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Remo’s Maximilliano

Remo’s Maximilliano
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  • Phone Number 010 007 1699
  • Location Waterfall Corner Centre, Corner of Maxwell and Woodmead Drive, Sunninghill, Johannesburg
  • email maximilliano@remos.co.za
  • Website URL www.remos.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7.30am - 11.30am

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 11.30am - 5pm

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5pm -11pm

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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Classic elegance, Family friendly, Hip & happening
Food
Coffee, Deli fare, Italian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
Brothers Franco and Renzo Scribante opened the first Remo’s in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, in honour of their brother Remo Giuseppe Scribante, and now their third venture Remo’s Maximilliano is a booming success in Waterfall Corner. The large Italian restaurant functions as a deli, bakery and eatery that’s open from breakfast to dinner and the options are plenty. For dinner, you’ll need to prepare yourself for a full three-course meal. To start, the fiery, tomato-based peri livers served with toasted ciabatta will warm up your heart and belly (and the portion is big enough to share, so pace yourself). Vegetarians will enjoy polenta-crumbed halloumi fingers with two dipping sauces (basil mayo and sweet chilli) or a flavourful helping of hummus with paprika oil and toasted seasame seeds served with warm focaccia, fresh crudités and cumin-spiced chickpeas.

For a more traditional approach, start with an antipasti platter or prosciutto with mozzarella. Deciding whether you’re in the mood for pasta or pizza beforehand will make the main-course decision a simpler one. The pizzas come freshly baked and the most popular choice is Amalfi, topped with calamari tubes, chorizo chunks, chopped tomatoes, heaps of rocket and lemon (the calamari could stand to be tastier though). And the most hard-to-resist pasta? River Café with a creamy, tomato-based sauce with plenty of peeled prawns sautéed with baby marrow and lifted by chilli and Parmesan cheese. Or Remo’s famous homemade beef Bolognese sauce tossed in tagliatelle. Again, portions are big enough to share and you’ll definitely want to leave room for the sweet treats beckoning from the decadent pastry table by the Remo’s entrance.

Drinks
Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, the wine list alone will take you a good few minutes to get through, and this is a great thing offering page after page of imported Italian wines along with local options. Remo’s also sells craft beer and does cocktails such as negroni and Aperol Spritz to perfection.

Service
Attentive, friendly and knowledgable, despite how packed the restaurant can be.

Ambience
Buzzy, lively, warm and energetic. The double-volume location is made intimate with lots of round, low-hanging lights and big red booths fashioned around a long, large bar with dark wood finishes, and picture frame after picture frame lining the walls.

And...
If the red velvet, chocolate mousse, carrot, Bar One or olive oil and orange cakes don’t tempt you on the way in, they’ll get you on the way out.

(September 2016)

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  • Mokgadi Itshweng

    Food
    Remos Maximilliano in Waterfall is one of four chain restaurants opened by the brothers Franco and Renzo Scribante in memory of their late brother Remo. This authentic Italian restaurant serves delicious home-style Italian food. For starters, try their halloumi fingers, coated in polenta, deep-fried and served with basil mayo and sweet chilli dipping sauce. Their hand made pizzas are made with stone ground flour, fresh tomato and basil sauce, and an array of delicious toppings. Remo’s also serves some of the best pastas I have ever tasted. Their ‘Cliff’s mac & cheese’, which is made with pasta and bacon, topped with tomatoes and grilled cheese, is a real dream. They also make the most awesome zucchini and truffle fries. For dessert, do try the chamomile panna cotta with cinnamon syrup and berry coulis, or their famous black pepper ice cream.

    Drinks
    Remos has an extensive wine list with both imported Italian and local wines, reasonably priced. Their Italian Baladin craft beer range is vast, catering for different price points.

    Service
    The service is efficient but aloof. The waiters are knowledgeable, but don’t interact much with the customers.

    Ambience
    The ambience is warm and cosy, with customers ranging from families to business people meeting for breakfast or lunch. The décor features a combination of retro and modern furniture pieces.

    And...
    Do visit their deli shop, which offers imported Italian ingredients, as well as fresh pastas and sauces to take home.

