Babylonstoren, Franschhoek, South Africa

For a green getaway, nothing beats the edenic paradise of this fabulous farm with its many vegetable patches (created by the Frenchman Patrice Taravella) and its 300 edible plants, located a mere 45 minutes outside of Cape Town! In addition to producing their own wines, olive oils, honeys and cheeses, Babylonstoren also has a naturalist restaurant, located inside the immaculate former stables with big bay windows giving out onto the terrace and the surrounding meadows and mountains. A few signature dishes of their farm-to-table cuisine, prepared by chef Simone Rossouw, include: her famous eggplant, ginger and rhubarb terrine; smoked trout and horseradish in a Viognier and nectarine vinaigrette; miso-marinated chicken with kale and apple kimchi; grilled lamb with spices, fresh coconut and mint chutney; and cucumber-radish-ginger sorbet…. To drink: wines from the estate (sparkling, Mourvèdre rosé, Chenin, Chardonnay, Shiraz…) and cocktails (Trompie – named after their favorite donkey – with vodka, grapefruit and vanilla, or a watermelon and black pepper gin and tonic). Count 369 rand (€25) for lunch and 517 rand (€35) for dinner. Reservations are recommended, from 8am to 5pm, by telephone or on their website. It doubles as a hotel.

Babylonstoren Farm
Klapmuts/Simondium Rd.
7670 Western Cape
TÉL. : + 27 21 863 3852

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