The Baron

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24 Central Complex, Gwen Lane, Sandton, South Africa




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    Dec 2014 · Karen Elowitt

    The night I ate at The Baron the area was experiencing a power outage, so I can’t say that my...

    The night I ate at The Baron the area was experiencing a power outage, so I can’t say that my experience was typical, but it was definitely unique.

    This expansive steakhouse-cum-burger joint managed to forge ahead with dinner service anyway, despite having only a couple of emergency lights and candles on the tables for illumination.

    The lack of electricity didn’t dull the spirits of the diners though, who happily munched and chatted with each other to a soundtrack of pulsating 80s pop rock. Though I could hardly see, I think I discerned the outline of a glossy bar area and several raised, glass-enclosed dining nooks among the general spread of indoor and outdoor tables.

    Using my keychain torch, I surveyed the meat-heavy menu, which offered a lot of comfort-food dishes like potato skins with all the fixings, burgers, various cuts of steak with a variety of sauces, chicken mains, and savory sides like cheesey bread, onion rings, and fries. Fish and chips and calamari are about as much seafood as you can get here, and there are a few curries and pasta dishes for those who really want to go there.

    I ordered the chicken trenchado, which is a dish with chicken chunks drowning in a creamy peri peri sauce. It was fantastic and spicy ­­– despite the bell peppers being MIA — and came with a plate of bread to soak up the delicious sauce. I had originally asked for the baked potato side, but considering the ovens weren’t working, I changed that to a side of veggies instead, but mysteriously ended up with mashed sweet potatoes (?)

    My companion ordered the Baron burger, which was rather bland and tasteless, but filling and juicy at the same time. Not sure if I should blame this on the power outage, or just a general lack of seasoning!

    We opted to skip dessert, but were tempted by the creme brûlée, bread and butter pudding, and chocolate mousse. The only downside of The Baron (besides the obvious) was the fact that someone was smoking a cigar on the outdoor patio, and the smell wafted into the interior.

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