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The Kitchen at Maison

The Kitchen at Maison
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  • Location 021 876 2116
  • Phone Number Maison Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape
  • Website URL http://www.maisonestate.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12 noon to 3pm; Wed to Mon (end Nov until the end April) 12noon to 3pm

    Dinner: First Friday of every month and Saturdays (end Nov until end of April) 7pm to late

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Cost
R400 per person for four-course set menu
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Modern
Payment
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Critic's review

Hetta van Deventer Terblanche

Food
Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg creates contemporary, fresh and colourful dishes and demonstrates an affinity for Asian flavours. The food looks farm-to-table fresh and sophisticated, yet not over worked.

The Kitchen at Maison follows the seasons and is well-known for utterly delicious seafood dishes like oysters with wasabi, herbs, quinoa and melon, or tempura lobster tail with nam jim aioli, sour corn and avocado. The artisanal charcuterie platter is light enough to order as a starter.

More substantial dishes, such as barbecue beef short ribs with apple, gooseberry and mustard, or a new variation on the old favourite of broccoli chicken, are satisfying and nourishing – ideal to keep the Boland chill at bay. Expect fresh vegetables in innovative variations, like cucumber crackling or a side dish of carrot, ricotta, carrot purée and onion candy.

The dessert menu shows a clever focus on cheese, giving you the opportunity to finish the table wine or just simply to sip a glass of wine with cheese on the side. For those who crave something sweet and decadent at the end of a meal, dessert is not only beautifully presented, but delicious.

Drinks
The wine list is dominated by the estate’s wines, offered by the glass from R48 upwards. In addition, the owner has hand-selected favourite wines from elsewhere, making the wine list more representative across varietals and styles.

Service
Staff members are friendly, well informed and eager to please.

Ambience
Surrounded by vineyards and gardens, the restaurant is a modern, vibrant space with earthy tones – uncluttered and elegant.

And…
With its family-friendly vibe, this is a wonderful spot to spend a lazy lunch.
(September 2015)

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    Food
    Created by chef Arno Janse van Rensburg, this is not your typical wine farm fare. Instead, The Kitchen @ Maison serves modern food with a strong Asian theme that references the Maison brand’s multi-cultural influences. Get into the swing of things by enjoying their excellent sourdough bread, some pungent, creamy home-cured ham and a delicious yellow tomato chutney. A starter of yellowtail sashimi with compressed watermelon and pickled leek hearts is fresh and well balanced. Staying with seafood, a serving of monkfish with kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts is a standout, the earthy and nutty flavours balancing nicely with the dense fish. Move on to a very successful braised beef short-rib with kimchi and carrot purée, and round the experience off with a lovely gooseberry tart served with a delicious whiskey ice cream.

    Wine
    The list is devoted to estate wines, but these do pair well with the mix of Asian and more classic dishes. The wine service is very good – the wines are perfectly chilled, presented and poured.

    Service
    Neatly turned-out waiters are pleasant, informed and eager to serve.

    Ambience
    One enters through a light-filled tasting room into a contemporary and minimalistic space that is all clean lines and uncluttered elegance. It’s a family-friendly affair, with the interior leading seamlessly into the garden and vineyard beyond, with rustic tables outside and an inviting daybed hanging from one of the oaks.

    (August 2014)

  • Owned by interior master Chris Weylandt, the restaurant serves tapas and bistro fare with a serious, contemporary twist. Starters include an excellent charcuterie platter and heavenly smoked bone marrow with crisp sage, fish roe and pickled mustard seeds. Mains, such as wild mushroom tortellini and Karoo lamb rack, are exquisitely plated. The Maison estate wines are on offer. While the wide stoep overlooking rolling lawn is prime position, inside is immaculately styled and sleek. (EO Mag 2014)
  • Food
    Expect tapas and bistro fare with a serious, contemporary twist at this estate restaurant owned by interior master Chris Weylandt. Chips are ‘Heston-style’: triple-cooked and dusted with herbs. For starters the charcuterie platter delivers excellent cured meats, saucisson and pork terrine paired with pickled ginger, olive purée and confit fennel. The smoked bone marrow served with crisp sage, fish roe and pickled mustard seeds is a rich and heavenly delight. While the menu is small, the selection of dishes is varied, and mains such as wild mushroom tortellini and Karoo lamb rack with aubergine are exquisitely plated. Many dishes are served on wooden boards, such as the 500g beef rib (cooked to perfection) paired with a deep and satisfying jus. If you’re keen on nibbling and quaffing, the tapas dishes of local cheeses, beef short rib croquettes and olives are perfect. Desserts are as beautiful as they are delicious, boasting interesting combinations such as pumpkin and white chocolate tart or chocolate and peanut butter meringue with rum cheesecake.

    Wine
    The Maison estate wines are on offer, and they’re happy for you to taste to make sure you’re satisfied with your food and wine pairing. There is a wide choice, from fragrant viognier to spicy shiraz and even straw wine and ruby port. Everything, including MCC is available by the glass. Alternatively try a honey blond ale made by the chef himself. The homemade lemonade and pomegranate and elderflower rooibos coolers make a refreshing alternative for designated drivers.

