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