the brainchild of chef Giulio Loreggian, an Italian chef who has worked under Jamie Oliver in London. The menu is infused with Giulio’s Italian staples, which have been given a contemporary twist, as well as fabulous breakfast and healthy lunch options. The Mangia harvest table is my favourite lunch option – an array of colourful, healthy salads are on display and can be accompanied by the bake of the day, or extras like chicken. Aside from a great menu and delicious food, the best thing about Giulio’s is the feeling of coming home – Giulio’s warm and friendly nature makes you feel like you are part of his big Italian family. I would highly recommend treating yourself to a bite at this restaurant, but don’t be surprised if you can’t stop going back for more!
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  • A sign of a good place is when you go there for lunch two days in a row! I had a take away ciabatta with mozzarella, tomato, aubergine and red pesto, which was lightly toasted - very good combo (both times!). The offering on harvest table looks delicious, so will definitely be returning to try that.
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  • Visited Giulios for breakfast. Beautiful decor, and lovely ambience. We ordered a wide selection which was tasty and very well presented. I was however dissapointed by the 'grilled peach' yoghurt and muesli dish. My peaches were substituted with apples, which was not discussed with me, the presentation was ok, and the muesli wasn't the greatest quality. I expressed my concern with the waitress and she was very understanding and sweet. I replaced my order with the pancakes and berries which was good. Overall a lovely little place and i will be sure to test out their lunch menu.
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  • Giulio's harvest table never ceases to impress -fresh, vibrant ingredients that add a bit of fun and delight into healthy eating; did I mention delicious too? Portions are generous - you can choose 3 salads for R50. The caprese salad is one of my favourites; it's perfectly seasoned with fresh lashings of basil. The expression to eat with your eyes was evident today with a beautiful fresh fig, marinated beetroot, baby spinach, beet greens and rosa tomato salad. I also highly recommend Giulio's Italian meatballs, which is generally the Italian Bake of the Day (might change daily). It is R45 per portion, which generally comprises of 3 medium-to-large meatballs (even makes a great takeaway for dinner if you don't fancy it for lunch). All in all, Giulio's offers delicious, homely food with a side of excitement.

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  • A friend and I went for lunch and we had a really great time! The decor obviously got me first - clean and modern with pops of colour, but homey all at the same time. I had a green juice which was yummy and the peri-peri chicken livers which I'm still dreaming of! I felt like having the chicken livers again yesterday, but had no time to take a lunch break. I used Order In for delivery and then ended up getting their lamb wrap instead, which was just as tasty!! Home-made hummus, grilled strawberries, pickled red onion and pulled lamb. It was gooooood. I would definitely recommend going there for lunch when you feel like a treat!
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  • Went very excitedly to try Giulio's cafe this week. The restaurant is exquisite, light and airy with the undeniable touch of Mr. Michael Chandler in the decor. The food, equally lovely in texture and flavour. We ate from the harvest table from which you can have either 3 salads or 5 salads. A few niggles though that will hopefully be teased out: There is not enough wait staff - we were seated very energetically and then ignored until we went up to the harvest table. No drinks order taken etc. We picked our salads and a meat accompaniment (homemade Italian meatballs - a dream) BUT it wasn't explained to us properly beforehand so the meatballs were actually the 'baked dish' for R45 and not the 'meat/chicken salad accompaniment' for R15. We should have known though, I suppose because the quantity was very generous! Final quibble - my friends both ordered juices which never arrived and then had to be asked to be taken off the bill. VERDICT: awesome space, delectable food just needs some tweaking in the service department and it's a GO!
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  • This central location in Cape Town has been several venues. We lunched there, enjoyed the refreshing decor, warm welcome and interesting Italian inspired menu. Great salads, interesting baguettes and a 'harvest table' which included a good Chicken Cacciatore on the day we were there. They await their license, we took our own, no corkage and they do offer house wine by the glass at this stage. A mother and son combination and some interesting combinations including an open lamb wrap with homemade hummus. We'll be back - worth seeking out.
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  • I was curious to see what these guys had done with the space, so popped in to have a quick slice of cheesecake. (Basically any excuse will do!) The decor is gorgeous; the restaurant is bathed in white, with little decor touches like a ceramic loaf of bread and animals painted white. The tan leather stools are beautiful. The cheesecake was equally beautiful: creamy, lemony and with a wonderful texture somewhere between baked and 'fridged. I think the base was made with Tennis biscuits - but I've no complaints - Tennis biscuits made excellent bases. Looking forward to returning for lunch.

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