Madre’s Kitchen

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Reviewed by Richard Holmes

With an ever-changing chalkboard offering of farm-style dishes, no two days are ever the same at this charming country restaurant run by Madré Malan. Much of the produce comes from her vegetable garden, so the focus is firmly on what’s in season.

In winter, expect hearty dishes like oxtail with risotto, or lamb stew with fresh waterblommetjies, while summer sees fresh-baked quiches and vine-wrapped camembert on the menu. For lighter fare, look out for the generous sandwiches and farmhouse platters of bread, cheese and pâté. As dishes sell out, they’re crossed off the blackboard, so it pays to get there early.

On offer is a small list of wines from mostly local estates, at reasonable prices.

This is no place to be in a rush, so expect laid-back but friendly service from the small team of waitresses.

Superb in spring and summer, the tables on the shady terrace look over a large lawn and farm dam, while indoors there’s a cosy and quirky feel to the place. The kids’ playground will keep families happy, but is set well away from the restaurant so as not to disturb diners.

Picnic baskets are also available, but must be ordered in advance. There’s a small deli also that’s worth a browse for the homemade jams and cured olives.

(July 2014)

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