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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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Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (121 reviews)
“fruit” (69 reviews)
“bread” (45 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 16:00All hours
CUISINES
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
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Food
Value
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LOCATION
Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
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1 - 10 of 601 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Our experience at Babel will be a treasured memory. The setting was elegant, relaxed. The service was exceptional. The setting perfect for a country lunch. Taking a walk through all the gardens before sitting down to lunch made us appreciate every mouthful . The freshness...More

Thank 585Pippa
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The dishes were products of freshness combined with creativity with a twist of elegance. The menu at Babel offered excellent value for money and you would be impressed with how they manage to bring their exquisite garden into the dining room without compromising on the...More

Thank H9501VYkevinl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a guest of the hotel we enjoyed dinner in restaurant Babel. The food is organic and surprising. Food was a bit spicy. Restaurant is trendy but in a certain way basic. The sommelier did her best to find the best wines for our meals....More

Thank BalouIvy
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Balou Noted on the spicy - our chefs are on it to ensure the best dishes are served. Farm greetings, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch there today and it was just superb. Interesting menu and combinations, everything was beautifully presented, huge portions, wonderful selection of fresh veggies and fruit from the estate and a memorable experience. Thank you

1  Thank TheRez
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Rez We are delighted to hear you had a memorable experience and hope to welcome you back for many more! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch - so do walk through the huge vegetable garden beforehand - fascinating. The restaurent is housed in an old cown shed - that has neen opened up to let in oceans if light - and of course this is all part...More

Thank Carla239
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Carla Thank you for taking the time to share your Babylonstoren experience with us. Wondering through the garden is the best way to experience the heartbeat of the farm. Bets wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 16 September 2017

A choice of red, green or yellow juice, made from fruit and veg picked within an hour or so of juicing. Wonderful charcuterie and cheeses, homemade muesli, granola, yoghurt and freshly picked fruit along with the best bacon I have eaten.

Thank Louise B
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Louise We are delighted to hear about your lovely breakfast experience! Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 13 September 2017

The meals are prepared with the freshest ingredients right from the garden that you see out the restaurant's window. Its beautifully arranged and delicious.

Thank Carly1Esq
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Dear Carly What a lovely review! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 9 September 2017

Really very much a farm to table place, with much of the menu incorporating ingredients in season from the farm there. The menu was very creative, and changes regularly so we were told. The waitstaff was amazing and provided us with a LOT of info...More

1  Thank XManNL
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

This is a heading we want all our guest to steal! We are delighted to hear about your lovely experience. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great vibe, great food and wine ,just loved it .Also throughly enjoyed spring time in the gardens and the walk about.

Thank leonmq
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Dear Leon The blossoms are truly spectacular this time of year and we are very happy that you could enjoy this time in the garden. Best wishes, Lize and the Babylonstoren team

Reviewed 5 September 2017

After a pleasant tour of the gardens we had a wonderful luncheon. The food, wine and service were all top notch. This was one of our best (if not the best) meals in South Africa. Prices are high for SA but this is fine dining...More

1  Thank wander1
lizelazarus, Guest Relations Manager at Babel Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

We look forward to welcoming you back to Babylonstoren for more wonderful luncheons. Best wishes Lize and the Babylonstoren team

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
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
  • E-mail
Description
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.
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