My wife spoiled me for fathers day and took me out for lunch to De Hoek Country House situated at the foothills of the Magaliesburg Mountains. This is a side of the Magliesburg I had never visited and I must say I will return and definitely consider De Hoek as a place to stay. The winding roads leading to De Hoek are very picturesque and one gets the feeling that you are truly in the mountains without the overplayed touristy vibe. The restaurant is superb with huge wooden gables and has a distinctly Swiss charisma with heavy wooden furniture and luxury finishes all round. My only criticism is that the giant fireplace didn't have a crackling log fire as the day was particularly chilly which meant we had to dine with our jackets on.
The table d'hote menu allowed one a sumptuous choice of cold appetisers, soup or warm hors d'ouevres, followed by a lemon sorbet, a choice of entrees including fillet, roast pork belly an line fish which is rounded off by a choice of desert trios. The wines on offer are extensive and some of South Africa's rare award winners can be found there, albeit at a bit of a premium.
On arrival we were offered a welcome drink and both opted for Glühwein which was prepared perfectly and warmed us up nicely - not to mention adding to the Swiss Ski Lodge atmosphere. Both my wife and I had the veal parmigiano risotto as an hors d' oevre and it was simply sublime! After our lemon sorbet had cleared the palate we both chose the herb encrusted fillét with mash and rattartoulie which was cooked to perfection. For desert, my wife chose the trio of creme brûlées of which she only enjoyed the classic vanilla & caramel, but then again she is not a desert person, I can attest the other two, coffee and passion fruit, were just as delicious. I selected the trio of baked puddings which consisted of bread and butter pudding, Malva pudding and a chocolate brownie with ice cream, all of which were fantastic and sweetly rounded off this gourmet meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A well known five star property situated just outside of Magaliesburg, approximately an hour from Johannesburg. This magnificent hotel boasts cuisine extraordinaire, freshly prepared for you by Swiss-trained Master Chef and co-owner, Michael Holenstein. On-site activities include archery, mountain rambles, lawn croquet, boule and swimming. De Hoek is the epitome of what an escape to a country house should be. Great location, excellent food, and serene surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Hoek Country House Hotel Magaliesburg