Fodor's Expert Review The Test Kitchen

$$$$ Woodstock Eclectic Fodor's Choice

Star chef Luke Dale Roberts put South Africa on the culinary map when he opened this deceptively casual-looking eatery in Cape Town's trendy Woodstock neighborhood in 2009. Serving varying tasting menus of truly mind-blowing inspiration, Roberts is working some serious foodie magic here, and you'll be lucky if you can get a table (it's typically booked four months in advance). The wonders begin with dishes like pickled fish served with carrots prepared three ways and honeycomb, a meal that brilliantly showcases Roberts' genius for texture and working sweet against savory. The journey continues with creations like a "Southern-style foie gras" of bourbon, molasses, and oak-smoked duck. Expect the unexpected (both in taste sensation and the arrival of little yummies you didn't order), and don't neglect the cocktails, which are also brilliant. The relaxed ambience created by exposed brick, funky lamps, friendly staff, and a totally open service area acts as a great foil to the cuisine coming out of this kitchen.

Eclectic Trendy Sophisticated Prix-Fixe Lunch Dinner $$$$ Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

375 Albert Rd.
Cape Town, Western Cape  7925, South Africa

021-447–2337

www.thetestkitchen.co.za

Known For:
  • Sensory-culinary food-theater experience
  • Intense flavors from all over the globe presented in unexpected and thrilling ways
  • Great cocktails (served from a delightful trolley), amazing wine pairings
  • Bevy of excellent servers
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon.

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