Babel Restaurant at Babylonstoren

Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner in Franschhoek

OPEN TIMES
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Hol
Babel is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday, and Monday to Sunday for breakfast and dinner.

Babel is situated in what was once a kraal for cattle and sheep, now converted into a modern space with glass sides and an open kitchen. Like the rest of Babylonstoren, it’s a marriage of old and new, an ode to its provenance. Most of the raw ingredients for our food come from our abundant, all-seasons garden. Babel’s food is directed by what the garden gives us.

Fresh seasonal produce – fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers – form the heart of any dish. Our style of food leans towards simplicity. We maintain integrity by keeping it whole as far as possible. We play with unexpected flavour combinations and new varietals of fruit and vegetables in every meal. The styling of the plate is spontaneous yet creative, and we like to be generous with our portions.

Babel Restaurant
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 ‘from the garden to the table’ philosophy that means that we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our ‘pick, clean and serve’ approach.

Our menu is seasonal and is always guided by what is 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.

Bookings
Booking is essential.
Reservations open two months in advance.
Hotel guests enjoy priority for restaurant bookings.
Please enquire about options for groups. For groups bigger than 18 pax.
Restrooms at Babel Restaurant are wheelchair friendly.
Kindly note that all pathways on the farm are gravel, and covered with peach pips in some areas of the garden.