We have heard so much about Babel at Babylonstoren and a while back we had the opportunity to have lunch there. If a place is that full on a weekday for lunch you know something good is coming so I was really excited about the food. We definitely weren’t disappointed and the food was fresh, interesting and utterly delicious. They have a small menu that changes with the seasons so that they are able to give you the freshest ingredients for that specific time of year. The grounds are also beautiful with a cacti maze, loads of animals and other pretty things to see.
Babel has seating inside and outside but it isn’t huge so booking is essential if you want to eat there. It has a light airy and upmarket farmhouse feel and I could see myself sitting there having a glass of wine quite often 😛
We had a table inside and although it was an extremely hot day, a fan and the white cool interior kept us from melting. We decided on a delicious Babylonstoren rose and they kindly brought us some champagne to get the celebrations going.
For our starter we both chose red from the menu which was a plate full of amazing colourful goodness as well as a salmon fish cake. It was one of the biggest and yummiest starters I have ever had and for only R85 I thought it was a bargain.
For mains we both once again went for the same thing which was the on the bone fillet with bone marrow. It was so good and I must admit that chips dipped in bone marrow is deliciously decadent! I saw someone that ordered the chicken wrapped in bacon and I wish I could have had two main courses because that looked just as good. The fillet came served with chips and rustic veggies to share and it was more than enough for two people.
It was such a lovely day and we had stayed so long that the lunch crowd had started thinning out so we moved outside to one of their big tables under the trees and had our coffee and desserts there. Michael had a decadent chocolate fondant while I opted for a lemon tart with roasted coriander ice-cream. With our sweet tooth satisfied and utterly happy and full we thought it might be a good idea to walk around the gardens before heading back to Franschhoek.
The lavender didn’t help with my hay fever but it certainly made for pretty photos and I had to pose with my matching outfit!
I cannot wait to go back with a whole bunch of people and see what their Summer menu has in store! Check out their website for more information on their opening times and what they have on their menu!
Photos by Michael Eloff