I’m really passionate about a good Eggs Benedict. Some might even say a little bit weirdly obsessive about it, actually. If we’re out for breakfast over the weekend (which ends up happening an awful lot) and there’s an Eggs Benedict on the menu, I find it really hard not to order it. And if there’s an Eggs Norwegian on the menu (same thing, but with smoked salmon instead of ham) then I DEFINITELY can’t order anything else. Guys, I don’t think you realise how serious I am about this obsession. Benedict, whoever and wherever you are, bless your beautiful soul.
Though we’re not really celebrators of Valentines Day, I’m never one to pass up an opportunity to hunt down a good EgsBen (see, we’re on first name basis even) so we headed out to Remo’s Liberta on Nelson Mandela Square for breakfast. I even wore a red dress for the occasion – clearly never one to pass up the opportunity to wear something bright. I’d not been to Remo’s before, but rumours of their delicious food and delicious decor, and we were keen to try it out.
Being Valentines Day, all the ladies were treated to a cocktail upon arrival, so I knew pretty much as soon as we sat down that I was gonna love this place. Whenever we eat out at a restaurant, I’m taken aback by how little attention is paid to the small details, and this really isn’t the case at Remo’s. Each and every drink receives its own coaster, you’re given cloth napkins, and the manager, Jake, is present and friendly and keen to chat about his passion for the restaurant. These small aspects, in my opinion, are super important in taking your experience from good to great.
The decor in Remo’s is amazing – it’s really worth going there even if it’s just to have a look around. From vintage pressed ceilings, to intricate tiled floors, hand-painted murals, and loads of interesting photographs, there are things to look at all over the place. I love the fact that each Remo’s throughout SA has a different name, and the Nelson Mandela Square branch is named Remo’s Liberta (the Italian word for ‘freedom’) as a special nod to the square’s namesake.
Right, on to food. I ordered The Eggs Onassis, which is ‘Smoked salmon, fresh rocket, poached eggs & minted Hollandaise on toasted Village Ciabatta.’ Are you drooling yet? It was incredibly tasty, genuinely one the loveliest I’ve ever eaten, and that’s really saying something.
Ant had the Sparrows Breakfast, which was a really impressive portion size, despite the name. The Sparrows consists of ‘Poached eggs, crispy bacon, fresh rocket, onion, mushrooms & thyme-infused béchamel sauce on toasted Village Ciabatta’ and I can personally attest to the fact that it was AMAZING. He basically had to fight me off because I wanted to eat both of our breakfasts.
We ended off our meal with a couple of lattes which were tasty and the perfect temperature, and then spent some time daydreaming over the lunch and dinner menu. I fear that maybe I’ve said this too many times, but guys the food and atmosphere and experience were genuinely so great, I can’t recommend Remo’s Liberta highly enough.
We’ve already made plans to have lunch there soon (the pizza is LEGENDARY and apparently incredible) and I plan on taking my family there for my Birthday dinner too – it’s a perfect spot for a bit of a party.
Next time you’re in Sandton, pop into Remo’s, even if it’s just for a coffee or a quick drink at the bar. And if you’re gonna stop and have a meal, call me first – I’, looking for any excuse to go back there.
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Nelson Mandela Square Shop 31 Sandton