9th March 2016

Meet Babel, one of the best and most intriguing restaurants I’ve been to lately. Not only their food is to die for, but also their own wine and the interior of the restaurant. A place not to be missed in between the wine countries Paarl and Franschhoek, close to Cape Town.

The design of Babel is picture perfect. They’ve converted an old shed for cattle and sheep into a modern restaurant with glass sides. It’s beautiful to see how they’ve managed mixing old and new, not only in the restaurant but everywhere on the farm.

'Our veggies look so healthy that people always ask, "what do you spray them with?". And I say "Nothing, but love, love, love!"' - Constance Stuurman, gardener

Art on a plate, that is what to expect when booking a table at Babel, the restaurant of the stunning South African hotel Babylonstoren (read more about the hotel soon).

As they have their own garden and farm – which you can explore when visiting Babylonstoren – all products are überfresh and seasonal. The chefs work with what the garden and the nearby farms give them. Every piece on your plate is homegrown or homemade. They bake their own bread (choose between 5 different types), have their own olive oil and even grow their own mushrooms in their mushroom cellar. The team is always experimenting: trying to match new flavours, colours and textures. Expect honest food and generous portions styled in a creative way on the plates.

Apart from finger licking good food, they serve their own wine which is absolutely fabulous (pardon me for the superlatives). Try to combine your lunch with a wine tasting tour on the property. If I could I would have left all my clothes on the farm and took a suitcase full of wine home. Don’t have a South Africa trip on the schedule? You can buy their products online here.



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Address: R45, Simondium, 7670, South Africa

Contact: book ahead! + 27 (0)21 863 3852 –


Copyright pictures: Interior pictures Marie Monsieur / Food pictures: Babylonstoren


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