In Makaron Restaurant a contemporary interior using a clever mix of repurposed and recycled furniture complemented by modern statement pieces has been created. Beautiful tables by Cape Town designer Gregor Jenkins and Louis Ghost chairs take pride of place. The result is a visually stimulating space that offers extreme comfort and encourages complete immersion in the dining experience. The overall effect is an understated feeling of luxury.
Airy and light, the restaurant overlooks lush gardens and leads onto a sheltered terrace for alfresco dining. It is in this stimulating setting that resident chef Tanja Kruger presents her menu of fresh, modern cuisine grounded in the French classics. Tanja has enormous respect for the quality and provenance of each ingredient that comes into her kitchen and takes pride in working with ethical producers and suppliers who share hng more and more with raw vegetables, fruits and flowers inspired by a recent trip to Paris,’ says Tanja, who spent time working under celebrated chef Alain Passard at the Michelin-starred L’Arpège in the centre of Paris.
Here she was exposed not only to the finer details of French cooking techniques but also gleaned up-to-the-minute tips for plating food. It has inspired a collection of handmade crockery, made exclusively for the restaurant by Franschhoek potter David Walters. The irregular- shaped plates and bowls, decorated with colourful swirls, provide the perfect blank canvas for Tanja’s beautiful food. Complementing Makaron Restaurant is M Bar, an inviting lounge-style bar with the decadent ambience of a Parisian salon and an enticing menu of “floating food”, as the chef calls it, that is ideal for sharing and for pairing with a cocktail, beer or glass of chilled wine.