Adrian Vaughan

I was treated to a chef’s table at Time Square and it was amazing

Sun International recently invited journalists to visit Time Square, the new casino it is building at Menlyn Maine in Pretoria. Along with a tour of the casino floor that was under construction, with a focus on the tech being used in the games[1], we were introduced to the managers responsible for various aspects of the casino – before being ushered into the kitchen. There we met the kitchen staff, who were introduced by group executive chef Ronald Ramsamy.

What followed was an amazing five-course meal, courtesy of Sun International.

Time Square under construction

Menlyn Maine was still very much a construction site during our visit. Time Square under construction 2 Time Square construction

Artist’s impression

Time Square artist impression

Time Square artist impression

Time Square kitchen staff

Group executive chef Ronald Ramsamy introduces the Time Square kitchen team. Time Square kitchen staff

The menu

Attendees were given customised wooden boards, with the menu printed on the reverse side. Time Square chefs table gift

Time Square chefs table menu

First course, by chef Ronald Ramsamy

Foie gras, dark chocolate, cucumber, and hazelnut. Paired with Louis XIII cognac. Time Square course 1 preparation

Time Square Louis XIII Time Square course 1 Time Square course 1 - Louis XIII

Second course, by chef Ramon Gouws

Salmon, dulse, avocado, cucumber, sesame, soy, and chilli.

Paired with a 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal. Time Square course 2 close up Time Square course 2

Third course, by chef Adrian Vaughan

Black angus beef, young vegetables, madeira, and truffle.

Paired with a 2015 De Grendel Shiraz. Time Square course 3

Pre-dessert, by chef Chester Graham

White wine maas, cranberry, blood orange, and chocolate. Paired with a 2016 Cederberg Sustainable Ros?.

Time Square course 4 - pre-dessert

Dessert, by chef Sean Mann

Six shades darker, paired with a 2010 Ken Forrester Noble T.

Time Square course 5 - dessert

Now read: Favourite fast food of South African techies[2]


  1. ^ tech being used in the games (
  2. ^ Favourite fast food of South African techies (