Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New Menu at Makaron at Mejaka House - perfect gourmet getaway

I've just come back form a bit of a sabbatical, with some much-needed down-time and plenty of reading, beach walking and general indulgent lazing about in the Eastern Cape.

I also have so so so much to write about!!! Just before I left, I visited a variety of restaurants, wineries and had some amazing wine-filled festival fun. So I have to spend the next couple weeks catching up on my writing and sharing...

And no better way to start it off than by introducing you to some of the new dishes on Makaron's new menu. Majeka House (the stunning boutique hotel just outside Stellenbosch which houses Makaron) is the perfect gourmet getaway destination. Closely located to numerous wineries and local eateries, it's a luxurious accommodation spot with a great spa and, of course, its own very well-known eatery.

Makaron Restaurant - Bread, Milk bread, sourdough bread, knackebrod, cheese tuille, caramelised naartjie butter, goats butter, farm butter, beetroot salt

Makaron table setting

After a trip overseas Chef Tanja Kruger has returned with renewed vigor and intriguing ideas which translate beautifully on her plates of colourful and refreshing food. My husband and I were invited to try some of the new dishes and although we had different favourites, we both agreed that the set menu was wonderful.

I was particularly taken with her thin rye crispy breads and the variety of salts and butters presented to the table. I also loved the use of pairing local craft beers as well as wine with some of the dishes.

So, without further adieu, here's what we ate:

 Makaron Restaurant 45 minute oysters, herbs, flowers, soubise and fennel veil
Warwick Professor Black ’12 – R45         Boston Brewery ‘Naked Mexican’ – R20
R 95

Makaron Restaurant Nettle royale, thyme bisquits, ostrich tartare and pickled egg yolk
Nitida Semillon ’12  – R45        •     Village Brewery Pale Ale –R20
R 75

Makaron Restaurant Winter vegetables, rocket, granola, labneh
The Foundry Viognier ’12 – R45         Birkenhead Honey Blond Ale – R26
R 65

Makaron Restaurant Hake with miso, roasted sweetcorn, onion, carrot and spekboom
Stellenrust ‘47’ Chenin Blanc     •     Darling ‘Bone Crusher’ Wit Beer - R33

Makaron Restaurant Cheese cake, hibiscus and plantation pepper
Thelema Late Harvest Riesling ’09 – R35
R 65

Makaron Restaurant Warm vanilla pudding, lime curd, ginger ice-cream, verbena Paul Cluver Riesling ’11 – R45

R 65
They currently have accommodation and restaurant specials, so visit the website for more information.
Restaurant specials: 3-course for R295, 4-course for R350 and 6 course for R590.

021 880 1549

PS - Don't head off without trying their eggs Benedict for breakfast - gorgeous thick creamy hollondaise sauce with English muffins.

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