Breathe out. That’s what you do when you arrive at Majeka
House in Stellenbosch. It’s a beautiful boutique hotel in a quiet suburb
The tranquil garden setting is perfect for flopping into one of the plush,
cushioned deck chairs and the indoor pool, complete with African-style
chandeliers is downright gorgeous.
The rooms are decadent with lots of extra bells and
whistles, my favourites being the Lavazza coffee machine and perfectly plump
feather pillows - super-important in my book, you can’t have a good nights rest
on a dodgy pillow now can you?
The jewel of this luscious place is Makaron. A
crazy-beautiful restaurant (it won the EatOut Boschendal Style Award, 2011) with
serious attention to detail. The plates are a bespoke collection from David
Walters in Franschhoek and present the food in a striking and interesting way.
Chef Tanja Kruger is on the SA culinary Olympic team and has made her mark since beginning at Makaron.
The food is light and filled with fresh flavours. My biggest
impression was that they used seasonal ingredients and there plump, ripe figs and
fragrant herbs from the garden I had strolled through earlier on in the day.
The menu is contemporary and summery and even the ‘Study of Lamb’
was not too heavy with stunning gastronomic details like mint sauce pearls to finished
it off with elegance.
Dessert portions are large and beautiful so leave some room,
or share one, even if it’s just to ogle the plating.
Check out this stunning gallery of food and design...
I love that each dish is paired with a wine and a craft beer, it's funky and great for people who just prefer a beer.
The best part of the wine list? They're very reasonably priced. Unusual for a fine dining establishment, but
the owners have strong feelings about ridiculous mark-ups. High 5's all around.
Spoiling yourself to beautiful, great tasting food in a gorgeous space.
Note: It is open to the public, so book at will.
- Caro de Waal