The garden at Babylonstoren is amazing. Classically designed and almost entirely edible! Espaliered pears and figs and hedges of onions in bloom and rosemary. A cactus maze, orchards, chickens, geese...it's really something special. It's so beautiful with the mountains rising in the distance.
We were told to stop at Babylonstoren on our way from Cape Town to Franschhoek by our Cape Town Innkeeper. We asked if they had room for us for lunch, which they did not, as it books months in advance. But while we were there we decided to make reservations for dinner since we'd heard the food was so amazing. And with that vast edible garden out front, how could it not be?
The dinner menu is not the same as the lunch menu - it's more "fixed" (set appetizer, set salad, and a choice for entree) - it was good....but not great. It was much more basic than lunch. For all those incredible foods in the garden, the salad that came with our dinner was nothing more than some greens dressed with oil and vinegar. So disappointing. I got the feeling that the only people eating there were guests at the hotel - it seemed that we were the only outsiders. So I would not recommend it for dinner if you're expecting the same incredible experience people claim they have at lunch.
That said, the gardens are totally worth a stop even if you don't have a table for lunch. They have a charcuterie and a fromagerie to one side of the tasting room, and a bakery on the other. So if I were to do it again, I'd grab some cheese and meats, a loaf of bread (the olive bread was AMAZING) and buy a bottle of wine (bring your own cup or glass, though - they will not let you use one) and grab a picnic in that amazing garden.
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