I’m coming clean – as much as I enjoy residing in the busy and bustling suburb of Sandton, I’ve got to admit that sometimes I just want to escape the city buzz for somewhere green, lush and tranquil. Being a former Capetonian, can you blame me? I’m all about those long, lazy alfresco brunches!
If you share this consensus, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s in fact a wonderfully charming little restaurant situated on the gorgeous Montrose Nursery property that ticks all the boxes – outstanding food, enthusiastic service, a beautiful garden setting, and a cheerful, laidback atmosphere. Say hello to Gia’s on Montrose!
Last weekend, I decided to pop into this well-loved little eatery for the first time, and I’m ever so glad that I did. I arrived with a good friend of mine in the late morning for a boozy brunch. We were instantly made to feel right at home by the lovely owner, Michelle, and her tremendously ambitious staff.
We were lucky enough to secure a cosy little table under the trees, which was a real treat on such a beautiful, sunny day. To start off, my friend and I opted to order up a round of cappuccinos with cream, which arrived quickly and were delicious. You know when you can just taste that the coffee you’re sipping on is of fine Italian quality? That’s just one of the things you can look forward to at Gia’s.
After a quick peruse of the menu, my friend and I agreed that deciding on just a single dish would be a tough task. With many different options, ranging from hearty breakfasts and fresh salads, to homemade burgers and specialty main meals, you’re truly spoilt for choice here. Eventually, I decided on the Eggs Benedict with ham, while my friend went for the Nordic Sunrise Breakfast.
While we waited for our meals to arrive, we ordered up a round of shaken martinis, which were oh-so-tantalising. Our breakfasts then came out, and rather quickly at that, and were both beautifully presented and ever so tasty. My Eggs Benedict was oozing with delicious mozzarella cheese and was drenched in the most perfect hollandaise sauce. You can bet that I scoffed down every last mouthful!
My friend, on the other hand, was kind enough to let me have a little taste of what was on his plate as well. His breakfast, which boasted 40g grilled smoked salmon, poached eggs, grilled halloumi, grilled rosemary-infused mushrooms, grilled tomato, and rye toast, I found to be a very fresh and flavourful combination. The salmon in specific was sublime! You can bet that I’ll be returning very soon to tuck into my own brekkie like this. I must say that I also just loved the edible flowers that both dishes were garnished with.
After quite literally cleaning our plates, we decided to order another round of cocktails – this time cosmopolitans. They too were bursting with zest and flavour, and were very much enjoyable. To then end off our outstanding brunch on a sweet note, my friend and I decided we’d order Gia’s signature baked cheesecake to share. All I can say is, well, ‘wow!’ It was love at first bite – I don’t think I’ve tasted better cheesecake before.
All in all, I had an excellent time at Gia’s – it really is a hidden gem! The food and drinks are to-die-for, the service and management is faultless, and the setting is something very special. If you’re looking for a lovely spot to indulge in breakfast or lunch, I highly recommend Gia’s on Montrose.
This scrumptious outdoor restaurant eatery also doubles as a cosy place to keep warm in the winter, fully equipped with a fireplace in their intimate indoor section. They’ve even got the kids covered with a great little play area out back. Go on and try this place out for yourself – you certainly won’t be sorry! In fact, I’m sure you’ll only find yourself returning time and time again.
If you’ve visited this restaurant before, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share them with me in the comments below.
by Candice May