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Babel Restaurant

Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
1 week ago
“Fresh and delicious ”
1 week ago
“Wonderful location, disappointing food”
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International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love going to Babel, made a little easier since the relatively recent introduction of an online booking system. Food is always incredibly fresh and seasonal, and bursting with color and flavor. Starter salads are like art, and main courses are always delicious. Baby chicken...More

Thank PatBar2
Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners have spared no expense in creating a wonderful garden that grows everything from artichokes to zucchini. It is enormous and a stroll around is strongly recommended. The food, despite being fresh from the garden, lets things down- it is perfectly edible, but not...More

1  Thank ajwza
Reviewed 1 week ago

The philosophy of Babel is a celebration of fresh food, grown in the garden, served in the restaurant. The starter plates are huge and can be shared. We had the orange and green plates, laden with fruit and vegetables from the garden, squid and halloumi....More

Thank KarooPassion
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First we took the garden tour (bookings are a must) and were amazed by how a liberal application of taste, design, money, and labour has developed an impressive garden with huge climatic and species variety in ten short years. You will feel quite depressed about...More

Thank Kat W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In this lovely garden you can have lunch until 4pm. The soup and salads were outstanding. Try also the garden tour at 10am.

Thank KevinClimb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner her twice during our two nights stay. This is unusual since we hardly ever do so as we want to experience new and different things when we travel. The food is superb and only the freshest of the freshest ingredients are used...More

Thank JeLundgren
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a wonderful location in Babylonstoren - Food, wine and staff were all fabulous. We had the red, orange and green (full robot!) salads for lunch with their own wines - normally I woudl not have a vegetarian meal but have to say was best...More

Thank Suse C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is not your restaurant.... This is not your venue.... This is what you have been missing, this is whete the hunger you never knew you had... Is satiated. You WILL start the experience with a late afternoon stroll through the garden, from which the...More

Thank Theuns B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome and very relaxing venue. Very good welcome and overall service especially from Ilke. The starters were incredible- fresh, crisp, straight from the garden and very interesting in taste combinations. Just too generous in size. One has to be very relaxed here because food service...More

Thank penny n
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for our wedding lunch with 11 family members. My wife called a week in advance to discuss the food as 5 of us were vegetarians. We were told that we would be accommodated and that special vegetarian options would be provided. On arrival,...More

Thank dr a
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Is there a chance of getting a reservation for 4 any time between Jan.21 and Feb.4.
31 December 2014|
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Response from Janfourie | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Simondium
  • Phone Number: +27 21 863 3852
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Housed in an old cow shed, Babel is a wonderful mix of Cape Dutch architecture with contemporary glass walls that makes for a simple yet edgy environment in which to try our tasty yet often unconventional combinations. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy, which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our "pick, clean and serve" approach. Because our menu is guided by what is available in the garden, our food always reflects the season, and so in summer we may serve you a yellow salad of pineapple, gooseberries, granadillas, yellow tomatoes and apricots while in winter a slow-cooked leg of lamb in red wine is more likely. Dessert subscribes to four flavours, namely salty, bitter, sweet and sour. And while our meals are creative, we don't like to tamper unduly with our food. Our meals are always clear in structure, so that fruit and vegetables gathered daily from the garden is often served with its skin on. Helpings are generous and depending on the weather you can take your meal in the glass-enclosed restaurant or under the plane trees in the courtyard.