Babel Babylonstoren – review


R45 Simondium 7670, South Africa

I’ve recently just returned from an absolutely amazing trip to South Africa. Cape Town has to be one of the most naturally beautiful and scenic cities I’ve ever travelled to – every direction you face is a breathtaking sight and I haven’t even started talking about the food yet… If you love seafood, Cape Town definitely has to be on your travel list – from the fresh produce at Babylonstoren (which I’ll get in to very soon), to sautéed smoked paprika calamari overlooking Kalk Bay, to the best cream and white wine mussels at Kirstonbosch Gardens Moyo restaurant – you’ll definitely be in foodie heaven!

Babylonstoren is one of those places you go to and can’t stop raving about for months afterwards, or even years… The concept of the fresh produce picked on the day, where you walk through the endless vegetable gardens, taste the beautiful wine from the vineyard and then of course eat and drink until your stomach and heart is content – it’s a real delight for every sense. “We have a ‘farm to fork’ philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our ‘pick, clean and serve’ approach.” Dining at Babel, Babylonstoren is a culinary experience not to be missed.

We started with three gorgeous sharing salads:

Green – gorgonzola, mascarpone with toasted nuts and  vine leaf with a drizzle of carob and grape dressing.

Red – baked aubergine terrine with a sesame and ginger dressing and pickled rhubarb.

Yellow – terrine of smoked trout and fresh horseradish with a nectarine and Babylonstoren vinegar dressing.

For main I had the delicious double lamb cutlets with a spicy herb sauce and crisp curry leaves served with baked parsnip and beetroot.

If these dishes don’t give you the urge to get on the next flight out to Cape Town I’m not sure what will… Seriously an incredible foodie experience – from the atmosphere in the restaurant which was an old cow shed, to the surroundings of the lush gardens and vineyard, to chickens roaming around, to every hand picked gorgeous ingredient on the plate – just wow! I also just realised I haven’t even touched on their desserts, which of course change depending on the season but they subscribe to four different dishes; salty, bitter, sweet and sour – each uniquely scrumptious.  I highly recommend the 40 minute drive out of Cape Town to dine and experience Babel, Babylonstoren.

I rate Babel, Babylonstoren 5/5.

Happy eating, love Jem x


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