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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.