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The Test Kitchen

Asian/Oriental Contemporary Fine Dining South African
RRR+

Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

The Test Kitchen, which opened in November 2010, has the celebrated chef (Luke Dale-Roberts) cooking at his most creative in a distinctive contemporary space.

Gourmet Guide Description

AN EXPERIMENTAL, EXCEPTIONAL ROUND-THE-WORLD CULINARY ADVENTURE Lauded as one of the worlds top 50 restaurants, in the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, global icon and British-born chef Luke Dale Roberts hones and shares his craft, constantly innovating. This modern, industrial-feel precinct is the perfect platform for creativity. Dont expect traditional, formal fine dining – guests who have flown half way around the world to this destination feed off the palpable energy and excitement. The unforgettable epicurean journey starts in the dark room over a tangy cocktail, where a map indicates the places that inspired the small plates. The delectable coconut langoustine is reminiscent of the successful pop-up executed in Mauritius in 2018. A wave of seven canapes include indelible elements like Lukes legendary billionaires shortbread, a savoury delight that has cemented itself as a signature dish, “Its a quirky starter and I am not bored with it,” says Luke. Decor lifts from dark, edgy and interesting to the light room, where tables view the action of the open kitchen. Counter seats offer the joy of watching Luke and the team at play, exercising precision. The light room menu, more formal, is perfectly paired with either gourmand or iconic wines, or fragrant teas. Expect out-of-this-world surprises in taste, texture and temperatures. Courses finished with flair at your table will be interspersed with others quite simply plated. Nothing is contrived or overdone, “The food is real, well-grounded and solid,” claims Luke. He believes that chefs should adapt to their surroundings as much as possible to be local, but when needing a variation in protein and for deliciousness, he uses premium ingredients like Alaskan king crab. This showcases the mantra of this establishment, which is to boldly experiment with ‘boundary-less cooking, rather than being pigeon-holed. Look out for his inventive takes on traditional dishes like beef with horseradish and Yorkshire pud, and savoury tiramisu. Seamless service is world-class too. “We want people to feel comfortable, not to be overwhelmed by an onslaught. The theatre aspect of food can be overdone, like a clown trying too hard to make you laugh. Its not about you, its about them!” Chef Luke Dale Roberts

Reviews (26)

4.8 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.5
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.9
  • Nicholas R. Thu 05 Sep 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Put simply, the greatest meal I have ever eaten.

  • Michelle B. Wed 28 Aug 19
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Per Arne H. Sat 03 Aug 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Carolina B. Sun 14 Jul 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Eric I. Thu 11 Jul 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Gautam B. Sat 29 Jun 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Fantastic experience and for an internationally acclaimed restaurant, excellent value. Plan on spending USD 225 per person if you do the wine pairing...

  • Viren M. Sat 22 Jun 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Harley F. Wed 15 May 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Alessandro S. Thu 25 Apr 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Great experience Great food Great people

  • Daniel F. Wed 24 Apr 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 18h30 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 18h30 - 20h30
  • Thursday 18h30 - 20h30
  • Friday 18h30 - 20h30
  • Saturday 18h30 - 20h30
  • Sunday CLOSED
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