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The Victorian Warehouse, Nonna, spills out onto a pergola-covered deck which offers a great view. Guests have the option of dining inside or out on the covered all-weather deck while enjoying fresh Mediterranean cuisine and soaking up the views. This contemporary Italian bistro and deli is fondly named after Makaranga matriarch, Danna Flack. Chick and Danna Flack bought the 30-acre property in 2002 and named it Makaranga after the towering wild poplar trees, which line the stream and also after the Makaranga tribe from Inyanga, Zimbabwe, where Danna spent her childhood. Since then Danna has delighted in all things Italian complete with taking on the Italian nomenclature Nonna since becoming a granny. The bistro, it seems, in a most natural manner, almost named itself. The open-plan kitchen which faces onto the restaurant produces contemporary fare. Ashleigh Van Niekerk, Chef de Cuisine at Nonna, takes you on a taste and visual explosion with the menu. The walk-in wine cellar houses hand-selected local and international offerings. Nonna welcomes children who will no doubt enjoy their own special eating area, rolling their own pizza dough and partaking in our range of arts and crafts, all strategically placed within sight but not necessarily sound of you. A stretch of pergola-covered astro turf creates a safe and fun space for your children. There is also an outside structured play ground with a natural timbered gym, which is in close proximity to the restaurant and the deli so that carers can take a well-deserved respite from their responsibilities while their children play on the rock garden and play gym with full visibility from the restaurant.
I've been staying at Makaranga Hotel and trying a variety of dishes off the menu. Extremely disappointed is all that can be commented. Day 1, tried the Coq au vin (chicken was little dry, sauce was good, mash was slightly burnt), Day 2, tried the Beef fillet (easily worst fillet I've ever had, was oozing bloody water, clearly not rested properly with a weird aftertaste), Day 3, lamb burger (extremely good, easily one of the best burgers I've had in the past three years), Day 4, Spatchcock chicken (had a portion of the meal, realized when you squeezed chicken with the fork that it oozed a white watery liquid, sent it back, kitchen congregated around it and scratched their heads, restaurant manager came to me and told me the supplier fed their chickens excessive hormone laced chicken feed). It is quite obvious that this restaurant is an extremely nice venue in terms of ambience and views. However, if you are in search of a good meal, Nonna's can only be recommended if you're wanting to try their burgers or pizzas, the remainder of the menu items are clearly well beyond the capabilities of their kitchens.
We have eaten there 4 times already, taken friends. Superb - well done to staff and management