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The Test Kitchen Carbon JHB

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Fine Dining International Tapas
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

Luke Dale Roberts brings edgy fine dining to Rosebank, Johannesburg, with The Test Kitchen Carbon’s innovative foodie experience.

Expect a flight of exciting tasting dishes from head chef, Tyron Gentry, to be paired with flagship wines or a variety of fragrant teas.

An intimate setting ensures guests are part of the lively pass action, with dinner guests being entertained by Resident deejay, Sir LSG.

Tapas dishes mixed and matched with cocktails.

Gourmet Guide Description

There’s no set formula, it’s been a constant evolution since this longawaited signature restaurant opened in Oxford Place, Johannesburg.

The arrival of the Luke Dale Roberts empire in the City of Smoke has
contributed to the spotlight being shone on this city. Jozi wants hot
and happening, great vibes – sometimes somewhere to relax, talk
business and celebrate – but always with quality cuisine.

Globally lauded, iconic chef Luke Dale Roberts and head chef Tyron
Gentry know how to please a crowd and have allowed Carbon to
undulate to meet the local palate. “They want punchy, full and feisty
flavours like Asian and North African.” Gone are the days of waiting
weeks to get a reservation at the original The Test Kitchen in Cape
Town. Here you can drop in. “We need to keep moving so that we
don’t stagnate, so now we are offering a ‘Best Of’ menu in addition
to the a la carte tapas menu.” This collaboration is a showcase of the
multi-talent in the group – recipes from chefs Tyron Gentry from The
Test Kitchen Carbon, Jason Kosmas of The Pot Luck Club and Dylan
Frayne of The Test Kitchen Fledgelings.

While there may be a string of surprises in the wings, act one includes
Luke’s legendary billionaire shortbread – chicken liver parfait and
truffle. Dishes like the calamari with jalapeno velouté and tamarind
XO are vivacious. The sweetbread tiramisu too is voluptuous, and if
organs are not your choice, the equivalent dish will be served with
quail taking centre stage.

The closing scene is another billionaire shortbread, this time sweet. For
the uninitiated, if you don’t know what lies between the layers, best you
get there soon. A local or international wine pairing, or tea pairing, can
complement the show. In spring and summer, the courtyard is where
you want to be, sipping inventive cocktails and moving to the beat as
over weekends the DJ sets the scene for the city of movers and shakers.

Reviews (189)

4.3 out of 5.0
Food 4.5
Value 4.0
Service 4.5
Ambience 4.3
  • Abilene S. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • ANDREW W. Dined: 6 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Jan 23
    Incredible experience and enjoyed all 9 courses. It was very swift and the food came out on a regular occasion. For this type of tasting menu you would need to allow for a course to arrive every 15-20 minutes and so it will take about 3 hours from start. We were also greeted by Luke Dale Roberts and he asked us how the experience was going. Such a privilege to meet him after trying a few of his restaurants in the past.

  • Byron W. Dined: 5 days ago
    3.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 22 Jan 23
    The experience started very well, service was great initially. The first few courses were good and the sashimi was especially good. Food that came off the grill was presented very well but seemed to be over cooked and seemed like it had been standing for a while. Sauces had time for a film to form over the top already. Dessert was very good.

  • Sunil P. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Mr Moez J. Dined: 6 days ago
    2.3
    Food 2.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 1.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 21 Jan 23
    Significant delays - 3 hours for tasting menu with long delays between courses Mediocre food - 3 dishes good but rest lacklustre Extremely noisy - most noise contributed by poorly trained staff who shout and talk so loudly it is farcical and ruined our experience entirely If you build such a beautiful fine dining establishment , make sure you get the right team to deliver the expected service. Ritualistic shouting for every order and every dish by the kitchen ruined the dining experience

  • Martie C. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 17 Jan 23
    Every bite was amazing!!

  • Elisbie K. Dined: 1 week ago
    2.3
    Food 2.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Jan 23
    Disappointing. On arrival lots of pots/pans falling in Carbon Kitcken - no apology for noise. Piece of shell in my oyster. Best of Tapas the deserts. Ordered 2 Dishes from Shortmarket/VERY SALTY.

  • Sushil Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 15 Jan 23
    It was awesome Great people work there!!!

  • Chantal R. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 14 Jan 23
    We absolutely loved the tasting menu with the local wine pairing! The vibe was amazing and thank we thank all the waiters and waitresses and the chefs for an incredible experience! We will be back

  • Lizette S. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 14 Jan 23
    Amazing experience! A definite must do!

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  • Monday 17h30 - 20h30
  • Tuesday 17h30 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 13h30, 17h30 - 20h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 13h30, 17h30 - 20h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 13h30, 17h30 - 20h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 13h30, 17h30 - 20h30
  • Sunday 12h00 - 13h30, 17h00 - 19h00