A sprawling Italian-themed restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge sandwiched between two main commuting routes, with a seasonal menu that ranges from snacks to hearty cosmopolitan dishes of pasta, risotto, fish, meats and poultry.
A cichetti (snacks) offering includes three bites of salmon arancini, crumbed and fried, and a couple of tempura prawns. Salads are substantial meals on their own – the Gemelli house salad packs in assorted greens, marinated tomatoes, pickled onion, cucumber, zucchini, feta, avocado and seeds, plus an optional 120g of grilled beef fillet or a portion of smoked salmon trout.
Try one of a myriad sauces, from seafood to artichokes and ragù, to go with your pasta choice, or for a Sunday-lunch feel, try the pollo Gemelli – chicken stuffed with pancetta, olives and peppers, served with glazed carrots and purées of butternut and potato.
The desserts pile on the pleasure. A crème brûlée arrives accompanied by marshmallow ice cream, while a rich pistachio and olive oil cake is paired with a buttermilk gelato.
From the large range of pricey gins and creative cocktails, try an elderflower tonic gin cocktail or stick to the Italian theme with an Aperol spritz. There’s ample choice of local wines – or blow the budget on an imported champagne.
Plenty of staff around, but not all are as trained or attentive as they should be.
The pared-back, multi-roomed space features graphic, Italian-themed wallpaper and tightly packed Formica-topped tables, with long bars and ranks of bottles on display as focal points.
Lively meals and times in a haven of conviviality.
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Food average and completely overpriced. Service excellent. Decor modern and beautifull. Corkage of R200 for one bottle of wine unacceptable.
Decor and service was fantastic. Salmon fish cake starter average, Lamb Ragu good, Shellfish Linguine very bad - tomato sauce completely over powered the shellfish, cheesecake was good. R200 corkage for one bottle of wine. Generally overpriced - at these prices the food should be 5/5. Will not return. There are much better Italian restaurants in the same area.
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.
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.
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!
Best Italian I've had in a long time! Pasta's are to die for! Recommended!
Most outstanding meal I have had in a long time
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,
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!
Portions are on the small side - a given when the food is simply delicious!
A slightly more expensive 'dine out' but worth it.
Loved the lamb rump risotto. It was fresh and tastes great. I would definitely go back.