Sunday lunch is a tradition that I grew up with, the smell of a 4 hour slow cooked Lamb leg with duck fat roasted potatoes, a selection of vegetables and the rich gravy leaving me anxiously counting down the hours until we could sit down at the lunch table. Soft jazz playing while we chat about the week ahead and the blessings we have received. So to say Sunday lunch is a great memory for me is a huge understatement.
A recently launched Sunday lunch menu immediately grabbed my attention at the Beautiful Makaron Restaurant in Stellenbosch. Majeka house is a gorgeously set up boutique hotel and Spa and is home to Makaron Restaurant.
With an outstanding eye for design as a common thread throughout the restaurant, you are sure to feel welcomed by warm tones, textured materials and clean architecture. Its romantic feel sets the perfect ambiance for a special occasion. If the beautiful details aren’t enough the friendly staff really do make the experience a home away from home. The front entrance is lined with a selection of carefully picked wines that have been meticulously paired with each dish on the menu, this is the amazing work by “bubbly” (excuse the pun) sommelier and Restaurant Manager Esme Groenewald. She brings a wonderful freshness to a very rigid hospitality industry and engages, making you feel as if you are in the very capable hands of a friend.
We were seated and it was very noticeable that this was not meant to be an average Sunday Lunch Roast, rather interpreting the ingredients that you would ordinarily associate with a classic Sunday lunch and developing them in a new and innovative way. The bread course is brought to the table by one of the chefs which is a wonderful personal touch. The chef explains the bread course to you and enquirers about any allergies, which I thought was a lovely way to add an extra touch of homeliness. A selection of delicious roasted onion foccacia, classic South African vetkoek and an innovative gluten free bread are just a few items on the bread board for you to enjoy as you read through the menu.
There is nothing worst than arriving at a restaurant, opening the menu and having so many options that once you have finished reading the menu you have to go back up and read it all over again. The menu consists of three starters, three main courses and three desserts. The menu changes so you are sure to not experience the same things over and over but it allows you to rest assured that the kitchen is focused on particular flavours and those are strong. Of course a menu is a very personal decision yet I would definitely recommend the following:
THE SUNDAY ROAST LUNCH MENU
Rare Beef, roasted garlic and crispy onions paired with Sutherland Pinot Noir 2013
Roasted Sirloin of Beef, carrot puree and roasted onions paired with Hartenberg Merlot 2012
This course is also served with a table salad, table serving of duck fat roasted potatoes, sauteed baby marrow and Parmesan, a horseradish creme and a rich gravy
Caramel Bar paired with Thelema Late Harvest Riesling 2011
After a lovely lunch, you can make your way to the gorgeous Spa, take a dip in the relaxing pool or make your way to the iconic library. Its stylish interior is definitely “Instagram-able” and the perfect place to have an aperitif. Listen to the running water from the outside fish pond and take a seat and relax.
So whether your popping in for Sunday Lunch, a spa treatment or maybe combining the two, I would definitely recommend this gorgeous boutique hotel which prides itself on hospitality, innovative and seasonal flavours and gorgeous interiors. If you would like to experience Majeka House you can visit their website at http://www.majekahouse.co.za/.
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