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Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

6 Reviews
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Health food, Light meals, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0218633852 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

Menu

Menu - glaskas-spyskaart- updated april 2018 greenhouse-menu- updated april 2018

Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Coffee, Health food, Light meals, Modern, South African
Corkage
R40(wine) R60 (sparkling)
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Child friendly, Food, Hotel, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Vegetarian, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Richard Holmes

Food
Unlike the refined experience at the estate’s Babel restaurant, the food – and feel – of Greenhouse is all about relaxed picnic-style dining. Dishes arrive in wooden boxes and salads fresh from the garden come in glass jars. It’s rustic, yet plenty of thought and care has gone into the small selection of light meals and fresh bakes.

For a quick stop, the fresh scones with garden preserves are a must, as is the gluten-free chocolate cake. In summer, popsicle sorbets from frozen garden fruits will take the edge off the heat.

But leave time for lunch, as the plates here are well priced and evidently made with love. A humble boerewors roll comes with home-made tomato relish, while the open sandwiches (on a selection of breads) are packed with ingredients from the estate – garden greens, home-smoked bacon and their own chutneys.

Drinks
Alongside a range of estate wines, all by the glass or bottle, there’s a wonderful choice of fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and zingy home-made ginger beer. Craft beers from the nearby Cape Brewing Company are on offer too.

Service
Warm, friendly service from start to finish. No bookings accepted, but the front-of-house will do their utmost to find you a seat when busy.

Ambience
A glorious garden setting under the oak trees, or inside the eponymous greenhouse when the weather turns.

Best for…
Light bites during a garden wander.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Great food!
    Visited the farm last Sunday. Whilst we enjoyed the facilities, we were greatly disappointed by the menu items available from the Greenhouse restaurant. As we do not eat pork/ham, the already limited list of items was greatly reduced. Having been shown to our table, the special containing chicken was sold out (around 13h10, so well within the lunch period), whilst the cheese sandwich contained ham, which we were told was pre-prepared(!) and thus taking out the ham was not an option. As neither of us felt like eating a salad, we left without ordering anything. This left a bitter taste in our mouths (pun intended!) as we would have liked to have brought family members on a later occasion. To make matters worse, one week later and the management have not even responded to my polite email. Will not be returning there again. We ended up at the lovely Lust Bistro on the Vrede en Lust Wine Estate, which is definitely worth a visit.
    Absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous spot in the gardens. Such a magical wine farm. Unwind your soul with a glass of their delectable wines or a cappucino. We had a sandwich - very tasty. Home made chutneys are delicious. Service was good. Will definitely visit again!
    First of all... Who serves (orange) curd and cream with scones? Nothing wrong with curd, but I was disappointed and extremely confused to say the least. Especially as the menu says preserves will be served. Secondly if you pay R75-R85 for a glorified ham and cheese sandwich (no butter!) you sort of expect it to be served on a plate. The paper wrapping is quite chic, but if you share a sandwich then what? Tear the wrapping?... Not so chic! The hostess was very gracious and friendly, but overall the restaurant is understaffed. Naturally then the staff are quite short and sarcastic with the customers and you struggle to grab anyone's attention (we were literally ignored by everyone walking past). I can just imagine over worked staff=unhappy staff. Don't get me wrong, the venue is beautiful, BUT that alone is not enough. I went with so much expectation, but left disappointed and disillusioned. Conclusion: overrated and pretentious
    I'm disappointed to find negative comments here, albeit old. We spent a beautiful day at Babylonstoren. The R10 entrance fee was worth every cent. The gardener, Gundula, took us on a guided tour of the garden at 10am and invited us to pick fruit, as long as it was ripe. So if you go to The Green House to eat, don't just go directly there. Arrive earlier and explore. We found the service friendly and attentive. We were charmed by the free bottle of water placed on the table. The Chenin Blanc by the glass was reasonably priced and served in lovely large wine glasses. My sister and I shared the huge salad - What a masterpiece of colour, freshness, taste and texture - all straight from the garden. A generous portion of trout was added, at extra cost. My brother in law ordered the boerewors roll. Served with beautiful flat roast potatoes (called chips) and a spicy tomato relish, it was also large enough to share, but it was so delicious, he ate it all himself! He was just disappointed that the Greenhouse did not serve beer, as it is available at their other restaurant, Babel.( and that's the only reason that Food loses one star).

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