    Service
    Knowledgeable, eager-to-please and friendly service make dining here effortless. The waitrons have good wine knowledge and are eager to make suggestions from the estate’s list. Parents will be happy to know that blankies and tomato sauce are brought with a smile, too.

    Ambience
    The wide stoep and rolling lawns are the places to be, overlooking the vineyards and mountains. The vast, rough bench seating outside accommodates a multitude of groups and the giant ‘bird’s nest’ couch swinging from a tree provides endless entertainment for kids and adults alike. Seating inside and on the stoep is on immaculately styled wooden chairs and sleek tables with white walls and accents of neatly piled logs.

    And...
    Do a wine tasting in the lounge area – you’ll feel like you’re sitting inside a décor magazine. (Lisa van Aswegen, September 2013)

User reviews

  • The meal started with some seeded breads, delicious steamed buns, a lovely butter, and pickled carrot. I had the suckling pig main with apple slices. The crackling was just crunchy enough to add texture, but soft enough to enjoy. There is an option of ordering extra side dishes. We picked the chips with aioli. A single serving was enough to share with the table of three and was done perfectly, with soft and crispy bits. My highlight was the dessert: the tonka bean custard, topped with naartjie fruit cells, and what I would call, a layer of citrus sorbet. The combination of delicate tonka custard and sorbet was a perfect match between sweet and sour. Very refreshing. My partner had the sourdough waffle with ice cream. This dessert had many deep flavours, with salt to enhance the sweetness. Sadly the salt was a bit overpowering. The waiters were very attentive, if somewhat reserved. The decor of the restaurant is stylish yet simplistic, with a little store at the front. The relaxed atmosphere is achieved by a beautiful lawn with chickens and a lovely view of the mountains. The fortress-like decorated bathroom is quite the talking point.
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  • So this is my first review on this page. Yesterday my sister and I went to The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek for a meal we won through a KLM competition (it included everything except the tip-which we gave generously). Everything was perfect. The setting is gorgeous. The layout and decor is beautiful and simple. The staff are excellent beyond compare. Attentive, knowledgable, polite, profession and charming. It was really the best service I have received in the area so far. The waiters really went out of their way to make sure it is the best experience of our lives without being over eager. As we got shown to our table outside, overlooking the beautiful mountains in a relaxing atmosphere, two waiters pulled out our chairs and the one asked if he can offer us some water to drink while we decide on the wine. We asked for sparkling water and the way they served it was really professional-our glasses were never empty and the sparkling water was kept in an ice pot not far from the table (no clutter on the table). We could not decide which wine so the waiter gave us a tasting of all of their wines-he also let us taste different vintages of all the varietals which really impressed us. After the wine tasting the chef sent us compimentary seawood salted bread & black sesame bread served with a confit lemon butter and umami tomato salsa. Because we decided to order the shared meal of a slow roasted WHOLE suckling pig leg (with trotter intact) (served with small side dishes of corn & black garlic, pineapple & mint salsa, diced cucumber with dukkah, homemade corn tortillas, gooseberries & a bigger side of slow roasted red pepper, tomato & Buffalo mozarella) we chose the 2014 Viogner which paired perfectly with the crispy and fall off the bone pork dish (R250 per bottle for the wine and the shared meal was rather expensive at R850). One of the chefs also comes to the table to cut the pork for you so it is easier to dish up. The food was served very quickly after we ordered and was exquisite. Perfect in every second. Clever combinations, cooked to perfection and served in style. The wine was sublime and went down a treat. Again, the waiters were very professional and our glasses were never empty. After a long lazy lunch we were really full and did not have space for dessert so rather ordered some coffee which was also surprisingly good, even for a coffee snob such as myself. I highly recommend The Kitchen at Maison. Although a tad expensive, it is a wonderful experience and perfect for a special occasion.
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  • I totally agree with Paula, went there on the 8th of October, will never waist my money again, I visit restaurants to experience the chefs vision on my plate, not to order hand cut chips (wedges) for R60 extra?.... food is like a painting........ I want to taste what his plan was with the meat or fish and blow me away with what, accompanied that specific protein. The ambiance I found pretentious, the waiter tried hard to sell us an side order, and when we refused he lost interest, and gave all his attention to the foreigners sitting next to us. Totally dissapointed!
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  • Lovely setting but very expensive. R165 for the line fish, which comes with nothing else. Also strange combination of flavours, I thought. And if you want any sides, you are going to pay an extra R55 for fries, and R60 for greens. Ridiculous prices! Service mediocre. Lovely staff, but lacking training. Bread came to the table with two condiments, but no knife so had to use the one placed with the fork, which was obviously for the main. When the main came, I had to reach over to get a knife from one of the other place settings. I will not go back at those prices. There are better restaurants charging less!
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  • I came here with my partner and our good friends using the Tram. The service was absolutely shoddy as we were treated less than. Another much older couple complained of the same thing. We decided not to waste our oennies there and instad head somewhere else where we would be better received. I would like to add here that we bought countless bottles of wine from the other wineries and would've definitely done the same here, had the service matched the good wine. The older couple spent far more money on amazig wines throughout the trip so that was an even greater loss for Maison. Perhaps treat all customers well, you never know just how much they will contribute to your business.
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