24 Hours in Johannesburg: Contemporary Italian at Gemelli

I came across Gemelli in the Gourmet Guide 2018, a carefully orchestrated culinary adventure around the beautiful country of South Africa. I have to admit that Italian food is my favourite so lunch at this trendy spot in Bryanston was a no brainer!

Founded on the concept of wholesome food for the entire family, Gemelli – meaning twins in Italian – hits all the right notes when it comes to sensory enlightenment.

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Gemelli wouldn’t be out of place in the Meatpacking District of New York. The loft-style surroundings create a laid-back atmosphere for diners with lots of natural light streaming through the oversized windows.

The decor is stylish with commissioned artwork adorning the walls.

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The menu is typically traditional of Italian food with a large variety of pasta dishes carefully thought out by chef Paulo Santo.

For starters, we had calamari with chorizo in peri-peri butter and glazed chicken thighs.

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For our mains, we both had pasta. I went for spätzle pasta with lamb, tomato and olives. G had the rigatoni with spanish chorizo, harissa paste and prawn tails – wow, this was unbelievably good! (We’ve since re-created this at home).

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Dessert had to be done (despite our very full tummies!) and it didn’t disappoint – a creme brûlée almost too pretty to eat!

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I think you might have guessed that Gemelli really impressed us. Both founders, Alessandro and Paulo, openly admit to being “fanatical about food” and I can see why. Their dishes were inspiring, wholesome and really told a story of fond memories from years spent growing up in the ancient city of Rome.

To find out more about Gemelli, click here.

Gemelli, 13, Posthouse Link Centre, Main Rd & Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191, South Africa.