Test Kitchen Cape Town

Test Kitchen Cape Town

Luke Dale-Roberts is a true food artist. It’s not just about his innovative flavour combinations but his intelligent and oft sensual presentations – unusual crockery is designed to fit the dish, and involve more than just sight, small and taste. I am not one for finicky, over fussy food but his is simply world class. Waitstaff are impeccable, and watching the chefs work in the open-plan kitchen is like watching a contemporary dance routine. The Test Kitchen makes me feel enormously proud to be living in Cape Town. (Note that Luke has a second restaurant in the same complex, called Pot Luck, and his third and latest Cape Town restaurant, Shortmarket Club, is located in the city.)
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

An insider’s guide to the best places to eat in Cape Town, featuring the city’s best fine dining experiences, waterfront restaurants, sushi houses, and the top lunch venues. By Pippa De Bruyn, Telegraph Travel’s Cape Town expert.
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

Jon&nbsp March 22nd, 2012 at 11:07am I had an unbelievably good dinner at The Test Kitchen on Tuesday night. I had to book a fair way in back to get a table and taking into account the recent Eat Out Awards, my expectations were high. We all opted for the 5 course Discovery Menu and sampled all of the options. It was the most interesting, creative and beautiful food that I have had in Cape Town to date. The service was very attentive, but yet unobtrusive. The ambience was buzzing, and looking at all the activity in the new Tapas Restaurant that they have opened next door, I will definitely be trying that out very soon. Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

I had an unbelievably good dinner at The Test Kitchen on Tuesday night. I had to book a fair way in back to get a table and taking into account the recent Eat Out Awards, my expectations were high. We all opted for the 5 course Discovery Menu and sampled all of the options. It was the most interesting, creative and beautiful food that I have had in Cape Town to date. The service was very attentive, but yet unobtrusive. The ambience was buzzing, and looking at all the activity in the new Tapas Restaurant that they have opened next door, I will definitely be trying that out very soon. Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

Karen&nbspG October 13th, 2011 at 9:35am Last night we enjoyed another spectacular dinner at TTK. A friend wanted to surprise his wife on her birthday by flying down and surprising her at a restaurant in Cape Town. I knew it had to be the Test Kitchen. Not only were the staff perfect in facilitating the surprise, they went on to ensure a perfect evening with their friendly, knowledgeable and proud service. It's such a pleasure to eat the best food in a restaurant with such an amazing atmosphere of camaraderie and buzz, without being snooty. The food however was the highlight. Luke you have outdone yourself. Every morsel was a mouthful of heaven. And our friends (who eat out regularly in Johannesburg) kept saying that they have never experienced a meal such as this one ever in their lives. They were completely overwhelmed with the level of care in each dish, the combination of flavours and the special care you took of our table. And each plate was literally licked clean. It was a mind-blowing experience and if this is coming across all gushing – it’s meant to! This restaurant is right up there with the best in the world and we are holding all our fingers and toes for a superb result at the Eat Out Awards this year. Needless to say, we will be back, and again, thank you from all of us. Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

Last night we enjoyed another spectacular dinner at TTK. A friend wanted to surprise his wife on her birthday by flying down and surprising her at a restaurant in Cape Town. I knew it had to be the Test Kitchen. Not only were the staff perfect in facilitating the surprise, they went on to ensure a perfect evening with their friendly, knowledgeable and proud service. It's such a pleasure to eat the best food in a restaurant with such an amazing atmosphere of camaraderie and buzz, without being snooty. The food however was the highlight. Luke you have outdone yourself. Every morsel was a mouthful of heaven. And our friends (who eat out regularly in Johannesburg) kept saying that they have never experienced a meal such as this one ever in their lives. They were completely overwhelmed with the level of care in each dish, the combination of flavours and the special care you took of our table. And each plate was literally licked clean. It was a mind-blowing experience and if this is coming across all gushing – it’s meant to! This restaurant is right up there with the best in the world and we are holding all our fingers and toes for a superb result at the Eat Out Awards this year. Needless to say, we will be back, and again, thank you from all of us. Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

Felicity&nbspVardas August 23rd, 2011 at 2:10am Sublime and inspired cooking. Always a treat to come to this restaurant and an excellent way to celebrate. Multiple amuse bouche and sorbets make it a 7 course meal. Delicious sweet potato and brussel sprouts with Parmesan creme Catalan to start. Incredibly tender springbok loin for mains and the best dessert, a pine nut parfait. If in Cape Town do yourself a favour and go to the Test Kitchen! Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Test Kitchen Cape Town

Jason&nbspCurtis August 4th, 2011 at 8:43am Without doubt one of Cape Town's finest dining spots. Wonderful flavour combinations, coupled with competent staff – not to mention a well-priced wine list. Make The Test Kitchen a must for everyone looking to spoil your taste buds. Ambience ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Service ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Food ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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I had an unbelievably good dinner at The Test Kitchen on Tuesday night. I had to book a fair way in back to get a table and taking into account the recent Eat Out Awards, my expectations were high. We all opted for the 5 course Discovery Menu and sampled all of the options. It was the most interesting, creative and beautiful food that I have had in Cape Town to date. The service was very attentive, but yet unobtrusive. The ambience was buzzing, and looking at all the activity in the new Tapas Restaurant that they have opened next door, I will definitely be trying that out very soon.
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Last night we enjoyed another spectacular dinner at TTK. A friend wanted to surprise his wife on her birthday by flying down and surprising her at a restaurant in Cape Town. I knew it had to be the Test Kitchen. Not only were the staff perfect in facilitating the surprise, they went on to ensure a perfect evening with their friendly, knowledgeable and proud service. It's such a pleasure to eat the best food in a restaurant with such an amazing atmosphere of camaraderie and buzz, without being snooty. The food however was the highlight. Luke you have outdone yourself. Every morsel was a mouthful of heaven. And our friends (who eat out regularly in Johannesburg) kept saying that they have never experienced a meal such as this one ever in their lives. They were completely overwhelmed with the level of care in each dish, the combination of flavours and the special care you took of our table. And each plate was literally licked clean. It was a mind-blowing experience and if this is coming across all gushing – it’s meant to! This restaurant is right up there with the best in the world and we are holding all our fingers and toes for a superb result at the Eat Out Awards this year. Needless to say, we will be back, and again, thank you from all of us.
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The approach, with a dire business park looming to the right and cookie cutter golf estate to your left, is not promising, but it’s foodie heaven once you are here, under the oaks. Producing unpretentious, classy, utterly delicious food, Michael Broughton is one of Cape Town’s top 5 chefs (along with Luke Dale-Roberts (Test Kitchen), George Jardine (Jordan Restaurant), Berus Bason (Overture) and Margot Janse (Tasting Room). Known as a master saucier, his food is deceptively simple yet flavours are always pitch perfect. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Fine dining with the shoes kicked off. 
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About Luke Luke Dale-Roberts is one of South Africa’s most celebrated chefs. Synonymous with innovative gastronomic creations, fresh flavours and consistent excellence, Luke is a busy man. He is the owner of The Test Kitchen in Cape Town’s vibrant Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, offers expert consultancy and external catering for exclusive events and still manages to cook the occasion feast at home. Follow him on Twitter for foodie inspiration.
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Luke Dale-Roberts is one of South Africa’s most celebrated chefs. Synonymous with innovative gastronomic creations, fresh flavours and consistent excellence, Luke is a busy man. He is the owner of The Test Kitchen in Cape Town’s vibrant Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, offers expert consultancy and external catering for exclusive events and still manages to cook the occasion feast at home. Follow him on Twitter for foodie inspiration.