Majeka House – Mario Arendse

I’m a typical Capetonian in that I can happily hibernate during winter trying to get by with doing as little possible, in the form of entertainment, as I wait for the arrival of the summer months.

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The opportunity to go to Majeka House and their Makaron Restaurant was my opportunity to snap out of this winter funk. The venue is neatly nestled in a residential area on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. There are so many lovely Boutique hotels popping up everywhere, but I have to say this is definitely one of my favourites.

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The vibe is laid back but sophisticated, the venue is beautifully decorated, as are all the rooms. It’s the perfect place to celebrate an Anniversary or romantic breakaway. There is an undercover heated pool at the spa facility that includes a Jacuzzi and sauna for guests to use at their own leisure. There’s a quaint library/bar facility where guests are free to lounge at the cosy fireplace.

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There are lots of options for diners, as you can choose between 3-5 plate meals with or without wine pairing.

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The amuse-bouche consisted of Caesar taco/ crispy chicken skin, truffle/beetroot, trout cracker, roosterkoek, bokkom butter, mosbolletjie and korrelkonfyt. The crispy chicken skin was fantastic, nothing like I expected…it was a bit like a potato crisp. Absolutely loved the roosterkoek and bokkom butter, which was not at all very fishy strangely enough.

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The first course consisted of the following options:

Baby marrow risotto, raw mushroom, cured egg yolk shavings.

Kale, broccoli, miso, seaweed.

Slow roasted carrot, cumin, pork crackling and a carrot jus

The next course consisted of:

Sweet breads, leeks and mushroom tea

Prawn confit, curry, smoked snail shavings and coconut.

Raw scallops, oyster cream, ginger, vermouth and green radish…I loved this dish, and I prefer the scallops raw as you can taste freshness.

Smoked hake, slat baked celeriac, soured onion and dill.

 

Then was the…

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Warm trout, bone marrow, cauliflower and basil

Mushroom ravioli, house made malt vinegar, parmesan…this course was one of my favourites, beautifully presented.

Leipoldtd’s springbok “rafeltjievleis”, stewed fruit, pickle onion.

Guinea fowl, spiced parsnip and fermented berry sauce.

Suckling pig, turnips, brown butter and golden delicious apple.

 

Desserts consisted of:

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Chocolate, potato

Roasted pear, burnt onion, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Banana, toasted yeast caramel and sourdough ice- cream…. a strange concept maybe but it was yummy.

Fire roasted pineapple, lemon, shiso, pineapple beer sorbet.

All the courses were hard to fault and I loved the attention to detail and intimate ambience. This venue is maybe one of the best kept secrets in Stellenbosch and I’m sure to be back. I miss their “Godfather” cocktail already.

CURRENT SPECIALS

WINTER NIGHT OUT

R1325 pp sharing

1-night accommodation in a Premier room

4-course small plate dinner at Makaron for 2 (excl. Beverages)

Breakfast for 2

Upgrade to a Garden for R600, Mountain View for R920 and Poolside for R1510. Single supplement of R520

Valid from 1 May to 30 September except for Wednesdays

T: +27 21 880 1549 | E: reservations@majekahouse.co.za

WINTER ESCAPE

R1845 pp sharing

1-night accommodation in a Premier room

Choice of a 60-minute treatment each and a 4-course small plate dinner (excl. Beverages) at Makaron for 2

Breakfast for 2

Upgrade to a Garden for R600, Mountain View for R920 and Poolside for R1510. Single supplement of R520

Valid from 1 June to 30 September except for Wednesdays

T: +27 21 880 1549 | E: reservations@majekahouse.co.za

SPRING DELIGHT

R1815 pp sharing

4-course small plate dinner (excl. Beverages) at Makaron for 2

1-night accommodation for 2 in a Premier room

Breakfast for 2

Upgrade to a Garden for R215pp, Mountain View for R665pp and Poolside for R965pp. Single supplement of R700

Full non-refundable deposit requested on reservation

Valid from 1 to 30 October 2018

T: +27 21 880 1549 | E: reservations@majekahouse.co.za

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Restaurant Info:

Majeka House * Hotel * Restaurant * Spa

26-32 Houtkapper Street,

Paradyskloof,

Stellenbosch

7600

Tel No: +27 21 880 1549.

Email: reservations@majekahouse.co.za.

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

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