Abundance. This is what I thought as I walked through the gardens at Babylonstoren. The farm is big and beautifully laid out as you follow the garden tour around the estate.
We were greeted by aromas of herbs and citrus at every turn and birds chirping in the trees as we made our way to the Greenhouse Restaurant at Babylonstoren. This made for a beautiful welcome on a crisp autumn afternoon in the Cape Winelands.
Walking through the gorgeous garden of Babylonstoren is hungry work and tucked away between oak trees at the rear of the garden you will find the Greenhouse Restaurant, housed in a 26 metre vintage conservatory. It is a sight to behold.
The Greenhouse Restaurant menu has a strong emphasis on honest food with little or no fuss. Your food is brought to the table in wooden crates with your preserves, salad and jams in glass jars. I bit into a carrot so fresh and delicious and a radish so crisp and tasty and you just know that the vegetables in that salad jar were picked from the garden that day. Their bread, my goodness, the bread was so soft and I was told it was made in their wood-fired oven. It’s these little details that make the Greenhouse Restaurant outstanding.
Their chef, Simoné Rossouw, says, “Working alongside this garden is like having a big, deep pantry of living plants. It makes one look at fruit and veggies in a fresh way.” And you can taste that philosophy in the food. Everything is fresh, made in house and standards are high.
The waiters don’t even bat an eye when they see me photographing everything in the restaurant, they have seen it hundreds of times before. This place is so photogenic.
There is no need to book at the Greenhouse Restaurant as guests are seated on a first come, first served basis. Be prepared to wait during their busy times, but please wait as the experience is well worth it.
The Greenhouse is open Monday to Sunday from 10h00 to 16h00.