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Babel Restaurant

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Klapmuts Simondium Road | between Paarl and Franschhoek, Simondium 7690, South Africa
+27 21 863 3852
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Cape Town, South Africa
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic selection of food on offer in a buffet style choice. As well as a selection of yummy choices on menu(all included in buffet price) The ingredients are sourced straight from the farm, everything from eggs to the honey. The service was great, waiters are very friendly and knowledgeable. Booking is essential, this place is almost always full.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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325 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
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 was particularly delicious on our recent visit, as was the fillet on the bone. Friendly... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 exciting at all. They've tried hard to re-invent basics (e.g. calamari salad, steak, lamb), but... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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. For mains there was trout and fillet on the bone. The portions are huge, so... More 

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Thank KarooPassion
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 your own poor herb garden attempts, and inspired to have your own orchard in which... More 

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Brasschaat, Belgium
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
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 - we know this since we went with the chef to pick them ourselves. The... More 

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Sydney
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3 reviews
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 I had ever had

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Thank Suse C
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 restaurant draws all its produce.... Sample, explore, touch, smell, taste... It is all there... Scientifically,... More 

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Piet Retief, South Africa
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151 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 is very slow. Wait for main course neared the ridiculous. However, worth the wait but... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
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    Atmosphere
Cuisine
International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, 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
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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