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Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine

Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine

Babylonstoren is a haven for those foodies who genuinely love the delicate tastes of homegrown luxuries. The symphony of flavours that erupt from a homegrown berry is much more daring than a stale, overly chilled berry doused in pesticides bought from the grocery store.

There is a difference in taste, no one could argue about that. What makes the Babylonstoren restaurants so special is the fact that 99.9% of what they put on your plate has been grown in the garden a few metres from your seat. If not on their soil, then perhaps the estate next door. Bon Appetit has crowned the Babylonstoren restaurants as ‘one of the great food lover’s vacations in the world right now’. I would end that statement with an exclamation mark after ‘world’ because it’s a perpetual food lover’s paradise and will continue to be a beacon of South African gastronomy for centuries to come.

Babel Restaurant

Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine

Babel Restaurant ranked among the top 50 restaurants by The Monocle Restaurant Awards in 2018. There are many other awards that Babel has accumulated over the years, but it should not be reason enough for you to go: ‘Oh, well. Sounds nice…’. No, you need to experience why Babel has ranked so highly within the opinions of those who know food professionally.

As with all great restaurants, the menu is seasonal. However, since Babylonstoren restaurants are close enough to the coast, you can expect to see menu items such as Saldana Bay Black mussels and local line fish. If you’re lucky you can also find braised fennel with winter citrus and Fynbos, Pierre Cilliers lamb, and Glen Oaks Pork.

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Old Bakery

Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine
Image: Discover Paarl, 2024

Serving dishes family style, the Old Bakery is a restaurant where you can truly reconnect with those whom you hold dear and near to your heart. Babylonstoren restaurants all have something in common; exquisiteness. However, what sets the Old Bakery Restaurant apart from the rest is that the Old Bakery is a functional restaurant that supplies bread to the shop, and other restaurants as well as their own for dinner service.

Essentially, bakery by day, dinner extravaganza by night. On Mondays and Fridays, the Old Bakery hosts Italian-inspired evenings, and on Wednesdays and Sundays, they host Carnivore Evenings. These evenings are to celebrate the tradition of South African braai (BBQs). The meat sizzles over hot wood or charcoal and evokes an entirely different flavour from the meat. The star of the evening is the farm-reared Chianina, grass-fed and reared with no hormones or antibiotics. The Italian evenings display a four-course set menu that brings homemade pasta to the forefront as well as wood-fired pizza. All things ‘dough’ are what the Old Bakery is all about!

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Greenhouse

Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine
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Nestled at the rear of the garden, hidden under a canopy of oak trees, the Greenhouse Restaurant eagerly awaits its discovery by you. All food is served picnic style here, and beckons to those who have just had a long stroll through the garden wanting to refresh their pallets. Try their freshly baked scones with seasonal ingredients inspired by the Babylonstoren garden. Delight in the moment with family as you sip some Rooibos Tea under the delicate shadows of the oak tree leaves.

Because Babylonstoren restaurants let the seasons waltz with the menus, they are subject to change. However, breakfast staples can only change so much. So, you can order freshly baked croissants with, granola with water buffalo yogurt. You can also visit the Spice House close to the Greenhouse restaurant to learn about the ancient spice trade with the East and immerse into the aromatic ambience of this little haven.

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If you enjoy this article, be sure to read about the Babylonstoren Hotel on South Africa’s luxury wine estate!

A Matter of Taste

Babylonstoren Restaurants, a Win for South African Cuisine
Image: Franschhoek Wine Valley, 2024

I sat on the lush Babylonstoren lawns, famously decorated with perusing roosters flaunting feathers slick with colour and volume, eating a Mulberry flavoured Gelato, and admiring the tastes that erupted inside my mouth. Summer, fresh, intricate, soft, creamy – those words sprung up in my mind with each mouthful. And, as my tongue scooped up the creamy concoction, I realised how utterly striking the Franschhoek sky is, my hometown’s sky paling in comparison.

The wind then lightly weaved itself through the trees’ branches I partially sat under, a symphony of nature’s orchestra crescendoing into a tune so filled with the promise I felt I could dance. The birds, the rusting sounds of the leaves, the clucking chickens pecking right in front of me, and the far-off mountains taking on the qualities of a vintage painting, I thought, ‘I’m at Babylonstoren…’

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