Eating Out: Cattle Baron Umhlanga Pearls

Cattle Baron is home to The Original, famous, ever-popular flaming Chateaubriand fillet steak served perfectly every time. Other signature dishes include our legendary 600g Fat Tuesday Rump/Sirloin, our exclusive 600g T-Bone steak as well as our renowned Green Pepper Fillet Madagascar and our unique Carpet Bag Fillet steak.”

The restaurant includes the legendary up-market Grill House that Cattle Baron is famous for. The franchise was founded in 1987 by franchisor, Ronnie Dick, with the Cattle Baron Umhlanga Pearls being the first within KZN, which is owned by Essery Hamilton.

As a steak lover, this has got to be one of the best steak joints I have been to in Durban with a juicy and perfectly cooked steak presented within a reasonable time frame.

I had a 2-course meal – starter and main. The volume of both dishes were large and provide value for money, however, I do feel there can be imporvement on the presentation. The taste and quality were above average and I really enjoyed both my meals.

For my starter I shared a platter that offered stuffed mushrooms (deep fried white button mushrooms filled with a delicious mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley & sherry), crumbed calamari steak strips and venison carpaccio served with rocket heaped on bruschetta. The menu states that for R160 the platter serves 3-4 and I have to agree, especially if you are having a main meal. I found that this was the perfect starter to keep my hunger at bay until my main meal arrived, which took around 30 minutes in total, which I barely felt whilst digging into the starter and chatting in between bites.


When the main meal arrived, the plate was warm, the steak was steaming and it smelt delicious. I ordered a beef fillet steak off their specialty menu – the Carpetbagger with gourmet filling of feta cheese, bacon, and peppadews, which complemented the steak.

I had asked for my fillet medium and it was cooked to perfection, still pink inside, which is a plus for me. Well done to the Chef Thagen Sigamoney!

The meat itself was tender, succulent, flavoursome and filling.

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If you are a meat lover, I would highly recommend the specialty steaks, of which there are a wide variety.

Not only does Cattle Baron have a vast menu of meaty dishes, they also provide vegetarian dishes, salads, and desserts and have a warm ambiance that is complemented by the upbeat background music. The restaurant itself is large and caters for both indoor and outdoor dining, catering to a vast variety of preferences.

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Throughout the week, customers can also expect wonderful in-house specials and live music at the weekend.


One such special is the Beef Ribs special available every Wednesday.


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Keep updated on the latest specials via their Facebook page.

Where can you find them? 7 McCausland Cres, Umhlanga, 4320

My rating: Four stars

Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday

Monday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Friday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Sunday 11:30AM–9:30PM

Reservations: Strongly recommended
Noise: Conversation-friendly
Other: Wheelchair accessible; undercover and secure parking

Area: Prime

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