Like the name suggests, the theme of Gaia Ristorante & Bar is Nature, as personified by Gaia, the Goddess of Earth. Its culinary team, headed by Chef Merono Martini, has embraced this philosophy in the cuisine, which is elegant, beautifully presented Italian food that feels like it’s been harvested right out of the garden. Of special mention is the homemade pasta, fresh mozzarella and the inclusion of favourites from his region of Veneto.
Housed in the colonial Goodwood Park Hotel, the dining space alludes to Italian courtyards with its garden style dining area, complete with plush seats, beautiful paintings and gauzy white drapes for romance. A modern lobby bar, a chic private dining room and a glass-enclosed wine cellar add a contemporary feel to the decor. Bring a date to Gaia, and you may both feel like you’ve just rediscovered Eden.