During my recent Solo Stellenbosch experience I was lucky enough to enjoy one of the most memorable foodie experiences of my life…. an evening at the Chef’s Table in the kitchen of Makaron at Majeka House where I enjoyed a 7 course wine and food pairing menu! Talk about decadence. I don’t think I could eat for days afterwards. But it was oh so worth it!
First though a little bit more about Majeka House in Stellenbosch… Upon arrival at Majeka House I was immediately struck at how private and personal this boutique hotel felt. With unusual decor (and a thing for pigs) there was something intimate and warm about the space and I immediately regretted that I was only staying for one night!
Recently refurbished my suite overlooking a lap pool was chic and I was quick to order a cocktail to take advantage of my time alone… this being Solo Stellenbosch of course! After a busy day wining, dining and walking my way around the town it was heaven to jump onto the bed and soak into the soft cushions before running a hot bath for some extra TLC. Unfortunately with my quick turnaround I didn’t have time to pop into the spa but I have it on good authority that it is one of the best in the business… and it sounds well worth a return visit!
As the day had been a solo travel experience I was well expecting to dine alone and then walk back to my room, just 10m away from the restaurant, but was pleasantly surprised that I had a visitor just before dinner and then discovered our dining experience was to be at the exclusive Chef’s Table right in the heart of the Makaron kitchen!
Now to be sure this was a first for me… prior to this I had never had the pleasure of sitting in a kitchen (besides my own!) and watching all the workings go on behind the scenes. Makaron is consistently rated as one of the Top 20 restaurants in the Eat Out Awards for South Africa so I knew to expect great food but what I got was even better!
From the very start every mouthful was magnificent and every detail was taken care of. The menu was unrivaled from the ones I have tasted. Highlights included the bread bread soup on the bread board and the ingeniously presented amuse bouche perched on a vine branch!
The menu was as follows:
First: Miso Hake, Daikon, Pickled Radish and Ponzu Emulsion
Second: Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Parfait, Mushroom
Third: Duck Breast, Roasted Carrots, Citrus
Fourth: Beef Rib, Parsnip, Parsley, Bone Marrow Foam
Fifth: African Chocolate, Coffee, Hazelnut (plus a sneaky taste of the other dessert on the menu!)
Each course was paired perfectly with a specific wine from the area – and all were unique and unusual, exposing myself and my dinner companion to new wine and hidden boutique wineries we hadn’t heard of!
Another huge highlight for me was the location of the table. It was truly special sitting right in the heart of the action of this well-run kitchen. This was the view from my table – you’ve never seen a better run kitchen, clean and orderly and not one raised voice to be heard!
And then to celebrate the memorable experience we were gifted a copy of the menu signed by the team and attached to a Instax photo of our evening! A very special touch. I had such a stunning experience. My only regret? Not being able to finish every course… I definitely should have fasted for the day prior to this foodie fantasy. Of course that just means I’ll have to go back… HUNGRY!