Monday, June 13, 2011

Babel, Babylonstoren

Oysters with radish sorbet (and little radish 'halos')

Here are some pics from a recent visit to Babel restaurant at Babylonstoren. Exquisite food, magnificent location, reasonable prices.

Highlights included fresh oysters served with radish sorbet. The taste was so strange and interesting that all conversation at our table halted while we tried to analyse what we were experiencing… Not exactly delicious, but certainly interesting, and memorable.

The 'red' salad (there was a green one and yellow one, too) was made with fresh produce from Babylonstoren. Simple, subtle, undisguised flavours — though my first mouthful struck me as a little bland, by the third I could not believe how delicious a plain (unadorned) warm salad could be.

Warm 'red' salad
There were also elegant details: large cabbage leaves in crystal vases, and poppy seed pods to shake over your salad.

Poppy seed pods
The only let down, if it was even that, was the ‘bacon and eggs’ themed crème brûlée 'dessert'. I ordered it against my better judgement, and will not do so again. The savoury egg custard with sugar lid and a slice of bacon on the side… Two very intimate concepts that should not go together — it just made me feel weird and uncomfortable. A bit like French kissing your grandfather.

I highly recommend making a day of Babylonstoren. Linger over lunch, then hold hands and wander the grounds. You will be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic package.

Tel:+ 27 (0) 21 863 3852


  1. I have been dying to go to Babel for ever !!!
    Your meal sounds interesting... and the location
    looks heavenly :) Def going onto the bucket list!

  2. Laughed for ages about the "French kissing your grandfather" comment! Lovely write-up and beautiful pics!

  3. Egad! Crème brûlée is really something which is quite perfect to begin with, and ought not to be futzed with disproportionately.

  4. The radish sorbet looks incredible, I'm trying to imagine how that'd taste..... I think I have to have a crack at preparing that just so I experience it. But the crème brûlée that was so weird it conjured up strange incestuous images...... I think I'll give that a miss :)
    Love the sound of the coloured salads, I've seen that before somewhere, its awesome & looked like you had beautiful weather too., those images are the business. Thanks for sharing this, loved it.

  5. The site looks lovely and the area beautiful. Is that in the wine region of SA?

  6. Hi Doc - yes it's smack bang in the middle of the wine region, near Stellenbosch, about a 40 minute drive from Cap Town.