  • Mokgadi Itsweng

    Food
    Remos Maximilliano in Waterfall is one of four chain restaurants opened by the brothers Franco and Renzo Scribante in memory of their late brother Remo. This authentic Italian restaurant serves delicious home-style Italian food. For starters, try their halloumi fingers, coated in polenta, deep-fried and served with basil mayo and sweet chilli dipping sauce. Their hand made pizzas are made with stone ground flour, fresh tomato and basil sauce, and an array of delicious toppings. Remo’s also serves some of the best pastas I have ever tasted. Their ‘Cliff’s mac & cheese’, which is made with pasta and bacon, topped with tomatoes and grilled cheese, is a real dream. They also make the most awesome zucchini and truffle fries. For dessert, do try the chamomile panna cotta with cinnamon syrup and berry coulis, or their famous black pepper ice cream.

    Drinks
    Remos has an extensive wine list with both imported Italian and local wines, reasonably priced. Their Italian Baladin craft beer range is vast, catering for different price points.

    Service
    The service is efficient but aloof. The waiters are knowledgeable, but don’t interact much with the customers.

    Ambience
    The ambience is warm and cosy, with customers ranging from families to business people meeting for breakfast or lunch. The décor features a combination of retro and modern furniture pieces.

    And...
    Do visit their deli shop, which offers imported Italian ingredients, as well as fresh pastas and sauces to take home.
    October 2015

  • Marie-Lais Emond

    We visit the bustling Remo’s Maximilliano in Waterfall Corner Centre in Sunninghill, a revved-up new sibling in the family chain.

    The people
    The Scribante family, even though they’ve been in South Africa for a few generations, have always involved themselves in the typically Italian pursuits of racing cars (think Scribante race tracks), engineering and food, especially Italian baking.

    Remo’s Maximilliano is even more stylishly racy than the other two branches in Mount Edgecombe and Umhlanga. (And there is to be another in Cape Town.) It’s a chain of sorts, but brothers Renzo and Franco make a well-tested and showy formula work. The restaurants are named after a sadly missed brother, Remo Scribante.

    The food
    This is not rustic fare, even though the breads are the real artisanal deal and there’s a special list of Italian craft beers and home-pressed juices like orange, carrot and basil or healthy veggies. The menu doesn’t really follow the classic antipasti-pasta-mains formula (we South Africans don’t eat that way), and includes just as many Italian dishes as not. The selection is based on what locals like, with items such as hake fillet appearing alongside chicken assaggi, a very successful composition of complementary tastes. With wood-fired bread ovens on the level above the dining area, this is a good place to order al forno (oven-baked) dishes, such as the lasagne – one of the best I’ve tasted.

    Good-looking and delicious salmon fishcakes come with wilted spinach and lentils, while the Bagnette alla Marne was a less successful starter, composed of deli ingredients, pickled red pepper, not-very-anchovy oil and brittle toast. The unusual brie, bacon and cranberry jam pizza has a wafer-thin but not very crisp base and the Filleto Milano with roasted veg is more like a tenderised schnitzel.

    These days nearly every restaurant feels obliged to serve a panna cotta to end off the meal, but Remo’s serves an unusual chamomile version. Otherwise, the menu offers popular dessert options like crème brûlée, cheesecake and choc brownies.

    Breakfasts are big attractions at Remo’s restaurants and the bakes are always a good choice, as well as items like minted eggs Hollandaise and Franco’s special of mince on ciabatta, with egg if desired.

    The adjoining deli also beckons with its cured meats, selection of unusual cheeses, crusty breads and Italian pickled things, as well as Bastianich wines, Lurisia beverages and Baladin beers, and trendily packaged gift-worthy goods.

    The drinks
    There’s a short but well-chosen list of local bottles and imported Italian wines, courtesy of their suppliers, Bastianich. Diners can also select from eight Italian craft beers (three of them flavoured). A wine cellar is being completed on a level above the glam restaurant section.

    The service
    Waiters are quick on their feet, playful and well trained.

    The ambience
    Like a super-stylish Bugatti, the décor is kind of retro, with touches of black and white, glinting glass and metal. Huge posters cover the double-volume walls, featuring old Italian racing cars, the family and horses, as a nod to this location in the new polo-inspired Waterfall development.

