Makaron Restaurant – A One-of-A-Kind Dining Experience

Stellenbosch is a delightful town located in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is rich in culture and history, with many examples of historic architectural beauty blending into the scenic landscape. The region is well known for the magnificent award-winning wines that are produced here, and there are a number of elegant restaurants with gourmet menus to match.

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Makaron Restaurant is one such establishment in Stellenbosch. However, the aim here is to stand out from the crowd and provide diners with a one-of-a-kind dining experience. And, as one of the top twenty restaurants in the country, is does just that.

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The restaurant is a pleasing balance of elegance and comfort. Makaron opened towards the end of 2008 and has recently had a successful makeover. The overall effect is a signature combination of luxury and quirkiness.

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Similar themes can be seen in the menu which focuses on “authentic, true and elegant food”. Chef Tanja Kruger delivers nothing less than this. Her innovative menu is characterized by incredible combinations and features both modern dishes as well as the occasional family recipe. Dishes feature fresh local produce, including olives, herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden.

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When asked about her signature dishes, Kruger replies that whilst regular guests request their favorites, she is always seeking to evolve and seek new inspiration. Every year, this enthusiastic chef travels overseas to gain valuable experience in Michelin star restaurants and these influences are clearly evident in her menus.

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Her individuality and quirky personality infuse the dishes that come out of her bustling kitchen. One such example is how she has taken her guilty pleasure of Vienna sausages and transformed it into a fine dining dish. No matter what you order, there is a balance of flavors and textures, with distinctive flavors that are not overpowering.

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In a nod to the restaurant’s location in the Cape Winelands, the sommelier Esmé Groenwald has paired each item on the menu with the perfect wine to complement the flavors. The result is a list of impeccable combinations for a meal like no other.

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A favorite option amongst diners is the five course tasting menu with wine pairings. This is undoubtedly the best of both worlds. One such example is Akamiso Seared Tuna with Laksa foam, carrots, cashew and coconut, which is paired with a 2014 Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer.

The service at Makaron is particularly attentive. Every effort is made to accommodate diners’ dietary requirements and personal preferences. Guests would do well to book the restaurant’s kitchen table. This marble-topped table is situated in the kitchen and provides a unique vantage point from which to see the workings of a professional kitchen.

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At Makaron, the team is efficient and organized. What stands out is their exceptional teamwork that, together with a fun camaraderie, creates a happy working environment. The kitchen table allows guests to experience the bustling efficient kitchen, and yet somehow have a private intimate dining area.

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As one diner at Makaron remarked, “You haven’t visited Stellenbosch until you’ve eaten here.”

Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House 26-32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch, 7600 Western Cape Email: info@makaronrestaurant.co.za Tel: +27 21 880 1549

Fax: +27 21 880 1550 Website: www.makaronrestaurant.co.za/Home.aspx

Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.