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I feel sad that it didn’t happen to visit Baron before; confident to be good, Baron has no signboard and it’s hidden in the tiny streets of Mar Mikhael. Being the talk of the town for the last two years, you’ll understand Baron’s success the minute you walk in. A professional staff takes care of your orders and drinks, soothing music, warm decor and a certain unmatched attention to details. Tonight I’m enjoying dinner at Baron.
I loved the lights coming down from the ceiling we usually use in our productions. The lean marble tables. The candlelights. The rectangular mirrors making the place look bigger. The high ceiling painted in white. The wooden chairs and long benches made of bright wood and grey fabrics. A bowl of sea salt, ceramic plates with a black skull in their center and a fine napkin, so soft it feels like a pillow.
The concept: Baron changes its menu every day based on the market daily produces; Vegetables, dairy, seafood, pork, meat, lamb, fowl. Discovering the restaurant and menu for the first time, I asked our waiter to choose his favorite plates without garlic.
We were served by Ibrahim who did a great job tonight! So let’s eat and enjoy Baron’s sexy food: surreal food!
The plates started landing on the table, amazing plates, super innovative, extremely spiced, intensely aromatic and created with love and passion. Art on a plate from the shape to the content. Ibrahim approached and explained every single plate. Every bite is a journey... every time food touched my tongue, I felt something... my emotions were activated, making my body tremble. I’ve rarely felt something of the sort; the chef knows what he’s doing, he understands his ingredients and has the courage to push his creativity to the limit.
The cauliflower rocks! Tender and firm at the same time, juicy inside out, covered with shawarma spices and bathing in Tarator. The carrot is outstanding... it’s a carrot, simply carrot, and it’s gourmet and upscale; my tongue was lost.
Grilling cheese or heating Halloumi is different at Baron. A super thick chunk of Halloum covered with crunchy pistachio. Oh My God... I felt like screaming... I was jumping on my seat from joy.
Is this meat or butter!? The most tender piece of meat I’ve ever had, so smooth and so elegant that I felt it singing under my palate. Imported from the UK just for you, take your time to enjoy every bite in style. You have to try the curry rice and haddock fish.
More food... yes, and I wished time would stop! Slow cooked lamb shank served in a wok with moghrabieh and shawarma spices. It’s a mix of orientalist and modernism combined to create a masterpiece. Bravo chef!
“C’est magic... c’est vraiment magic!”
I had the honor and chance to do a tour around the kitchens with Ethienne, partner and manager. The highest quality ingredients, the finest architectural materials, the best cocktails... and the list goes on and on. The guys have put into Baron their learnings of the last decade in the food and beverage industry.
Don’t come here if you’re not doing the mess game at the end! A dessert prepared in front of you will mess up your head. Redefining simplicity into a dessert that will satisfy all your cravings. Crunchy meringue, fresh labneh ice cream, lemon, red fruits, and happiness.
Enough words: I can’t find any! The desserts are outstanding! What the hell is this dates cake! Is it real?
No words can describe my amazement to Baron’s food: I believe this restaurant serves fine-dining yet casual quality. If the Michelin guide was established in Lebanon, Baron would definitely get the "Bib Gourmand" recognition.