Taking over the old Rémy site on High Street, Gilbert’s is a bright all-day diner bringing a touch of Greece to Kew East.
It's a collaboration between Andrew Skoullos, the former owner of Fitzroy cafe Gabriel, and its former manager Benny Mazzetti – with Tobias Haegele and chef Manish Budhathoki.
Gilbert’s serves classic Aussie brunch alongside dishes with a Mediterranean accent – a nod to Skoullos’s and Mazzetti’s respective Greek and Italian roots. You might find a fried-halloumi-topped Greek salad, spanakopita like yia yia makes and – on the sweet front – French toast inspired by tsoureki, a fluffy Greek bread served with caramelised banana and cinnamon custard. On the handheld front, the egg-and-bacon roll and chicken burger are both solid choices.
Drinks-wise, there’s Inglewood coffee alongside a range of smoothies, shakes, cold-pressed juices and brunch-friendly cocktails – including $5 mimosas all day, every day. There’s also grab-and-go section that includes a handful of ready-to-heat meals.
A huge refurbishment saw walls knocked down to make way for a larger, more open-plan space leading into the sunny courtyard. Walls and ceilings have been painted in bottle green, while a pink-terrazzo-tiled coffee counter sits front and centre.
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