For our next instalment of Best of Joburg restaurants guide, we headed to Fourways in Johannesburg last week to try something simple, healthier, and with a personal touch. Carmella’s and owner Cecilia Chemaly gave us exactly that. The restaurant provides light, high quality and very fresh meals – complemented by freshly squeezed juices. The staff were welcoming and friendly.
When we first met Cecilia on arrival, she was full of energy. She is a force of nature who warmly welcome guests by greeting them by names – she treats them like friends. She is a former academic who jetted onto the culinary division about 13 years ago to start her own restaurant after a successful career as the hospitality lecturer.
Carmella’s transformed from a small coffee shop to a bigger and better space. The décor looks modern with cool vintage botanical style. The atmosphere is just so right.
The food looks and tastes good. We had the most exquisite beef stir fry – beef strips, Asian noodles, stir fry veg and hoisin sauce; as well as Carmella’s signature beef – beef patty, fried egg, bacon, gherkins and roasted tomato mayo. The restaurant is inspired by Portuguese cuisine and considers other cultures – Italian, Asian, etc. – as well.
One of the regular customers at Carmella’s said: “The restaurant is an everyday must for locals. The creamiest cappuccinos in the neighbourhood are paired with nutritious breakfasts, making for the flawless start to any sunrise. “ You can also start the afternoon with a share of one of the mouth-watering cakes – inspired by Cecilia’s mom – alongside a chai latte.
In 2007 the warm scent of roasting coffee beans, tasty treats and hearty meals flowed out of Carmella’s front door and welcomed friendly customers. Carmella’s is based on family values, loyalty, care and generosity. When you visit Carmella’s you are entering a type of comfort zone and you always get the best of anything with a smile.
The restaurant specialises in traditional, healthy and wholesome meals – all made with love and served with a smile.
Address: Cedar Square Address: #U2, 5 Cedar Rd, Fourways, 2068.