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The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts
Physical address: Unit 104A, Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Cuisine: Tapas, Contemporary, Fusion
Ambience: Contemporary Cool
12.30pm - 2.30pm,
Tuesday to Saturday
Dinner: 7pm - 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday
There’s always something new on the menu at this global gastronomic destination ruled by chef-patron Luke Dale-Roberts. The ever-evolving fare reflects the chef’s philosophy of enhancing the natural flavours of seasonal fare through playful food combinations and imaginative interpretations of fresh market produce. A contemporary menu pushes the envelope, transforming ingredients with innovative techniques and treatments that reflect his eclectic culinary style. Dressings and sauces are poached, puréed and pickled to elevate the main ingredient with earthy wood-smoked flavours, piquant Asian ginger, mirin, miso and yuzu jelly, herbaceous varieties of cabbage and cauliflower and earthy beets and leeks. Expect tender slow-cooked or sous vide meats and poultry contrasting with the purity of flavours in yellowtail tataki or trout tartare. Luke takes the pretension out of fine dining.Wine:
Every dish is paired to a wine by glass or bottle from a good selection of top Cape wine labels suitable for every pocket.Service:
Attentive and professional, with well-informed advice from friendly staff on signature dishes and ingredients.Ambience:
Watch the culinary crew in action in the open kitchen, where Luke puts the fun back into fine dining in this retro warehouse space at the Old Biscuit Mill.And...:
Try his famous dishes on one of four set tasting menus: three-course, five-course, gourmand and vegetarian. (GH, October 2012)
Had lunch twice the past week! Absolutely amazing! We had the 5 course menu the Tuesday lunch and Wednesday the a la carte menu. Service compliment the delicious food...yum!
We had the pleasure to taste Luke Dale-Robert's sublime Discovery Menu. The 5 course meal blew us away, except for the fish - mushy tasteless hake, course. I definitely did not let that spoil the experience. I recommend the scallop starter, the fillet and the suckling pig is the most amazing dish on the menu. I am excited for his Pot Luck Club this weekend.
Another FANTASTIC dinner at Test Kitchen last night! Food, service, atmosphere, decor - it all adds up to being the the best in Cape Town, South Africa, and one of the best in the world. Can't wait until next time!
From the beginning to the 2.5 hour sitting end, eating here had been a pleasure and a gastronomic delight. One of the best we've ever been to. Hope they will keep up the good work and expectations. Friendly staff, great flavours.
We had lunch yesterday with starters and a main. Nice presentation and very good taste. But the portions were very small. At number 1 we expect more as in a bistro. Wooden chairs without cushions are hard. Table with metallic surface without a table cloth is ok for an outside pub. To sit next to a big table with very loud people makes it difficult to have a conversation with the partner. And last to get out hungry was not amusing.
I don't think you were there for a gastronomic experience. Test Kitchen is a true epicurean treat.
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Three-course dinner menu at R375 per person
Five-course lunch menu at R470