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We recently went exploring in Dainfern Square Shopping Centre and were excited to discover 011 Dainfern by The Baron. Now, when one thinks of The Baron, you think huge, busy, packed with families and kids and although 011 Dainfern is part of the Baron group – this is something totally different.
Take a name you can trust and compress it in size, add some epic décor, an extensive wine and gin list and a whole bunch of pizazz and you have 011 Dainfern.
Toting themselves as a Gin Bar and Restaurant, 011 Dainfern is the place to be for lunch (it was busy on the Wednesday that we visited) and Friday nights see an inhouse DJ playing lively beats for the after-work drinks crowd.
We loved the bar that is certainly the focal point of the restaurant and is presided over by a giant train station clock, complete with brass pipes, alluding to the front of a railway train – in fact the entire restaurant carries a 1930’s train station theme, slick and polished and more formal and edgier than The Baron – but still carrying that stamp of trusted quality that we all know and love.
They have been open since September 2016 and are growing in leaps and bounds. In fact, they are proud of the fact that they are constantly evolving and changing as they go. Their initial wine list had only 20 wines on it – now it is exponentially bigger as they grow.
They also have a wide variety of local beers on tap – including many craft and artisanal varieties that we love.
The food menu still carries your favourite steaks and grills but add to that delicious open sandwiches and salads and their ladies lunch specials is great – a salad and a glass of wine for R 80 – what more do you need!?
We tried the Grilled Salmon with Enoki mushrooms, roast potato squares and a pea purée, as well as the Bacon and Chorizo Pasta and the Quesadilla – all were delicious and good portion sizes. We also really love that if you are not in the mood for a heavy/filling meal – especially if you are having a business lunch and still need to go back to the office, there are lighter options available.
011 Dainfern is open for lunch and dinner (and anything in-between), seven days a week.
Whether you are looking for a quick cocktail or an elaborately garnished Gin, this is the place to be. No bog-standard G&T’s here, Hello Joburgers! These babies come in wine goblets, beautifully presented and accompanied by fresh fruits and herbs that match the botanicals of the gins they are created with. This is literally the “theatre of restaurants” and we were duly entertained!
Whether it’s a quick cocktail or a gourmet dinner, one thing you are sure to receive is great value for your money at 011 Dainfern.
New! Watch out for baby sister 011 Morningside, opening soon!
A: Shop 50 & 50A, Dainfern Square Shopping Centre
T: 010 493 3660/1 Email: email@example.com
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