Babel at Babylonstoren, South Africa
Housed in an old cow shed with a farm-to-fork philosophy, Babel at Babylonstoren offers plenty of wonderful menu options which is entirely driven by the season and local produce growing on the farm. Their winter menu (South Africa is just starting to show the early signs of Spring) had a range of coloured salads with matching proteins and delicious mains including seasame-glazed baby chicken and a risotto with homegrown grains and cultivated mushrooms.
And do you know what the best thing is? Every dish is labelled with a suggested pairing wine to complete the tasting experience. This is pretty standard practice in the Cape Winelands but a wonderful idea all the same for those of us who need the added guidance!
Jonathan took us through the menu and brought over an impressive vegetable platter freshly picked from the garden that morning to accompany our bread and oils.
I went for the mushroom risotto while the others had the fresh salads and baby chicken.
Babylonstoren captures your heart in ways you weren't expecting. It owes its success to the creative direction (and significant investment) of its owners but also to the passionate workers who keep the magic alive right across the farm and its gardens.
Make sure you visit Babylonstoren's gift shop where a multitude of products are on offer including local produce grown on the eight acres of garden and Babylonstoren-themed accessories and chinaware as seen in their restaurants. Be prepared to do some damage with your credit card!
Adjacent to the gift shop, you will find the 'scent room' which looks as good as it smells. Bath salts, candles, soaps and oils - you name it, it's all going on!
I think it gives you an idea of why we decided to get married at Babylonstoren.
Baylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, 7670, South Africa.