Yesterday the Nifty girls Talya & Le’Chelle set off to town, 16 Loop Street to be exact, to try out Giulio’s which opened about a week ago. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the beautiful interior – think pasta chandelier, marble table tops, white columns and a golden wreath hanging in the middle of the space, all designed by one of our favourite SA creatives, Michael Chandler of Chandler House.
But let’s get to the real reason we were there, the foooood! Giulio has worked for Jamie Oliver in London, moved back to the mother city and opened his first cafe – it’s very family orientated, you’ll probably have his Italian mama fussing over you aka the best and warmest service in Cape Town.
To start Le’Chelle had the red juice – we’re big on juices and it was a great balance of orange, carrot, beetroot and ginger, there is also a green juice and ginger shots if you’re feeling brave, Talya’s day was made by the fact that they had soya milk for her cappuccino. There are 5 smoothie options and a small wine list too.
For lunch you have the option of feasting straight from the ‘Mangia Table’ which has an Italian bake of the day, grab a quick sandwich or there is a choice of a whole lot of salads – all of which will change daily, you can have a plate of 3 salads for R50, 5 salads for R65 and you can add in chicken, lamb, beef or pork belly for an extra R15.
Talya decided to go for a classic, the penne napoletana (R60) which comes topped with basil and parmesan (ask for it without parmesan if you’re vegan – she forgot) and it was super simple and crazy delicious – no Banters here! Le’Chelle had the open lamb wrap (R85) which is made with layers of home-made hummus, watercress, chilli, mushrooms, toasted pinenuts and a lemon mint yoghurt which is she said was a delicious combination of flavours, and too filling for lunch so she got half as a doggy bag.
Let’s be honest, even when you cannot finish your main meal, there is always space for dessert – the choice of cakes yesterday were cheese and carrot. Le’Chelle went for the latter, and judging by how quickly it disappeared it was reaaaally really good.
If you’re looking for a lovely new lunch (or breakfast – we need to go back for that) place in town, to grab a quick sandwich, or have a long boozy, carb heavy lunch in a beautiful spot, you should definitely check out Giulio’s, we cannot wait to go back!