Gemelli Cafe Grill is a regular dinner spot for Eat West. Firstly, we love the burgers – we featured the Gemelli Burger in our Burgers of the West series – and secondly we think that in terms of quality and service, Gemelli Cafe Grill is consistently good. Owned by a local family, Gemelli opened in 2015 and I’ve yet to have a meal there that we did not enjoy. Head Chef Warren Flanagan has a paddock to plate ethos, and you really notice the quality ingredients. The menu is excellent, with a good variety of breakfasts, burgers, salads and larger evening meals. If you happen to visit in the evening, or you need a hair of the dog, the cocktails are pretty decent too!
Gemelli Cafe Grill is a large, purpose built restaurant; typical of the venues that dominate the café and restaurant scene in Australia’s newer suburbs. I’ll be the first to admit that these venues are often not my first choice for a night out or a lazy brunch – as I find it difficult to relax and unwind in such large, sterile, open spaces. I quite like Gemelli though – the interior uses lots of warm tones and timber, and the space is cleverly divided, with diners having the opportunity to watch the chefs at work in the kitchen through large glazed panels. There is a great outdoor space too, which is definitely a huge win for the area, as there are not many about.
Gemelli recently updated the menu and we’ve visited a few times to give it a run. They have kept the crowd favourites, and added in a few new dishes to shake things up a bit, and offer a few heartier meals as we come into Winter.
My favourite meal at Gemelli to date is the char grilled market fish. When we visited the special was a Blue Eye Cod, and it was beautiful. The panzanella salad is the perfect accompaniment, simple and fresh with crunchy bread and sharp olives – it’s massively under-rated as a salad and you don’t see it on menus enough.
You can’t go past the burgers here, they are always really good. The Gemelli Burger at $17.90 for a double patty, is getting top-end price wise for a burger, but it is worth it. It is as tasty as any gourmet burger bar would offer up, and the the kids love the slider-sized version too. We featured this burger in our Burgers of the West feature last year – if you like your burgers, definitely check it out 🙂
POTTED TASMANIAN SALMON PATE ($19.5); Toasted Zeally Bay ciabatta, egg cocotte, grilled asparagus, beetroot relish, cucumber, feta and lime
Breakfasts at Gemelli are also a winner. I was happy to see my favourite Baked Eggs still on the menu, and the new dishes have definitely turned their morning offering up a notch. The Potted Tasmanian Salmon Pate is possibly one of the most beautifully breakfasts I have had in the Point Cook area. It looks sensational – the textures and colours, the cute little board – it wouldn’t look out of place in a swanky city restaurant. This is a must-try dish if you are popping in – it’s divine!
KIDS BANANA SPLIT PANCAKE ($10); Fresh banana, vanilla ice cream, soft chocolate, strawberry sauce, maraschino cherries
The menu only has one designated breakfast dish for the kiddies, and it’s enough to make your teeth hurt just looking it! This is probably more sugar than I like to give my two for breakfast and it was definitely one for them to share. The pancake is huge, fluffy and light and absolutely drenched in chocolate sauce, and the ice cream, icing sugar, sprinkles and strawberry sauce make sure that sugar hits like a train 😉 . If you are after something a little healthier, there are plenty of other options from the main menu suited to little appetites, and a good range of muffins in the cabinet at the front.
GOOD OLD EGGS BENEDICT ($15.9); Poached free range eggs on a toasted English muffin, slow cooked and rolled Victorian leg ham, hollandaise
Another great dish and stepping things up from the usual folded slice of ham, is Gemelli’s take on Eggs Benedict. They looked a little lonely on the huge plate, but these carefully constructed and presented English muffins topped with slow cooked ham, huge pillowy eggs and house-made hollandaise (we requested only a small amount of hollandaise) are delicious. The coffee here is also consistently good – Gemelli use Padre beans, again in keeping with their ethos of using only premium, locally sourced produce.
Gemelli gets busy on the weekends, particularly for brunch, when we would recommend booking. You’ll find it quieter mid-week, this likely being down to the lack of parking in the Palmers Road area since Williams Landing station opened. You can usually find a space, but give yourself some extra time and be prepared for a short walk. Hopefully this issue will resolve itself with Council plans to increase and improve parking nearby.
Shop 123, 22-30 Wallace Ave Point Cook VIC 3030
03 9369 7602
Restaurant and Express
Open 7 days a week
Mon – Fri 7:00am – late
Sat – Sun 8:00am – late