    Instead of a Bugatti, a cheeky Vespa is displayed up on the second level above the glittering bar, with the bakery and prep-kitchen just visible behind it. The generous fireplace is a treat in winter and summer will be a breeze as the airy space has huge glass doorways to the outside areas of the restaurant.

    The verdict
    Remo’s Café Maximilliano is a bustling, efficient option that’s more revved-up and pricy than other Italian family joints.

    (June 2014)

User reviews

  • I live down the road from Remo's so for convenience sake have eaten there a few times. Last night the family decided to brave it again. Wish we hadn't. We were seated at 19h15 and offered drinks which arrived promptly. Our waitress then ran through the specials which were: A smoked chicken salad, a chourizo and tomato risotto, and a 200gm filet. Unfortunately the waitress tried on 3 occasions to tell us the specials but it was so noisy we couldn't hear a thing. She eventually arranged for background music to be turned down and tried again. This time we heard her perfectly. I asked her what the prices of the specials were and she did not know. I think she was actually embarrassed as when she came back and informed us, I was embarrassed for her. The restaurant has a seafood risotto on the menu for R155 which is a fair price. One would think that a chorizo risotto would be cheaper (as the ingredients are so much cheaper), but alas, R190. Crazy stuff. We then asked what the line fish was, were informed Sole, and again asked the price. Again on her return she informed us that it's R220. That makes it the most expensive item on the menu and 15% more expensive than the salmon. I was then quite curious to price Salmon VS Sole, so called a very well known fishery in Dunkeld. Prices for Salmon are R344/Kg, Sole R174/kg. So how can a fish half the price be sold at a premium to Salmon. Easy answer, they rip customers off with their specials. It's not the money, but more about feeling ripped off. I was desperate to raise this with the manager when he/she popped around to ask us how our meal was, but that never happened. Bottom line, not only is the food average at best, but their concealment is disgusting
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  • The worst restaurant I hve ever been
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  • The worst restaurant I hve ever been
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  • Having eaten at Remo's several times, I am definitely a big fan. The chicken assaggi is reason enough to keep coming back. Great atmosphere and energy, and wonderful music. Getting our waiter's attention to settle the bill has been a problem on each of my visits, but then this seems to be a problem common to pretty much all restaurants countrywide. That aside, I need little persuasion to dine at Remo's. Adi Cochrane, Fourways
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  • Theresa Louise Antill My daughter was up from Durban for meetings with her Company and staying in Woodmead and we were wondering around the Waterfall Corner Centre in Sunninghill deciding on which restaurant to have dinner. We parked right outside Remos Maximilliano but proceeded to work up our appetites and ended up back at Remos. Well weren't we thankful that we chose to appease our appetites at this fantabulous home away from home venue. What an awesome restaurant - the atmosphere was so relaxing, the music really brilliant, our waiter so gentle and humorous and as for the food well all there is to say is "I will definitely go back again and again and again..." And just to top it all, for the quality and quantity of food you receive, the pricing was good value for money.
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  • Last night we returened to Remo with a group of friends and we were disappointed again: A number of errors are not acceptable when you charge above average prices. Our red wine was served so warm that we joked that it must be stored next to the pizza oven and everyone's food was average at best.
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  • If you a " Good food" lover like myself and my family...then I recommend Remo's.

    Their food are the best ever...Master Chef, has nothing on Remo's.
    Can't wait to go back there...
    Xxx
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  • Really enjoyed ourselves....me & my man. Everything was just perfect. We ended up spending more time there than we had initially planned.
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  • Had an absolutely fabulous dinner. Thank you!
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  • New place and was looking forward to a relaxed breakfast out. Very mixed feelings about this venue. Drinks took long, my husbands order was perfect and they even got the eggs 100% to his liking but my meal was a disaster. Sent it back and again waited quite a while while hubby destroyed his eggs Benedict. When I finally got my meal, the food was great. No fun however eating alone and still nobody came round to ask if the food served was ok second time round. In a nutshell, the food and ambience both super but the service unfortunately was terrrrrrible. Lets hope it's teething problems only.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
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  • Wheelchair
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