Review: South African flavours meet global delights at Gigi in Waterfall

Fast facts

Restaurant name: Gigi

Address: Shop 27, Waterfall Corner Shopping Centre, Corner of Waterfall and Woodmead Drive, Waterfall City, Midrand

Phone number: 010 443 9711

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 8am to 9.30pm

Average price of each plate: R90 (small plates), R200 (mains)

Corkage fee: No BYO

Parking situation: Parking available within Waterfall Corner Shopping Centre

Food type: A fusion of South African contemporary and global flavours

Best for… lunch or dinner with friends, a romantic date night, or for anyone who loves shared dining experiences

If you’re craving an experience that’s as comforting as a warm hug and as adventurous as a globetrotting journey, Gigi at Waterfall Corner Shopping Centre in Waterfall City, Midrand is a must-visit. Chef Moses Moloi, known for his culinary mastery at Zioux in Sandton, has brought a harmonious blend of South African and global flavours under one stylish roof. Since its grand opening in February, Gigi has evolved beyond being just a dining spot; it’s now the missing puzzle piece that completes Waterfall’s culinary scene.


Gigi’s menu is a testament to simplicity and innovation, offering a delightful array of small plates designed for sharing.

Start off with a trio of oysters that taste like they were plucked straight from the ocean that very morning, accompanied by unique and tantalising dressings that dance on your palate. Now moving on to the small plates – indulge in the refreshing sea bass ceviche with its citrusy notes and kelp dressing, or go for the tender oxtail paired with morogo spinach, ginger tamarind, and vetkoek for that comforting bite. The coal-grilled prawns melt in your mouth with bursts of flavour, complemented by a garlic and lime sauce, peppadews and almond flakes. And the seared wagyu bavette? A delightful combination of truffle sauce and lime crème fraîche.


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Mains are where the magic continues. The braaied sea bass with mussels in a creamy potjie sauce is a masterpiece on a plate, while the coal-grilled baby chicken is a tender delight, paired perfectly with charred corn and a silky corn purée. Don’t miss out on standout favourites like the oxtail ravioli, pork belly, or grilled salmon that are sure to steal the show.


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And of course, save some room for dessert as Gigi’s sweet treats are a delightful twist on traditional favourites. The rooibos Jelly & Custard accompanied by a brandy snap and raspberry sorbet is a must-try, along with the Gigi Malva Pudding served with a peach amasi ice cream, toasted coconut flakes and salted caramel.


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Gigi’s cocktail selection is a work of art, from the perfectly balanced spicy mango cocktail to the classic margarita that hits all the right notes. While the pornstar martini leans towards sweetness, it’s a delightful sip nonetheless. The beverage menu offers a beautifully crafted range of wine, spirits, beers, ciders, and more, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


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The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Gigi add to the charm of the place. Though the drinks might take a tad longer during these early days of their opening, the warm hospitality and attentive service more than make up for it. Considering they’ve only been open for about a month, they’re doing an impressive job of finding their rhythm.


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As soon as you set foot into Gigi, you’re enveloped in an aura of sophistication blended with cosy comfort. Award-winning designer Giorgio Tatsakis has sprinkled his magic, creating an ambience where Moroccan travertine tiles meet plush French upholstery, resulting in a space that’s both luxurious and inviting. Picture warm beige tones, elegant black accents, and an outdoor oasis that whispers tranquillity.


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