On the 25th of July I made a booking for the 20th of August to have lunch at Babylonstoren in the Cape Wine lands. For w-ends you would need to book 3 to 4 weeks in advance. I had never experienced this before in any restaurant in Cape Town or the wine lands. Expectations were high and we were excited that the day had finally arrived. It was another beautiful day in Cape Town so at noon my friend picked us up and within 45 minutes we arrived at the gate where we had to pay R10 entrance fee per person. I never understand how you can charge R10 when we are actually guests who are coming to spend money at your establishment. So we moaned a bit but then went in anyway.
I have to say the place was absolutely lovely. The décor was light and mostly white with mismatched chairs. Let me just put up some pictures because that will show you much better than I could ever tell you in my sometimes broken English.
We decided it was a good occasion to start with a glass of bubbly. The appetizer was some delicious bread / pretzel with (I believe) a soft creamy gorgonzola in basil / fresh herb oil. Yammie!
We loved the way the menu was designed and had no problem choosing a starter. The choices were Green, Red or Yellow and consisted of a soup and salad. All ingredients are grown in the gardens and consist of vegetables, fruits, fragrant herbs and edible scented flowers. The plates looked beautiful!
For the main course we found it a bit difficult to choose. My friend felt like the lamb cutlets but they were sold out. Then there was a Water Buffalo which didn’t appeal to us. The other choice was a 600 gr. Sirloin which seemed a bit extraordinary for 1 person. I wanted to choose something a bit lighter. There was 1 fish dish on the menu so I choose the Franschhoek Trout which proved to be an excellent choice. My friends shared the Sirloin and thoroughly enjoyed their food as well. We were stunned by the speed of the food service. Within no time we had our starter followed by the main course. We can’t leave a place like this without having a dessert. We took a bit of a break and then ordered according to taste: Bitter, Sour, Savoury or Sweet. Since I’m a chocoholic my choice was easy: the Chocolate / beetroot fondant with espresso cream.
Oh, before I forget. They do really delicious freshly pressed juices. My friend ordered an apple juice, it was out of this world and looked beautiful!
After this incredible lunch with a walk through the gardens to see where all of the ingredients were grown. It’s a beautiful place. There are some stunning self-catering cottages. Prices are: R2.765 in low season per night and R3.950 in high season. Prices are per 1-bedroom cottage per night and include breakfast. Guests are encouraged to join in the cooking experience. We ran into some friends with kids and picked some carrots to feed the donkeys. How awesome to teach your kids an appreciation for nature, healthy food and fresh air?