Often, one is in the mood to taste a whole lot of different things instead of tucking in to a large plate of food.
Words by Greg Landman
The popularity of the tapas movement worldwide—those clever Spanish!—has shown that people everywhere are favouring more flavours at one sitting than one can get out of traditional cooking.
The only downside is that often the tapas plate is so small that one can go through many of them before hunger subsides. This depends on how piggy you are at the eating game. Enter the ‘small plates’ concept—not quite a starter –not quite a tapas plate—and certainly not main course.
The menu at Makaron falls nicely between two stools with fairly generous portions and if two or more of you are eating you can taste at least eight excellent dishes—a very delicious way to go. Starters include heirloom tomato with white balsamic jelly, ricotta and granita gazpacho—icy cool and intensely tomatoey, and coal roasted cauliflower with cabbage, sweetcorn and Parmesan. Go on to cured Franschhoek trout with tart beetroot apple kraut, and beef tartare with spicy accompaniments.
Mains of butter poached kingklip with black garlic and eggplant and Chalmar sirloin with umami butter and crispy onions are perfect matches for each other. The sweet ending of quirky little milk tart ice cream sandwiches and passion fruit with meringue and coconut are delicious. The excellent wine list and good service go a long way to make the evening go well. The elegant setting helps , with a cosy fire for winter nights.
Only open in the evenings—four small plates R450 per person—with wine pairing R770 or wine from the list by the bottle or glass.
MAKARON AT MAJEKA HOUSE STELLENBOSCH PHONE: 021 880 1549
As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.